Crewe ALSTON 
- Born: 28 Jul 1828, Odell Rectory
- Christened: 4 Aug 1828, Odell BDF
- Marriage (1): Mary SPEKE  on 27 Feb 1851 in Dowlish Wake SOM
- Marriage (2): Emily Dorothy Henrietta Cecil LONG  on 21 Dec 1857 in British Embassy Paris
- Died: 11 Aug 1901 aged 73
- Buried: 14 Aug 1901, Odell BDF
Odell Great Wood, Bedfordshire.
Near The Old Beech Tree.
About 150 fine Oak Trees and about 250 Saplings,
Will Be Sold by Auction,
by W Hipwell.
On Tuesday the 28th day of June 1859.
The Property of Crewe Alston, Esq. Two Months Credit upon approved security.
Luncheon will be provided at 11 o'clock, and the Sale commences punctually at 12.
Bedfordshire Times and Independent 18 June 1859. (This was an annual event)
A New Cricket Ground. Crewe Alston, Esq, has, with his accustomed liberality provided a most excellent piece of land for a cricket ground at this place, which, by constant mowing, rolling, and levelling, has been brought into first rate order for the manly game. A highly respectable club has been formed, which is now open to receive a friendly challenge from any neighbouring eleven.
Bedfordshire Mercury 70 August 1861.
Appointment of Sheriffs.
At the Court at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, on the 5th inst, the following Sheriffs were appointed by her Majesty in Council for the year 1862:
Bedfordshire. Crewe Alston, Esq., Of Odell.
Norfolk Chronicle 15 February 1862.
Odell - Fire.
On Wednesday the 1st instant, about 3 o'clock in the afternoon a file broke out at this place in the thatch of a cottage, the property of Crewe Alston, Esq, and in the occupation of Thomas Foskett. The cottage was entirely burnt down, and a portion of Foskett's furniture was also destroyed. The fire is supposed to have been caused by some defect in the chimney belonging to the cottage adjoining. The property was insured in the Royal Exchange fire office.
Bedfordshire Times and Independent 7 March 1865.
The Bedfordshire Mercury of 15 December 1866 Pg 1. Publish's a notice under the Act for Enclosure, Exchange and Improvement of Lands advising of the exchange of a strip of wasteland and spinney lying to the West side of Odell Village and Dungee Road comprising 2 acres 2 roods and 29 perches belonging to Baroness Cowper of Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, with a Double Cottage and Gardens of 19 perches in the parish of Harrold belonging to Crewe Alston of 38 Belsize Park Hempstead.
England Return of Owners of Land 1873. Devon.
Crewe Alston. Ugborough, Devon. 2595a 1r 11p gross estimated rental value. L3978/3s/0
Any persons trespassing in Odell Castle under the pretence of Nutting or picking acorns, without permission from Mr Saunders steward, or the present Proprietor, will be prosecuted.
By order of:
Bedfordshire Times and Independent 30 September 1873.
The London Gazette
5 May 1885.
Bankrupcy Court Notice.
Crewe Alston of 7 Brunswick Tce Kensington Gent - High Court of Justice in Bankruptcy - ref No 194 of 1885 - Date of Meeting 4 May 1885.
The London Gazette 5 May 1885.
Sittings in Bankruptcy, before Mr Registrar Giffard.
In Re Alston.
The bankrupt, Crewe Alston, described as of Brunswick Terrace Kensington, gentleman, applied for an order of discharge. His statement of affairs showed liabilities to the amount of L14262 with assets L330.
Mr Mattinson appeared in support of the application; and Mr Aldridge for the Official Receiver.
The bankrupt is the tenant for life of large estates in Bedfordshire, but it appears that owing to the depreciation in the value of landed property, consequent upon agricultural depression, he has been obliged to borrow money on his interest, and the collateral security of policies. He attributes his insolvency to the action of the mortgagees in commencing foreclosure proceedings, and he states that for the last nine years he and his family have been dependent on the charity of friends, and small sums received from his solicitors and from his wife's trustees. The Official Receiver reported that the bankrupt had contracted debts without having any reasonable expectation of being able to pay them. To this the bankrupt replied that the bulk of the debts were incurred previously to the year 1877, and at a time when he was in receipt of considerable income from his estates, and his councils submitted that any model suspension would meet the justice of the case.
Mr Registrar Giffard suspended the order of discharge for six months.
The Times 4 November 1886.
Orders Made on Application for Discharge.
Alston Crewe, Brunswick Tce, Kensington, gentleman - discharge suspended for six months.
The Times 4 Dec 1886 col. 4. (from the London Gazette)
Crewe was the Treasurer of a Society promoting the American
Confederate Cause, named the Society for Promoting a Cessation of Hostilities in America.
A letter in the Virginia Historical Society USA written in 1873 by Thomas Jefferson Page, a former Confederate Naval officer, to Rev Tremlett in England an organiser of the above Society, talks about a letter he had sent to Alston "of which he has taken no notice", and believes that he is deliberately ignoring his letters. He asks "if Mr. Alston can be brought to the quick settlement of this transaction, without having to place the matter in the hands of some Lawyer. . . . . " (no details are given of what the business was).
He goes on: "One thing I am resolved on - since Mr. Alston's course has been so wide of what I should have expected of a gentleman - to expose him and his disreputable son if he forces me to a public trial. . . . . "
He then goes on - "In taking his vulgar son into my family, I was activated by a desire to confer a favor. If I am forced to bring this matter to the unpleasant issue alluded to, not only will Mr. Alston's son be exposed, but Mr. Alston himself, who sent his son abroad without the means of meeting one day's expenses. . . . . and. . . . . never remitted him a penny during the time his son was at my Estancia, about 18 months. Mr. Alston has no right to expect me to supply his son's necessary wants; I nevertheless did so, in order to shield him, in so far as I could, from disgrace."
Ref: Michael Hammerson - Extracts from "The Alstons of Bedfordshire" by Susan Perrett
7 May 2003 on CD.
Magistrates for the County 1890
Crewe Alston Harrold Hall Bedford
Kellys Directory Bedfordshire 1890.
Another Blank Sheet. The justices present at the courthouse on Friday were Mr Stillman Gibberd, who was in the chair, Sir Charles Payne, Mr H Watson, and Mr Crewe Alston. For the third time in succession there were no criminal cases before the bench, and the only business was the signing of several summonses.
Bedfordshire Times and Independent 2 May 1896
The base of the cross on the family grave of Crewe Alston in Odell Churchyard is inscribed:
1st Step: E - Family grave of Crewe Alston Esq.; Nth - Emily Isabel second daughter of Crewe Alston Esq. born July 24 1858 died June 2 1864; W - Also of Crew third son of Crewe Alston born Mar 23 1864 ied Feb 8 1866; Sth - Edith a third daughter Crewe Alston Esq. born Dec 21 1859 died May 10 1921.
2nd Step: E - Crewe Alston Esq. born July 28 1828 died Aug 11 1901; W - Roland Crew Alston
Esq. J.P. born Feb 14 1852 died Jan 12 1933; Sth - Emily Dorothy Henrietta Cecil born Oct 15 1836 died Dec 24 1904 second wife of Crew Alston.
Society Wound Up.
It was announced last week in the advertisement columns of this newspaper that the Crewe Alston Independent Benefit Friendly Society, held at the "Mad Dog" inn, Odell, was "dissolved by instrument" under the Friendly Societies Act 1896.
The society was enrolled In 1856 under the auspices of the Nottingham Order of Odd Fellows and seceded from this Order about 25 years ago. It now consists of about 37 members, most of whom are elderly men living out of the district. No new members had joined for a number of years and interest in the society has lapsed. For these reasons it is to be wound up, and each member is to have a share of the funds.
Bedfordshire Times and Independent 22 January 1932.
Images of Harrold Hall courtesy:
1. Census: England, 8 Apr 1861, Odell Castle BDF. Crewe is recorded as head of house married aged 32 a JP born Odell
Also in the house were the family and seven servants
2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 22 Chepstow Plc Kensington. Crewe is recorded as head of house aged 52 J.P. for Bedford born Odell
3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, 115 Droop St Chelsea London. Crewe is recorded as head of house married aged 62 living on his own means born Odell BDF
Crewe married Mary SPEKE  [MRIN: 1395], daughter of Rev Hugh SPEKE M A  and Mary WEEKS , on 27 Feb 1851 in Dowlish Wake SOM. (Mary SPEKE  was christened on 22 Jul 1829 in Dowlish Wake SOM and died in 1856.)
Crewe next married Emily Dorothy Henrietta Cecil LONG  [MRIN: 1403], daughter of Frederick Beckford LONG of Hampton Lodge Farnborough.  and Maria , on 21 Dec 1857 in British Embassy Paris. (Emily Dorothy Henrietta Cecil LONG  was born on 15 Oct 1836 in London, died on 24 Nov 1904 in Avalon Hse Marnhull DOR and was buried on 28 Nov 1904 in Odell BDF.)