1892-1914 – Ewell Court House, Nr Epsom, Surrey

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 18 of: Continue reading “1892-1914 – Ewell Court House, Nr Epsom, Surrey”

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1876 – The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Bedfordshire

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 10 of: Continue reading “1876 – The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Bedfordshire”

1871 – High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

SM 08 – Jan 12

High Leigh, on the outskirts of Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, is only just over a mile from the Pulham Manufactory in Broxbourne.   The owner was Robert Barclay, a member of the famous banking dynasty.   Over the generations, his ancestors had married into a number of other banking families, and Robert was responsible for merging twenty banks into Barclay and Company Ltd. [i]   He would almost certainly have known James 2 personally, because his family had been leading members of the Quaker fraternity for many years – as, I am sure, were the Pulhams – and they probably attended the same Friends Meeting House in Hoddesdon. Continue reading “1871 – High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire”

1898-99 – Sunningdale Park, Ascot, Berkshire

SM 03 – Aug 11

Sunningdale Park is situated in what once used to be part of Windsor Great Park, and still contains a Spanish Chestnut tree – with a girth in excess of twenty feet! – that dates back to the time of Henry VIII.   James Wyatt built the first house at Sunningdale in 1785, and, over the years, this was rebuilt and enlarged by its successive owners until Major William James Joicey – of the Northern mining family – bought it in 1890. Continue reading “1898-99 – Sunningdale Park, Ascot, Berkshire”