Sunday, 12 December 2010

We learned that when Jerome Nicholas Vlieland- the professor- was living in Norwich he lived in Redwell street.

He went from Norwich to teach at Hethel house.
But he wrote a lot of books there as well.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Herr Vlieland

Today we received a Christmascard from Gilly.
And always when there is contact we find a new lead in our search for J.N.Vlieland.
With the card next to the laptop I googled Vlieland and Christmas and see what came up.
In the memoires of William Warren Vernon our Jerome is mentioned.
A reference to Jerome Nicholas Vlieland from William Warren Vernon who was his pupil at boardingschool in Hethel and also from Lord Cromer who mentioned him in a letter to William Vernon.

Lord Cromer Evelyn Baring (1841–1917) was the ninth son of Henry Baring and his second wife, Cecilia Anne (Windham). The English Baring family descends from John (née Johan) Baring, who emigrated from Germany in 1717. John's son Sir Francis was the founder of Barings Bank. Henry was the third son of Sir Francis. When he died in 1848, young Evelyn, then seven years old, was sent to boarding school. At fourteen, he entered the Royal Military Academy, graduating at seventeen with a lieutenant's commission in the Royal Artillery. He was initially posted to a battery on the island of Corfu.
While on Corfu, Baring became aware of his own lack of education, and began a campaign of self-education, learning Greek and fluent Italian.
And we can assume he used the books of Jerome Vlieland to do this.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Roll of honour.

We are very proud of our Vlieland women.
We found them in the newspapers.
To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order
For services to childcare in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mrs Maxine Janet Vlieland.maiden name Illing Wife of Pieter Vlieland.
Organising secretary, Keonigswinter
To be Commander of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order: —
Alice Edith, Mrs. Vlieland. Wife of Charles James Vlieland.
For political and public services in Exeter.
Dorothy Vlieland
The St David's Church 1914-1919 Roll of Honour

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Thomas Pearman Stevens

Thomas Pearman Stevens was born 3 Febr.1845 as son of William Samuel Stevens.
In September of 1874 Thomas married Ellen Pidsley at Newton Abbot and they had 5 children.All born in the St.Thomas area.
Mable Marion Stevens born 1875 died 1895.
Redgenald Gould Stevens born 1877 died 1900.
Violet Maud Stevens born December 1878 died September1895.
Allan Randolph Stevens born December 1880.
Ellen Mary Stevens born 1883 died 1961
The last two were sent to Alberta Canada for their health.
After the death of Ellen Pidsley he married Alice Vlieland on the 9th March 1887 at Hitching.

Alice and Thomas had 3 children together .

Thomas Pearman Stevens known as Pym born 15th January 1888.Educated Dover College and went on to Oxford.He became Vicar of Hartley and died around 1936.
Paul Pearman Stevens born 3 march 1889.Educated Dover College and London University.
Served in the first world war as an officer and later became an antique collector and dealer of note.
He died around 1942 at Abbotsford Scotland where he was Honourary Librarian to Sir Maxwell Scott.
They became friends during the first world war.
Marjory Doris Stevens born 1891 and died 1972 .
She spent 2 years at finishing school in Brussels before entering the Royal College of Music London.
In world war 1 for her war effort she drove ambulances and official cars.
After the war she married Frank Peachy of Woodbridge Suffolk a public schoolmaster and best friend of Pym.
They married from her aunts Frances Elizabeth Chesterman house .
They had one daughter.
Thomas died 

Where the name Pearman comes from.
Saturday 13 April 1844 Oxford Journal - On the 9th inst. at Whitchurch, in this county, by the Rev. E. Moore, M.A. Mr. William Samuel Stevens, of Blount's Court, to 'Mary Kate, second daughter of James Pearman, Esq. of Goring Heath.
(Marriages Jun 1844: Stevens William Samuel = PEARMAN Mary Kate Bradfield 6 215)
Thomas's grandfather:
James Pearman was a Farmer 200 Acres Employs 8 Men And Boys in 1851 census. He also had grandson James Morrison Stevens age 4 staying with him and his wife (and an unmarried son and daughter)

Thomas's father:

Saturday 20 October 1860 Reading Mercury - On the 17th inst., at St. Giles' Church, Reading, by the Rev. W. F. Addison, Mr. William Samuel Stevens, of Goring, to Ellen, youngest daughter of Mr. W. H. Gibbons, London-st., Reading.
(Marriages Dec 1860: Gibbons Ellen Stevens = William Samuel Reading 2c 730)
1861 census Gatehampton Farm, Goring, Oxfordshire - Farmer Occupying 550 Acres age 41 with second wife Ellen.
Saturday 28 April 1883 Reading Mercury (and Morning Post - Thursday 26 April 1883) - Stevens.—On the 2lst inst., at Coombe, Streatley, William Samuel Stevens (late of Gatehampton), aged 63.
In Exeter memories we find Thomas Pearman Stevens.
Well Park Brewery - Willey's Ave

Purpose-built in 1870 by the partnership of Thomas Gould Pidsley, his brother Hayward Gould Pidsley and brother-in-law Thomas Pearman Stevens, the Well Park Brewery was situated in Willey's Avenue, opposite the railway embankment. Built of brick, the brewery would have incorporated the latest ideas for beer production. Hayward Pidsley retired in 1885, and in 1887 Thomas Stevens sold his interest to Alfred Ross and renamed the firm, Ross & Pidsley.

A promotional leaflet printed in 1888, stated "We respectfully draw attention to the facilities offered for obtaining our celebrated ales and stout in patent, screw-stoppered bottles which are so much preferred by reason of their being easily opened." The leaflet went on to say that the stout had "great strengthening properties" and was "recommended for the use of invalids". Double stout could be purchased for 3 shillings a dozen bottles.

The 1888 leaflet mentioned the water supply to the brewery:"A deep well on the premises yields an unfailing supply of the purest water which on analysis was found to contain the constituents so essential to the production of those high class ales for which the Well-Park Brewery has become celebrated."

They continued brewing until 1925, when it was bought by J A Devenish & Company, a Weymouth based brewery, and production ceased. The premises became a sales and distribution depot for Devenish.

A story that has almost become a legend from the Second World War relates how a few days after Christmas 1942, a German raider dropped a bomb on the gasworks. It missed and bounced out of the gasworks yard, along Willey's Avenue, to stop just short of the Well Park Brewery, where it exploded.

After the war, the buildings were used by the city electrical and plumbing contractors I J Cannings & Son Ltd, and later on, a tile retailer. They have just been converted into 14 flats.
Well Park Brewery

The old brewery buildings are now apartments.
In the London Gazette we find.
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership
lately subsisting between us the undersigned,
Thomas Pearman Stevens, Hayward Gould Pidsley, and
Tom Gould Pidsley, carrying on business as Brewers and
Maltsters, at the Well Park Brewery, Saint Thomas, near
Exeter, under the style or firm of Stevens, Pidsley, and
Co., has this day been dissolved, by mutual consent, so
far as regards the said Hayward Gould Pidsley, who retires
from the firm. All debts cine to or owing by the
said late firm will be received and p:-iid by the said
Thomas Pearman Stevens and Tom Gould Pidsley, who
will continue the said business under the present style or
firm of Stevens, Pidsley, and Co. — As witness our hands
this 31st day of August, 1885.
Thomas Pearman Stevens.
Hayward Gould Pidsley.
Turn Gould Pidsley.

The Falcon was owned by Thomas Pearman-Stevens, Pickwick Brewery of Corsham in Wiltshire in 1891. The business was acquired by Wilkins Brothers & Hudson Ltd of Bradford on Avon in 1896 with 20 tied houses. However, according to the 1903 petty licensing book, the Falcon was still owned by the Pickwick Brewery in 1903.
Thomas Pearman Stevens father was William Samuel Stevens.
He was baptised on 17 Sep 1819 in Mapledurham, Oxfordshire.
1860, Gatehampton, Goring, Oxfordshire.
He appeared on the census in 1861 in Gatehampton Farm, Goring, Oxfordshire. RG9 742 f144 p17
He appeared on the census in 1881 in Coombe Villa, Coombe Bottom, Streately, Berkshire. RG11 1297 F43 Pg 9
He worked as a Yeoman.

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, Isaac
Belcher and Samuel Hale Smith, carrying on business as
Brewers, Maltsters, and Wine and Spirit Merchants, at
Pickwick Brewery, Gorsham, in the county of Wilts,
under the style or firm of Belcher and Smith, has this
day been dissolved by mutual consent. The business
will in future be carried on at the same address by
Thomas Pearman Stevens, by whom all debts due to the
late firm will be received. All debts owing by the late
firm will be paid by the undersigned, Isaac Belcher and
Samuel Hale Smith.—Dated this 4th day of April, 1887.
Isaac Belcher.
Samuel Hale Smith

The Falcon was owned by Thomas Pearman-Stevens, Pickwick Brewery of Corsham in Wiltshire in 1891. The business was acquired by Wilkins Brothers & Hudson Ltd of Bradford on Avon in 1896 with 20 tied houses. However, according to the 1903 petty licensing book, the Falcon was still owned by the Pickwick Brewery in 1903.

The pubs of the Wilkins Bros & Hudson Newtown Brewery were later acquired by Ushers Wiltshire Brewery. The Falcon Inn, however, was sold to Georges Bristol Brewery on 1st April 1926. The ownership later passed to the Courage Brewery.

The 17th century Falcon Hotel closed early in 2008 and it was feared that it would never again open as a pub. A controversial restrictive covenant was placed on the property by owners Enterprise Inns, that stipulated that the sale must be without a licence to sell intoxicating liquor. The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and other interested parties are actively campaigning against these unjust restrictive covenants. However, common sense prevailed and the restrictive covenant was removed from the Falcon which began trading once more in the summer of 2009.

It is now owned by Tynedale Inns and the interior has been sympathetically redesigned. Real ales are now served direct from casks from behind the bar. The Falcon has survived against all odds.


Map Reference: ST 759933

Owner in 1891: Thomas Pearman-Stephens , Pickwick Brewery, Corsham, Wilts

Rateable Value in 1891: £14.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Pickwick Brewery

Rateable Value in 1903: £14.10s.0s.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Owner in 1926: Georges & Co, Bristol Brewery

Present Status: Currently closed (March 2009)

1820,1830 Thomas Cary

1849,1863 George Hobbs Minett

1867 Elizabeth Wiles (Mrs)

1879,1881 James Derrett (born 1826 in Wotton under Edge)

1885 Elizabeth Derrett (Mrs)

1889 John Merson Baxter

1891 Laura Isabel Randall

1899 J. Saywood

1902,1903,1910 Caleb Goddard

1919,1927 John Hy. Goddard

1933,1939 Percival Stephen Harper

? William Charles Hooper

? Arthur Nicklin

? James Bond

? Raymond Cross

? John Bartram

1977 - March 1989 William and Irene Suffell

1997 Alison Neave

1997 (Nov) - 1998 (Jan) Mike Birch (former Gloucester rugby player)

1998 Steve Mirfin (manager)

2000 Chris Marchant (owner), Mike Donnelly (deputy manager)

2002 Brigitte Appleyard and Martyn Mould (who afterwards moved to the White Lion in Long Street)

2009 Wendy Turner

Sunday, 14 November 2010


Discovering persons make you curious.
What did they look like ?
Where did they live?
In the mails there is sometimes a reference to the person or a place.
She was very nice person and smiled all the time.
They lived in the vicarage and we often went to play there.
They lived in a splendid arts and crafts house.
And then you are on a hunt for days trying to find a picture of that person ,or that house or that place.
There must have been a lot more information or portraits.
As there is a photographer Dudley Batty in the family and a lot of artistic painters as well.
So if you have a link,a photograph,or scan that fits the blog we will add it for everyone to enjoy.

To start you of a photograph of a William Ernest Parker .
Nothing to do with us but discovered on one of the many treasure hunts.
Looking for the children of John Parker and Mary Heath Vlieland they have a William Ernest Parker.
And here is another William Ernest Parker

Friday, 12 November 2010

Alice Edith Vlieland

We still find more newspaperclippings of Alice Edith Vlieland this time from The Times.
But we do not have a portret of her so far.
And of the Alice Vlieland Center we just have the adress.
Alice Vlieland Clinic Bull Meadow Rd, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4JF .But
So if you can provide us with a photograph that would be an honour to her..

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Thomas Shillitoe

SHILLITOE, THOMAS (1754–1836), quaker, son of Richard Shillitoe, librarian of Gray's Inn (appointed 1750), was born in Holborn in May 1754. His parents soon after moved to Whitechapel, and in 1766 took the Three Tuns Inn at Islington, where Shillitoe acted as potboy. He was then apprenticed to a grocer, and at Wapping and Portsmouth saw much dissipated life. On returning to London he attended the Foundling chapel, and later joined the quakers, procuring a situation with one of the Lombard Street quaker banking firms. At twenty-four he left them, conscientiously objecting to their issue of lottery tickets. He now began to preach, and learned shoemaking. Settling at Tottenham, he by 1805 earned enough to bring in 100l. a year, retired from business, married (September 1807), and became an itinerant preacher. He frequently walked thirty miles a day, always without a coat, although sometimes in a linen smock, so as to work out his board at the farmhouses he visited. For the last fifty years of his life he was a vegetarian and teetotaler.

After many times travelling over Great Britain and Ireland, he set out in 1820 for the continent, visiting the principal towns of Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, and France. In every country he went first to the palace and to the prison, and was heard alike by kings, queens, princes, archbishops, and stadtholders. His message to those in authority chiefly concerned the observance of Sunday and legislation for temperance and morality. He was ignorant of any foreign language, and trusted to Providence for interpreters. His narrative of adventures is full of naïveté.

Shillitoe returned to England in April 1823, and the following year visited the bishop and police magistrates of London, privy councillors, and the home secretary, about Sunday observance. He had an interview with George IV at Windsor, and then went to Hamburg, saw the Duke of Cumberland at Hanover, the crown prince of Prussia at Berlin, the king at Charlottenburg, the king of Denmark at Copenhagen, and passed the winter in St. Petersburg. There he had two interviews with the Emperor Alexander, who discussed with him the position of the serfs and the substitution of the treadmill for the knout. Having returned to England and settled his wife at Tottenham, in July 1826 he sailed for New York. He was then seventy-two, his wife eight years older. In America he tried to heal the schism between the body of quakers and seceders calling themselves Hicksites.

He returned in 1829, and occupied himself in temperance work. In May 1833 he gave the presidential address to the British and Foreign Temperance Society in Exeter Hall. He was conducted by Sir Herbert Taylor to an interview with William IV and Queen Adelaide in September of the same year. Shillitoe died on 12 June 1836, aged 82, and was buried at Tottenham. His widow, Mary (born Pace), died at Hitchin in 1838, aged 92. The eldest son, Richard, a surgeon, of 56 Jewry Street, Aldgate, was the father of Richard Rickman Shillitoe, and of Buxton Shillitoe, both well-known doctors. A bust of Shillitoe is at Devonshire House, Bishopsgate Street. He wrote: 1. ‘A Caution and Warning,’ 1797 and 1798. 2. ‘An Address to Rulers of this Nation,’ 1808, 8vo. 3. ‘An Address to Friends,’ 1820. 4. ‘Affectionate Address to the King and his Government,’ 1832. 5. ‘Journal,’ 1st and 2nd edit. London, 1839, 8vo; reprinted as vol. iii. of Evans's ‘Friends' Library,’ Philadelphia, 1839, imp. 8vo. Several of his addresses on the continent were translated into German.

His son Richard Rickman Shillitoe, surgeon–apothecary, Hitchin: indenture apprenticing Aldborough Lloyd Williams to Shillitoe, 1848
– The names Rickman and Shillitoe also both occur frequently in the Hodgkin family archive (PP/HO); it is not known if there is a connection
His son was Richard Shillitoe who married Mary Heath Vlieland.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Cricket the Exeter Buccaneers

The name of Charles James Vlieland is connected with cricket as we will show you with some more clippings.

Sunday, 31 October 2010


In the newspapers we find lots of Vlieland relatives.Today we go to a concert.

Thursday, 28 October 2010


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Mrs Vlieland also known as Alice Edith Millen.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Funeral of Mrs.Farrant

In the London newspaper of 1890 we find this entry
NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership which
has for some time past been carried on by Mark
Farrant and Charles James Vlieland, under the firm of
Farrant and Vlieland, at Saint Thomas the Apostle, in
the county of Devon, in the profession or business of
Surgeons, Apothecaries, and Accoucheurs, expired this
day by effluxion of time.—As witness our hands this 31st
day of December, 1890.
We also find that Charles James attended the funeral of Mrs Mark Farrant and he was not the only one.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Fanny´s cake

In the newspaper we read about Fanny´s cakes.
They were worth mentioning !
look for the green marker and read all about it.
She baked them in her school in the Exeter High school for girls.
We know Fanny also as Frances Maude Vlieland.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Heartless Robbery

Heartless Robbery
Frederick William Day,23 cabman,was indicted for having stolen a watch and chain and earring,value 7l 10s, the goods of Emily Vlieland.-In october last year the prosecutrix, a young woman of rather attractive appearance made the acquaintance of the prisoner at a dancing academy and they subsequently`walked out`as engaged.
He knowing that she was possesed of some money induces her to lend him some towards the purchase of a horse and cab,and she afterwards gave him a portion of her jewellery in order to make up a sufficient sum.
In April last the prisoner called to see her and she then had in her hand a gold watch and chain which he asked her for in order to raise more money so as to let to their earlier marriage:but she declined to let him have them,as they have been bequeathed to her by her mother,who was dead.She had occasion to leave the room for a few minutes,and on her return the prisoner had disappeared with the watch and chain:and although information had been given to the police, the prisoner was not arresteduntil the beginning of this month.when it was found that he had pledged the property and exchanged the duplicate for some harness.It was then ascertainedthat the prisoner during the time of this so called courtship had been living with another woman,by whom he had two children
In the result the jury returned a verdict `guilty`and Mr .Fletcher passed sentence of nine month´s hard labour.

Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper (London, England)
Sunday, November 1, 1885; Issue 2241.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Cornelius van Vlieland

After reading all about general Pulaski we know there was a Cornelius Vlieland .
And this is about his death.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

50 sails and prizeships

All these ships were on sale on the 25th of January 1804 after being captured .

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Johanna Wilhelmina

It must have been a very important bomschuit the Johanna Wilhelmina.
We know this ship of captain Jan Vlieland was captured near Rotterdam by Marivault on his way from England.
We know what happened to Jan.
He was send to prison but escaped from there by burning through the walls with the heated hinges of his bed.
We know who were on the ship as passengers
De bemanning bestond uit den kapitein Jan Vlieland,
gezegd Hollander, van Rotterdam, Johan Letzer of
Litser, van Zeeland en de Griek Constantino Variotto, Hollander,
een conscrit réfractaire, was, terwijl hij zich al in
1811 onder toezicht der haute police bevond, naar Engeland
en Barones Minckewitz
Also another passenger wrote the story of the passage to Holland
Sept. 29-—About nine o'clock in the morning we were ordered on board, with the promise of sailing immediately ; our packet was called the Johanna Wilhelmina (Captain Vlieland.) Our trunks were examined by the Custom House officer, who received from each of us his accustomed fee of half a crown ; the thing is perfectly understood ; the traveller pays his money that his trunk may not be disturbed; it is merely opened and a finger or two thrust down at the sides, and all is pronounced well; if the money is refused, the trunk becomes an object of suspicion, and with the zeal of miners they dig to the very bottom ; the money which is paid for forbearance is called civility money.

Having formed my ideas of packets from those of Rhode-Island and New-Haven, and not imagining that any employed in Europe could be inferior, I was hardly able to suppress my disgust, when I found, that ours was only a little Dutch boat, of about thirty tons, as badly contrived for accommodation as possible. The births were all in her hold along her sides; we descended through the hatch-way, and neither air nor light could reach us except through this aperture. In this place, fourteen of us, of all ages, and of both sexes, were crowded together; yet, for such accommodations we paid five guineas each, exclusive of subsistence.

If you have ever descended into the hold of any one of the celebrated gun-boals of our country, you will form a tolerably correct estimate of our situation ; and, in fact, this very packet was built for a gun-boat for the invasion of England ; she was taken in action by the English, purchased of them by a Dutch captain, a--'d converted into a packet to sail between Rotterdam and London. She was however, in every respect inferior to the American gunboats., except that she was deeper in the hold, but, still we could not any where stand upright.

The captain did not fail according to his promise; he kept us till evening, when we got under way, but, the wind which had been fair before, now became contrary, and we beat only ten miles down the river, when the tide turning against us, we dropped our anchor and waited the return of the flood.

Sept. 30.—In addition to the privations which we all endured in common, I found that my birth was so short, that I could not extend my limbs, till I contrived to lie across with my head in one corner and my feet in the ether, but, the noise of the sailors and the snoring of the passengers rendered refreshing sleep unattainable.

In the morning we found the wind strong at east, and directly ahead—the sky was cloudy, and the weather chilly and uncomfortable. We advanced a few miles by beating; just far enough to bring us into the road where the river Thames opens into a wide bay, and by losing the protection of the land, begins to feel the fluctuation of the ocean. Here we cast anchor again, on account of the turning of the tide ; the wind increased and caused the boat to pitch and roll so much, that I became sick ; the hold, which was the only refuge from the piercing wind, was loathsome, and I preferred remaining on deck, till the termination of a very dismal day. We remained in this situation all night, and the morning brought us no alleviation of our troubles.

Oct. 1.—The east wind continued stedfast to its point, and, when the tide became favourable to our course, we could make only eight or ten miles, before we were compelled to cast anchor again, and lie tossing, through the day, with an adverse current and a strong wind, bringing in a heavy swell from the ocean. The sun was veiled, the atmosphere was cold and raw, the wind was increasing, and we had in prospect, a night much more uncomfortable than the last; nor, were we entirely without apprehensions for our safety, because our situation was very much exposed, and our bark extremely frail.

But, just at twilight, the captain relieved our solicitude, by standing in for the land. He was acquainted with the coast, and ran into a deep bay, to the north, in the county of Essex. A few miles from it stands Colchester, and immediately contiguous, a little village, whose name I do not recollect. Here we came immediately under the lee of the shore, and into smooth water.

So much does our comfort depend on comparison, that our present situation seemed happy, when contrasted with that of last night, and we passed this in perfect quiet, solaced with the reflection, that in our present situation, even a tempest would not expose us to serious danger.

Oct. 2.—The morning cheered us with a fine sun and clear sky, but, the wind remained as before, and we ran in quite to the bottom of the bay, and anchored within cable's length of the shore, among eighty or ninety sail of small sloops, employed in fishing for oysters ; with their sails all set they were plying back and forward, and presented a scene of great life and gaiety.

This bay is famous for producing the finest oysters in England ; the London market is supplied principally from its waters, and the oysters are even exported to Holland. The Colchester fishermen take them in netts which are dragged along by the motion of the boat. I have eaten excellent oysters in England, but sometimes have perceived a metallic'taste very offensive and particularly in raw oysters; the popular opinion imputes it to eopper in the oyster banks.

In this bay we observed two armed brigs, and near them a gun-boat captured at Boulogne; or.e of those which have been so long preparing for the invasion of England.

We were very solicitous during our confinement in these waters, to go on shore and make ourselves comfortable at an inn, but the alien laws were severe against us, and the captain would not run the risk of a fine of five hundred pounds for permitting us to land ; and we ourselves, as aliens regularly cleared for a foreign country, and, in that way discharged from the care of the ajien office, should have been liable to severe amercement and imprisonment besides,

As we could not land, we sent our captain on shore to procure us some fresh provisions. He brought us a peck of miserable apples and pears, for which he paid five shillings; for a bottle of gin he gave five shillings and nine pence, and for a bottle of rum six shillings and six pence;—a specimen partly of imposition, and partly of the high prices of the articles of life in this country.

Oct. 3.—The wind continued as before, only blowing with more strength, but we were favoured with remarkably fine weather. We dropped down the bay a mile, and anchored again, that we might be ready to put to sea, whenever the wind should become more favourable.

By this time I began to discover with what people I was imprisoned. We were a motley collection. Among our number were several Dutchmen, a German, a Swiss, a Hamburgher, a Russian, a Prussian, a Frenchman, a Jew, an English woman and two Americans; all were however very civil, but with the kindest deportment we could not be but very uncomfortable. The whole story can be found on the internet,
Of all the ships that were captured the pricepapers are still kept in the National archive in London as HCA -High court of Admiralty /but although we know where to look they are not digital the librarian told me ,they are not on line .
You have to search in London .
So one day we have to go there and read what happened to this and the other ships of the Vlieland family in the original papers in the London Archive.
and finally we have the auction of the ship .This time is the owner Ary Vlieland.

NICOLAUS MONTAUBAN VAN SWYNDREGT en WILLEM VAN DAM J.H.Zoon, Makelaars, zullen, op HEDEN den 12 Maart 1805, 's namiddags ten 3 uren, Rotterdam, in 't Logement het Zwynshoofd, aan den meest biedenden, (zonder Afding) verkoopsn, een extra welbezeild BOMSCHlP, genaamd JOHANNA WILHELMINA, laatst gevoerd door Schipper Ary Vlieland, lang over Steven 37 voeten. hol 9 voetenenl duim, wyd, i9voeten. Bieder by de Inventaris en bericht by de gemelde Makelaars. NICOLAUS MONTAUBAN VAN SWYNDREGT, Makelaar te Rotterdam

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Arthur Vlieland Willey

Arthur Vlieland Willey born December 1897 Exeter.
He died in 1908 in Exeter.

Arthur's parents were Henry A. and Emilie L.
In 1901 census he lived with his family at 3 Pennsylvania Park, Exeter. Father Henry A 1864 civil engineer, mother Emilie L 1863,& children: Lilian M 1890, Dorothy K 1891, Arthur V 1898 & Thornton 1900. Also at the house were a domestic nurse, a housemaid, & a cook
In the census it says that Emilie L is born 1863,
Marriage Jun 1888 BARTLETT Emilie Louise x WILLEY Henry Alfred Totnes 5b 379
Charles Vlieland was a friend of the Willey family.
The godson of Athur Vlieland Willey´s sister was Clifford Vlieland Peel .
At the wedding of mrs Willey her godson Master Clifford Peel was wearing a pretty page costume.
Henry was a Civil Engineer. There were two daughters Lilian and Dorothy and two sons Arthur and Thornton. The fact that there was a resident nurse at the house suggests that Arthur was possibly an invalid hence his early death.

About Henry Alfred Willey we can read a lot in Exeters memory´s .
Expansion under Henry Alfred Willey
H A Willey did not join the family firm immediately, but as a young man, attended Science and Art classes at the Exeter Museum, winning the Queen's prize for electricity and awards for chemistry, sound, light and heat. He then spent two years in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Italy, Switzerland and France, advancing his commercial and technical knowledge. When he returned to England, he joined his father at Willey and Co.

When his father died in 1894, Henry Alfred took control and instigated a move of the foundry from their cramped, Shilhay premises, to Water Lane, Haven Banks. Within a short time, the young Henry Alfred Willey also expanded the meter manufacturing into new premises at James Street, off South Street.

Willey acquired the rights to Stephen Simpson's patented automatic meter, the first to employ coin-in the-slot payment, and business flourished. Soon the James Street premises became too small, requiring it move down to the Basin factory.

Henry Alfred Willey was a keen early motorist. In 1902, he purchased a car in Paris, drove it to the French coast and then after the crossing to Southampton, drove down to Exeter, no mean feat for the time. He is also credited with gaining permission to build the first private garage in Exeter from the Street Committee. Also in 1902, Henry Alfred Willey had talks with the Coventry Motor Company, with the aim of starting a motor manufacturing works in the city. It was planned that the company would produce 300 cars per year at a cost of £500 each - the projected set up cost of £47,500 to £65,000 proved to be too expensive and the project never happened. At his death at an early age of 41 in 1904, the family fortune had grown to £92,000.

Memories of Willeys
"I worked for two years as a Patternmaker's apprentice from '66 to '68. It was a busy "shop", the pattern shop. I worked alongside Mick Came, Steve Lendon and Tony West whose dad worked in the office. My dad, Donald Dare was the Foundry chargehand, spending all his working life in the trade and being elected several times as Labour councillor for Whipton Ward. Both my uncles, Charlie and Harry Cropp worked in the foundry, pouring metal and fettling, or grinding off imperfections after casting. A Mr. Charlesworth, I think, used to brick up the insides of the furnaces, I think there were two for cast iron at the time. There were a lot of blokes of all descriptions there during the 60's, and we had a marvellous canteen up a dodgy wooden stair just around the corner of the patternshop run by a bloke with an enormous hooter called Ernie, - him, not the hooter.

Also, the most wonderful sports club just down water lane, made up of a couple of Nissen huts glued together. You could go there for a pint and a game of snooker. Willey's really did look after their employees, and you don't get this type of employment nowadays, where no-one's job is for life now.

I used to have pictures of my dad sitting inside giant screws they used to cast for ships during the War."

Contributed by Chris Dare

It was in 1991 that the factory building in Water Lane, the place of work for so many Exonians, was demolished to allow the area to be developed. Apart from Willeys Avenue, and the Willey's Athletics and Sports Club in Water Lane, the one other reminder of the firm in St Thomas is the the Willey's family grave containing the remains of Henry Alfred Willey, which can be found in St Thomas Churchyard, and the grave of Henry Frederick Willey and his wife, Sarah Anne, in St David's Churchyard..

Lawrence Candler

His marriage was 22 Jan 1856 at St Michaels Plea Norwich
 Lawrence Candler Corn Merchant .son of Laurence Candler corn merchant.
22 Jan 1856 at St Michaels Plea Norwich to
 Anna Maria Vlieland.

A lot of Vlieland relatives are witness at their marriage.

Their children are.
1 Baptisms 10 Jul 1859 CANDLER Catharine Maria Louisa Norfolk Tasburgh
2 Baptisms 12 Apr 1863 CANDLER Isabel Norfolk Tasburgh
3 Baptisms 12 Apr 1863 CANDLER Thomas Edward Norfolk Tasburgh
4 Baptisms 12 Apr 1863 CANDLER Samuel Vlieland Norfolk Tasburgh
In the Durham Kelly's Directory
Spouse & Children
Lawrence Candler 1834-1912
Margaret Ellen Candler
Thomas Edward Candler
Isabel Candler
Samuel Vlieland Candler
Arthur Candler
Edwin Heath Candler
Edith May Candler
Julia Winifred Candler
Frank William Candler
Eveline Vlieland Candler
Percy Philips Candler
for scans and photo's see

In the 1881 census records they live in East Lodge ,Billy Row,Crook County Durham.He is then Colliery Agent 48 years of age .

Thomas Edward Chandler is 20 years old and Mine servant surveyor.
Isabel Candler is 20 and unmarried and Samuel Candler is an engineer apprentice and Arthur Candler is then 16 and pupil teacher.
Anna Maria´s mother Sarah Vlieland is then living with them .
Some of the children have the name Vlieland as a secondname.
But that is not the only name that is important.
The ggg-grandson of Catherine Veri Vlieland explains.
As you may recall, there are two names in the Jerome Nicholas Vlieland blog that might be described as 'past English'. Ethelbert (the first Christian King of Kent) and Blomfield (Bishop of London).
Samuel Ethelbert White married Jerome's daughter Catherine Veri Vlieland and Charles James Blomfield married Jerome's wife's sister.

marriage between Lawrence and Aloysia
groom's name: Lawrence Candler
groom's birth date: 1858
groom's age: 26
bride's name: Aloysia Meighan
bride's birth date: 1866
bride's age: 18
marriage date: 13 Nov 1884
marriage place: Calcutta, Bengal, India
groom's father's name: Lawrence Candler
bride's father's name: John Meighan
groom's marital status: Single
groom's previous wife's name:
bride's marital status: Single
My father (1910 - 1999) was called Ethelbert Blomfield Dunn. Since his sisters are named Dorothy, Elsie, Hilda and Eva the names were obviously important to the family. They were - since his Mother Ethel Winifred White is the great Granddaughter of Jerome (via Catherine and Samuel Ethelbert) and, thus, the great x 2 niece of Bishop Blomfield.

Discovering that she is also a daughter of an Ethelbert, the niece of an Ethelbert (Charles Ethelbert White) and a Blomfield (William Blomfield White) who are her fathers brothers interested me. As did the use of the Blomfield name by the Vlielands after the Bishops death. When the blog showed Catherine's next youngest daughter Anna Maria (also the name of her Aunt Bishop Blomfield's wife) marrying Lawrence Candler and I found their first born Lawrence Ethelbert Candler with them in Crook in the 1871 census.

Catherines younger sister marries Lawrence Candler at Plea Norfolk less than six months after Catherine marries Samuel Ethelbert. Perhaps it is little surprise that her first born, a year later, bears the names Lawrence Ethelbert Candler. Lawrence junior is with his parents when they move to Crook County Durham at the time of the 1871 census – aged 14.
There is no sign of him in the later censuses but there is a marriage of a Lawrence Candler (father Lawrence Candler) to Aloysia Meighan in Bombay India on 13th November 1884. It is not a common name (only his father is shown in a couple of later English censuses and, apart from his birth, no other Lawrence’s birth is registered for nearly fifty years) and we should recall that his cousin (Catherine’s son) Charles Ethelbert White is also living in Bombay at that time so it is a likely 'find'.

Lawrence Candler was married to Anna Maria Vlieland
Lawrence was a corn merchant and owned a cornmill with his brother
This story we found on the internet thanks to Jonathan Neville
Capital Estates and Corn Mills at SAXLINGHAM near Norwich
With Possession at Michaelmas next.
Mr. Butcher has received instructions to Sell by Auction at the Bell Inn, Orford Hill, Norwich on Saturday 11 September 1847 at 4 o'c the following most desirable Estate in one Lot comprising
A superior and well situate Freehold WATER_CORN_MILL ...
Adjacent to the Water_Mill is a capital and substantial Brick Tower Windmill with patent sails, winding herself and driving two pairs of stones.
Also a commodious barn with stables and lodges and two pieces of superior Arable and Meadow Land adjoining containing with the site of the buildings 7 acres or thereabouts.
Copyhold, fine arbitrary. Quit rent 9s. ...
The above property forms one of the most complete Mill Estates in the county of Norfolk; it adjoins the turnpike road from Norwich to London and is distant only 7 miles from Norwich and 3 from Long Stratton. Its proximity to the Ipswich & Norwich Railway now constructing being within a mile of the proposed station at Flordon, gives it many superior advantages. The whole Estate is now in the occupation of Messrs. Candler whose lease expires at Michaelmas next.
Apply to Mr. E. C. Bailey, Solr. Little Orford Street or to Mr. Butcher, Auctioneer, Theatre Street, Norwich and at Mr. Bailey's office a Plan of the Estate may be seen.
Norfolk Chronicle - 28th August, 4th & 11th September 1847
Transcript of the trial in June 1847

Trial and Sentences
Of Hardy and Goward,

William Hardy, and Henry Goward were charged with having stolen four coombs of wheat, from the mills of Messrs. Candler, of Saxlingham. Mr. Evans & Mr. C. Cooper, conducted the prosecution and Mr. O’Malley, defended Hardy, and Mr. Palmer, Goward.

Mr Candler spoke of the fact of a quantity of Wheat having been stolen from the mills. Hardy had had the entire charge of the windmill for about a year. He had the authority of sell or deliver any of the wheat. Corn was frequently sent from the water-mill to the wind-mill to be ground. On the 17th of May, Hardy told him that a hundred coombs of wheat had been received at Diss. He went to the wind-mill on the 30th, when he supposed the there were only forty coombs. On that day he saw sprinkling of barley on the steps of a ladder leading from the stone floor to the corn floor. The wheat in the mill was chiefly Spalding wheat.

Mr. Nelson Beddingfield, of Norwich, said, that on Saturday, the 29th of May, he lent to Goward a bay blind Mare, and a dark green luggage cart, having on it “ Nelson Beddingfield, Norwich. Goward ordered it about ten o’clock and left at half past ten. He had a shawl with him, with something tied up in it about the size of a bushel. He had also a horse cloth. On being asked if he wanted a ticket, he said he was going through Stoke. The Cart returned in the afternoon, with Roberts the Policeman with it. No other cart of his was let out on that day. The next day the policeman came to him for the cart, which he lent to them.

Benjamin Daniels deposed, that he was a publican, residing at Saxlingham. His house was 15 yards from the road leading to Hempnall, which leads to Mr. Candler’s mill. A person coming that road from Norwich would pass Stoke to the mill, but it was not the direct way. Turning off to Hempnall he could get to Mr. Candler’s mill. A man with a horse and cart called at his house on Saturday May 28 th, Mr. Beddingfield’s name was on the cart. There was in it a package, something in a horse cloth; the man stopped at his house half an hour.

Sarah Ashley Hutchinson, lived at Saxlingham. In May last, her father kept the gate there. On Saturday, she saw Goward pass through the gate with a horse and cart, he was going to Norwich; the load was covered with horse –rug; the gate is about 500 yards from the mill.

Ezra Brandford was publican at Swainsthorpe, kept the “Dun Cow”, on Ipswich Road. He saw Goward on 29th of Mary, coming with a horse and cart. He asked him what load he had. He said “What you are loaded with is very heavy“; Prisoner answered “Yea it is.“ He could not be positive about his dress.

George Roberts, (policeman) said, he stopped Goward on the 29th of May, coming with a horse and cart. He asked him what load he had. He said “What is that to you – that is my business”. He then looked under the horse-cloth and saw some sacks, as asked Goward where he got them. He said, “That is my business – I shall tell your Master“. There were four sacks of corn and half a bushel in another sack. He took prisoner into custody, and left him with an officer who was with him, and brought the sacks to the “Waggon & Horses”. They contained wheat, and barley mixed in with it. There was no barley at the bottom of the sacks – only at the top.

Henry Hambling, (Superintendent of Police), resided at Sprowston, he said - He hired Mr. Beddingfield’s horse and cart, on Sunday May 20th, and went with it in the morning to Messrs Candler’s mill. He went again with it to Mr. Hardy’s house in the evening, between eight and nine. Hardy was not at home. But came in soon after he arrived there. He (witness) asked if there had been a cart at the mill the day before. He said “No”. He afterwards asked if he knew of a person named Goward, to which he said “No”. He then took him into custody, charging him with robbing his master.

John Houchen was a miller, at Saxlingham, flour dresser, in the employ of Mr. Candler. Prisoner Hardy was his father in law. On Sunday May 30th, he saw Hardy at his house. He went to Norwich with him on that day at two o’clock. They went to Isaac Hardy’s at Peafield. The prisoner asked Isaac Hardy how he was, and said the he wanted to see Self. Prisoner said “ I hear there is a rum job out “. He sent out a little girl to Brazen-doors to see Self. They went to a public house in Peafield. They went to a second, and afterwards to a third public house, (the Ram). At the Ram they saw Self. His father said to him (Self) that there was a rum job out. Self in reply said “Goward is in the Castle. He asked prisoner whether they could swear to wheat. He said he did not know and knew nothing about it. He said, if he did he must hold his own, and they could get over him. Self said he knew Goward would not split. He could not hear all their conversation. He (witness) and his father, the prisoner went home in the evening.

Examined by Mr. O’Malley, Hardy said in his conversation “ It is no matter to me, I have nothing to do with it: Self did not say he (Hardy) had anything to do with it. On Saturday Cushing (?) went from the water-mill to the wind-mill, for some bags of corn, and Hardy returned with him to the water-mill, where staid a little while, after which he went home; and he (witness) went with him, and staid with him nearly two hours.

Isaac Hardy, miller, Peafield, was cousin to Hardy the prisoner; on the 30th May last, prisoner and Howchin came to his house. He (witness) was in in bed; he then got up, after a short time prisoner wanted to see Self he did not why he wished to see him; but then sent for Self, afterwards, he, the prisoner, and Howchin, went to the Ram, where they saw Self.

Samples of Wheat were produced before Whitherford from each sack, which Mr. Candler examined, and said he believe to be his. The horse rug was also identified.

Mr. Palmer addressed an address on behalf of Hardy, in which he argued that Mr. Candler’s identification of the wheat was insufficient to justify the Jury in returning a verdict of guilty. He alluded to the evidence of Inspector Hambling as being unsatisfactory, and his conduct in the whole affair as highly reprehensible. He adverted strongly to the injustice of private examinations as had taken place, to which professional advisers were excluded.

The jury after a short consultation returned a verdict of guilty. The prisoners were sentenced to seven years transportation.

Dissolution of Partnership:-
Lawrence Candler of Saxlingham &
Horatio Candler of Cringleford
Trading as L. & H. Candler.
Further trading on own account as above.
Norfolk Chronicle - 29th November 1851

Valuable Steam, Water and Wind Mills with neat Residence, Cottage, offices and Land at
Saxlingham Thorpe
About 7 miles from Norwich, 1½ from Flordon Station, Great Eastern Railway
Messrs Butcher are favoured with instructions to Sell by Auction at the Royal Hotel, Norwich on Saturday 14 March 1863 at 3 for 4 o'c
All that important and valuable MILL PROPERTY at Saxlingham Thorpe in Norfolk comprising the substantial and newly erected
WATER_MILL ... under the same roof
TOWER MILL is about 300 yards from the other Mills and has four floors and stage, patent sails and cast iron wind shaft driving two pair of French stones etc.
12 acres Meadow and Arable LAND
The entire Estate is Land Tax redeemed and in the occupation of the Proprietor Mr. Lawrence Candler who will give possession at Michaelmas next.
Particulars of Mr. Candler on the premises, Messrs Brightwell and Son, Solrs, Norwich and of Messrs. Butcher, Auctioneers, Norwich and 21 Bedford Row, London (W.C.)
Norfolk Chronicle - 21st & 28th February & 7th March & Norfolk News - 28th February 1863

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Candler Family
Edward Candler, 1811 - 1888 was recorded as miller at Bawburgh in 1836 and 1845. His family were Quakers and several of his relatives were also millers. Lawrence Candler 1747 - 1820 was recorded at at Cringleford in 1806 (either the watermill or the postmill). His son Lawrence jnr. 1773 - 1824 was recorded at Cringleford watermill in 1836 and again in 1845 with Horatio (his brother?) c.1814 - 1888, who was married to Martha Elizabeth née Blake. Horatio was again recorded there in 1864 and his son Horace Robert from 1883 - 1908. Lawrence and Horatio were recorded at Saxlingham_Thorpe_watermill from 1845 - 1863; they were also running Saxlingham_towermill in 1847. In 1879 and 1883 Horace was also recorded at East_Harling_watermill, where he lived and from at least 1890 - 1896 he was also running Keswick_watermill.

on the internet is a Lawrence Candler and a Susanna Philps