Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Wedding of Miss Bagot & Mr Cropper

We left home a week ago on our big trip for the year, working our way upwards from Shaftesbury till we got to Scotland.
We thought we'd spend a bit of time in the Lake District enroute, and have been here now since Friday, staying at Bowness on Windermere.
Yesterday we went to Keswick and had a lovely wander round the town, in a small shop I found some old photos and it wasn't until I had a better look at them last night that I realised this beautiful postcard wedding photo had great information on the back ! 
The postmark was from Grange over Sands on September 13 1911 to a lady living in Lancaster, from a lady called Mary.
Among the note on the back it says 'this is the wedding of Miss Bagot to Mr Cropper last September twelve month at Heversham Church' in different writing at the side it says 'Miss Bagot Levens Hall'
I was amazed! After checking the map I realised we weren't far away, so off we went this morning and had a ride to Levens Hall, now open to the public, you can look round the house and garden, it also has a cafe and shop. It is also a beautiful Wedding venue! 
This is the super postcard old photo I bought of Miss Bagot and Mr Cropper. What an exquisite dress! And the flowers...it looked a stunning wedding.
As we are away I have limited resources to do any research but have surprisingly done quite well.
Miss Marjorie Constance Bagot was born on 24 March 1888 in London, her parents were Major Josceline Fitzroy Bagot (1854-1913) and Theodosia Leslie (1865-1940)
Siblings were.......
Dorothy (1886-1974)
Mary (1889- )
Lt Sir Alan, 1st Baronet Bagot, who was in the Welsh Guards in WW1, (1889-1920)
Marjorie Constance Bagot married Mr James Winstanley Cropper on Wednesday 7th September 1910 in Heversham Church a short distance from Levens Hall. 
It was such a great local event that all the staff and children of Levens school were invited, some probably in the picture above.
Levens Hall is very large and beautiful.
Some photos below....and first photo above.......
Very brief history of the hall...
In 1883 Sir Josceline Bagot (Marjorie's father ) Mary Howard's fathers, great great nephew, inherited Levens Hall.
In 1896 a son was born (Marjorie's brother) Alan Desmond Bagot, he was the 1st direct line male heir for 200 years!! 
In 1913 Sir Josceline Bagot (Marjorie's father) dies....Alan inherited the hall.
In 1920 sadly Alan dies of pneumonia (I'm not sure if this was as a result of WW1) so Levens Hall is inherited by his uncle Richard Bagot.
We also went to Heversham Church this morning.....
Recognise the archway!
I was really hoping to find a family burial plot but no luck, needs more investigation! so I shall come back to this research later in the year.
Marjorie and James Cropper had seven children that I can find...
Anthony Charles 1912-1967
Rachel Marjorie 1915-2005
Mary E 1918-
Anne Sybil 1919-1993
Theodosia Olive 1921-2010
Gabrielle Edith 1923-1986
Ruth Ellen 1925-1983
Major James W Cropper born in 1879, became a Justice of the peace, died in 1956 aged 78 years old....
Marjorie Constance Cropper died on 5 March 1951 in Westmoreland aged almost 63 years old...
In Heversham church the only mention we could find of the family name Bagot was this memorial to Richard Bagot, who inherited the hall from Marjorie's father.

This will be continued......
Till next time then..................

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Dickens Dictionary of LONDON 1881

This is another of my recent finds 'Dickens Dictionary of London 1881' by Charles Dickens Jnr.
The first one of these was published in 1879.
Once again I found this book in a box of all sorts at a Car Boot sale, its in awful condition, falling apart, but there doesn't seem to be any pages missing and the information in it is just wonderful! I just couldn't leave it there....
Click on photos to enlarge......

Front of book
Back of book

Title page, Love the adverts

Anything you wanted to know about London was listed

Somerset house on this page

A list of Streets re-named

The Crystal Palace

Hospital adverts

A selection of Dictionaries available

Loving the Hats !

 Charles Dickens Jnr was born Charles Culliford Boz Dickens, he was the eldest child of Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine.
Born 6th January 1837 and died of heart failure on 20th July 1896.
He is buried in Mortlake cemetery.
As a youngster he went to Kings College, London and then Eton College. He also went to Germany to study the language, and at aged 18 he began working for Barings Bank.
As a young man his father encouraged him away from Journalism and into business as a Tea Merchant, he visited China, Hong Kong and Japan in 1860.
Charles Jnr married Elizabeth Matilda Moule Evans in 1863 and they had eight children. 
He went to work for his father Charles after his printing business failed in 1868, and then inherited his fathers magazine 'All the Year Round' after Charles Dickens Snr death in 1870.
In 1879 jointly with his father in law, Frederick Evans (a publisher, friend of his father Charles)he published the very first of these little books.
His other famous Dictionary is 'Dickens Dictionary of the Thames'
This little handbook was published for eighteen years in total the last one being 1896/7.
As this one is only the third edition I am quite pleased to have found it....
Charles Dickens Jnr
Till next time then...............

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Snapshots from a 1920's Album

At a Car Boot sale last summer I came across 7 old photo album pages in a tatty box under a sellers table, the box was awful and very damp and mouldy and so were the grey loose pages, but the snapshots that were glued onto the pages looked interesting. The seller said that the box had been in his damp garage for a long while and if I wanted them I could have them for a pound !! Couldn't believe my luck !
It took me a while to unstick the photos from the pages, and decipher the writing under each one (some photos were missing sadly) but I realised I had found some super images of times past, I have carefully cleaned the photos to scan, so here they are .....all 26 of them..mostly taken in Hampshire and Dorset, and some places I know and have visited.
On each photo the caption is what was written under each, on the album pages......

Group Soberton 1927
Evelyn, Woodlands, Dorset 1926
Bustle 1927
Woodlands, Dorset 1926
Teachers Outing, Seaview, I of W, 1927
S.School outing, Lee on Solent, 1927
I am guessing that S. School could be Sunday School ?
Myself in Garden 1927
What a lovely lady to have written on all of these snaps, but I would love to know who she was !
Mr and Mrs Kent and Freda in garden, Purbrook 1927
New Forest S.S.Outing 1926
This one above is I assume Sunday School...
From top of Portsmouth Hill 1927
WOW ! this view is wonderful looking out to sea in the distance, we have been up here many times and the view is so much different now looking down to Portsmouth, its unrecognisable !!
Group at St Mary's mission at Havant 1928
Does anyone know anything about St Mary's mission in Havant ? Have found information for others at Portsmouth..They were obviously all connected..
St Mary's Mission, Portsea Parish

Group at Emsworth, Easter 1928
Emsworth is a lovely place to visit, again we have been many times, a favourite of ours...
Warblington Church

Freda at Warblington 1927
Warblington Church, Church of Thomas a Beckett is a lovely place to visit, down a little 'no through road' lane, in the Freda photo on the right in the distance you can just see the remains of Warblington Castle, still looks the same today...
More info here......Warblington..

Group at Westbourne 1928
 Westbourne is an area of Bournemouth, Dorset........
Woodlands Nr Wimborne, Dorset

Woodlands Nr Wimborne, Dorset

Broadlands, Catherington 1928
 Could this be a house on the Broadlands estate, Nr Romsey ?
The two Norah's 1928
Norah, Soberton, 1928
Norah, Freda, Joan in garden, Portsmouth 1928
I love this one of the ladies reading 'The Weekly Telegraph'.........
Girls Village Homes, Barkingside, 1934

Girls of Heartsease Cottage 1934 Village Homes Barkingside
These two photos above are wonderful, Heartsease was one of the Dr Barnardo's homes, please follow the link for lots more information from Peter Higginbotham's brilliant website..............
Peter Higginbotham, Childrens Homes website
Retreat House, Pleasy 1934
Dad and Freda Portchester 1935
This is Portchester Castle, Hampshire.. we know it well..lovely to visit and great for picnics !
More info here... Portchester Castle
If you recognize anyone please let me know !!

Till next time then..............

Friday, 6 February 2015

Stanley Dark Hickman and New Zealand

A CDV card with a name and a date !! How brilliant is that !
It makes me want to cheer...that's one of the rewards of collecting old photos, you never know when you might be lucky enough to come across one with information on.
 It makes such a difference, because instead of speculating who, when and what happened to them, you can usually find out.
This lovely baby photo below is one such find.........

Stanley Dark Hickman was born on the 30th January 1884 in Newport, Shropshire, but not Baptized until 11 September 1892 in Newport, Shropshire.
He was the eldest child of Alfred John Hickman (1859-1937) and Catherine (Dark) Hickman (1859-1949)
Stanley had two siblings Leslie Alfred Dark Hickman born in 1893, and Kate Edith Dark Hickman born in 1899.
In the 1881 census Alfred was a visitor at Catherine's family home in London, Catherine's mother being a widow at this time, her husband Benjamin had died in 1872. Catherine had quite a few siblings, some of which were involved in the family business (as her father was) of Cricket Bat and Ball manufacturing. Other 'Dark' family members were also living close by in St Johns Wood.
On the 12th April 1883 Alfred and Catherine were married at St Marylebone.
Alfred was a veterinary surgeon, who was born in Middlesex, but after he met and married Catherine, who was born in St Johns Wood... they moved from London to live in Newport, Shropshire.
Which is where you find the family living in the 1891 and 1901 census.
They lived in 'Bridge House' St Nicholas's area of Newport and were obviously doing fairly well as they had a servant on both census.
My next step was to look for more information on the family in the 1911 census, as you do...but nothing !
Then I found that on 13th January 1904 Stanley Dark Hickman aged 20 years old whose occupation was listed as Farmer, had travelled on the ship............
Stanley on passenger list near the bottom
SS Iconic
SS Iconic belonging to Shaw, Savill and Albion Co Ltd to Wellington, New Zealand, it was a 70 day trip then for 474 passengers exclusive of the crew.
On the 18th October 1906, two and a half years later I found Stanley's brother Leslie and his sister Kate on a ship to Wellington, New Zealand also.
I have searched every page of passenger lists but I cannot find the parents Alfred and Catherine Hickman at all, I am assuming there must be a page missing.
In the New Zealand electoral rolls for 1911 living in Quadrant Road, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand, I have found the Hickman family, Alfred working for the government as a Veterinary Surgeon, with wife Catherine and their two younger children, Leslie and Kate. Leslie is now a Carpenter.
The first mention we have in the records of Stanley is living in Rangitikei, Manawatu-Wanganui (not too far from his parents and siblings) and working as a Drover.
Stanley got married in 1915 to Agnes Louisa Morton a New Zealand girl, born in 1893 in April Q in Wellington.
During WW1 both of the Hickman boys, Stanley and Leslie served in the forces for New Zealand.
Stanley was listed as a Sheep Farm Manager at the time.
I have found in the 1949 and after Electoral rolls there is a Donald Dark Hickman living with Agnes Louisa, who could probably be a son to the couple, but have also found two stillborn children born to Hickman over a couple of years just after their marriage. But they may have had other children but without certificates its difficult to tell, as there were a few Hickman families living in the same area before our Hickman family emigrated there.
I am presuming, as I do... that they..all or some of them at least, may have been related.
The family are all listed in the Electoral rolls for the years ahead, 1919, 1928, 1935, often with other Hickman family present at the same address.....
Then on 2nd November 1937 father Alfred John Hickman died aged 77. He is buried in Mangere Cemetery.
The remaining family are all on the 1938 Electoral rolls and on as late as 1946.
Mother Catherine passed away in April 1949 aged 89 years old and sadly later that same year on 9th August our man Stanley Dark Hickman also died aged 64 years.
Leslie Alfred died in 1978 aged 85. I haven't found a marriage for him.
The last record I can find of Stanley's sister Kate is in 1981 living at 172 Melrose Road, Roskill, Auckland, she was aged 92 then and still never married. I cannot find her death record, but she had a good innings as they say.....
Stanley's wife Agnes Louisa died aged 95 on the 20th July 1988.

 This is a super picture above of a Drover from New Zealand that I found......amazing where a picture can lead you isn't it...........

Till next time then.............................