Monday, 30 December 2013

the gallopping major

Edwina Amethyst White married for the second time and became Edwina Harley.
When she married in Palma to Colin Shelagh Harley born in 1929 in Staines Middlesex.
He died in Eastborn Sussex in 1990.
Edwina Harley was the first one to open an English pub in 1964 in Torremolinos  
She named it The Gallopping Major.
And it is still there .
The song of the Gallopping major 

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

I wish you a merry Christmas

Christmas in the 1700s

During the 1700s, Christmas hymns and carols gained popularity, partly due to the publication of song collections. The famous classical comper Handel published several holiday songs that still maintain their popularity including "While Shephards Watched Their Flocks By Night" and (we think) "Joy to the World."

Other traditional Christmas songs that originated from the 1700s include "O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis)," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Holly and the Ivy," and "Angels We Have Heard on High." England continued to reign as the main producer of Christmas hymns as all but the last hymn mentioned above were composed by an Englishman.

When Prince Albert married the English Queen Victoria in 1840, the face of Christmas was changed forever. For centuries, several religious denominations and movements, such as the Protestant Reformation and Puritanism, had condemned and sometimes even abolished Christmas celebrations as pagan traditions.

But when Prince Albert married Queen Victoria, he brought with him German customs. One such custom was the celebration of Yule, or Yuletide, a winter festival that emerged from an ancient German pagan religious festival. The customs and pageantry of Yuletide were mixed with the English celebration of Christmas. Christmas was now re-invented and included elements such as the evergreen tree, greenery, exchanging gifts, caroling, and Christmas cards.

New Christmas hymns

The middle 30 years of the 1800s, from about 1838-1868, brought us our first surge of new Christmas tunes, including:
"Silent Night" (1818-63)
"Joy to the World" (1839)
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" (1840)
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (1846-50)
"O Holy Night" (1847-55)
"Good Kind Wenceslas" (1853)
"Angels We Have Heard in High" (1855)
"We Three Kings of Orient Are" (1857)
"Jingle Bells" (1850-59)
"Up on the Housetop" (circa 1860)
"What Child is This?" (1865-71)
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" (1868)
"Away in a Manger: (1885-87)
"Jolly Old St. Nicholas" (late 1800s)

Although some tunes written during this time remain in obscurity (such as "Gather Around the Christmas Tree," composed by the same person who gave us "We Three Kings of Orient Are"), many are commonly known and sung to this day.
Re-imagined Christmas hymns

The mid- to late-1800s were a time not only when new Christmas hymns were written, but when hymns were translated into English (such as "Adeste Fideles" in 1841) and lyrics were added to older tunes (such as the 2nd and 3rd stanzas of "O Christmas Tree" in 1824).

In 1871 alone, three tunes that were hundreds of centuries old were re-arranged for and re-introducted to the public: "The First Noel" (13th century), "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (16th century), and "Here We Come A-caroling" (17th century).

Why so many in a single year? 1871 was the year that Sir John Stainer published the collection "Christmas Carols New & Old," which included many of his own arrangements.
Fun Facts and Interesting Tidbits

Here are some interesting facts about some of your favorite Christmas songs:

Did you know...that "Jingle Bells," one of the few songs in the list above written by an American composer, was originally intended as a Thanksgiving song?

Did you know...that the well-known classical composer G.F. Handel is often credited for composing "Joy to the World," but credit should be given to the founder of music education in America, Lowell Mason? The confusion lies in that Mason wrote "From George Frederick Handel" in the score because he used some phrases from Handel's "Messiah" in the music.

Did you know...that, along with "Angels We Have Heard On High," "O Holy Night" is one of the most well-known French Christmas songs? To this day, it is one of the most popular and beloved songs for singing as a solo during the holiday season.

Did you know...that the music to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" was composed by the famous romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn?

Did you know...that Father Joseph Mohr was inspired to write the words to "Stille Nacht" in 1816 after being called to travel through the snow to bless the newly born baby of a poor parishioner? Two year later, the words were set to music by Franz Xaver Gruber. The English translation to what we now call "Silent Night"" was done in 1863

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Monday, 23 December 2013

William Roach Thomas

Eveline Vlieland Candler was the daughter of Lawrence Candler and Anna Maria Vlieland..
24/02/1915 Newcastle Journal - WEDDING AT SUNDERLAND.
She was born in 1875 East lodge Crook Durham.

The marriage took place yesterday. at the Friends’ Meeting House. Sunderland, of Mr Wm. Roach Thomas, of Bank House, Sunderland, who has lately retired on a pension from the management of the High Street Branch of Messrs Barclay’s Bank, with which he had been connected for forty years, and Miss Eveline Vlieland Candler, youngest daughter of the late Mr Lawrence Candler, of Crook, county Durham, The bride, who has resided in Sunderland for several years. is connected with the Society of Friends. After the bride and bridegroom had made the usual declaration, Mr Herbert Corder gave a short address, in which he offered congratulations, and felicitations on the event. The honeymoon will be spent at Edinburgh.


On 6 Apr 1875 a Marriage occurs at St Mary Putney (in the Borough of Wandsworth) between William Roach Thomas Full Age bank clerk and Amy Morris.

Their Fathers are Edward Morris a gentleman & William Henry Thomas bank clerk.

William Roach Thomas moves North and the 1911 census shows him at Banks House West Sunniside Sunderland. He is, by now, a bank manager, age 60 with his spouse Amy (65) and a companion Eveline Vlieland Candler.
The death of Amy Thomas, now 68 is registered in Q4 1913. (Sunderland vol 10a P 732).
Eighteen months later, as we have already seen, he marries the companion,Eveline. He has, by now, retired on a pension (as shown in the previous article).

William dies 18 months later on 16th June 1917 at 2 Elms West Sunderland, Cumberland. (q2 1917 Age at Death: 67 Sunderland Vol: 0a Page: 693). Probate is granted on 18 Aug 1917 - London to Eveline Vlieland Thomas and Elizabeth Thomas widows effects: £841 16s 3d.

Eveline dies half a century later aged 91 on 30 Oct 1966 at 14 Vilette Path Sunderland and probate is granted to Muriel May Rawlinson - married woman. Her effects: £1,300.
thanks Ray !!

Francis Edmond THOMAS

No. 388509 Private, 2nd (Northumberland) Field Ambulance 
and 81st Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. 

Born 15 October 1878, 
Died 10 July 1917, aged 38 years. 

Buried in Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, 
Greece, Grave 1766. 

He was the younger of two Old Coathamian brothers both killed on active service: see also Harold Morris Thomas. 

Commonwealth forces, as well as French, Italian and Russian, were stationed in Greece to counter the threat from Germany’s ally Turkey. There were several military hospitals in and around Kalamaria.
Francis Edmond Thomas was the son of William Roach Thomas and Amy Thomas. 

Both he and his elder brother Harold Morris Thomas, their parents’ only children, followed their father into the banking profession, and both attended Coatham Grammar School as fee-paying day boys. The 1881 Census records his name as Edmond Francis, but later Census and Army records call him Francis Edmond. Francis was one month short of his ninth birthday when he started school in September 1887, and he remained for 22 terms until December 1894, when he was 16. By 1901 Francis was a bank clerk, lodging in Bishop Auckland. In July 1906, then aged 27, he married Margaret Peacock, aged 22, from Sunderland, and in 1907 they had a son, Philip Roach Thomas. By 1911 Francis had become a bank cashier. His family’s address when news came of his death in July 1917 was 10, Ladysmith Street, Bishop Auckland. By that time, both his parents had died, as had his elder brother Harold.

The marriage was at the Friends ´meeting House in Sunderland.
The meeting place of Quakers or Friends
In the past, Quakers were known for their use of thee as an ordinary pronoun, refusal to participate in war, plain dress, refusal to swear oaths,opposition to slavery, andteetotalism -- the opposition to alcohol. Some Quakers have founded banks and financial institutions including Barclays,Lloyds, and Friends Provident; manufacturing companies including Clarks,Cadbury, Rowntree, and Fry's; and philanthropic efforts, including abolition,prison reform, and social justice projects.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Hugh Chesterman

Lieutenant, Royal Berkshire Regiment, Army no. 94264
He died on 3 November 1941 on War Service. He was  57,  
He was the son of Charles F and Frances E Chesterman and the husband of Sylvia Wyse Chesterman of Islip. B.A. 
He is buried in the Churchyard St. Nicholas, Islip 

Gloucestershire Echo :Tuesday 04 November 1941
Lieut. Hugh Chesterman, of the Royal Berkshire Regiment, in private life a well-known artist, was killed while cycling last night at Hampton Gay ...

Additional Information
He also served in 1914-1918 War
Hugh Chesterman was a published author. He wrote many children's books in the 1920s and 30s, and edited a children's magazine called The Merry Go Round, published in Oxford with his great friend Basil Blackwell. 
I have not established the circumstances of his death but his age must have precluded an active involvement
His address for Probate was The Confessor’s Gate, Islip

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Ward Maule

Who was this Rev.Dr.Maule
Ward Maule was the son of John Templeman Maule, a Surgeon in the Company's Service, who was employed on the Madras establishment.

 He was born in 1833 at Mangalore. He was educated at Tonbridge School and Caius College, Cambridge. At both school and college he distinguished himself as an athlete. 
At Cambridge he obtained his University colours both for rowing and cricket in 1853. 
He was ordained deacon in 1856 by Bishop Harding, of Bombay, and was appointed Incumbent of Christ Church, Nagpore, by the Bishop of Madras. 
In 1857 he was appointed Incumbent of Christ Church, Nellore, in the same diocese. 
In 1859 he returned home ; was ordained priest by the Archbishop of Canterbury, and was appointed a Chaplain on the Bombay establishment by the Secretary of State for India. 
He served at Colaba from 1859 to 1872, and at the Bombay Cathedral from 1872 to 1879. 
In 1870 he passed the necessary test and graduated LL.B. at Cambridge. 
In 1876 Trinity College, Dublin, granted him the ad eundem degrees of LL.B. and LL.D. 
He was Archdeacon of Bombay from 1872 to 1879. 
After retirement from the Indian Service he became Vicar of the Church of the Ascension, at Balham, 1880-82, and then British Chaplain at Boulogne. He died at Boulogne in 1913, aged eighty.

ftom the genealogie page
b. 01/09/1833: d. 23/09/1913.

Ward was a great-great-grandson of John the Clerk of the Cheque at Greenwich Hospital. He was educated at Warwick and Tonbridge. He gained an LlB(Cambridge) in 1871. LlD(Dublin) in 1876. Ward played cricket for Kent. He was ordained Deacon (Bombay) 1856. Priest Canterbury) 1859. Chaplain, Christ Church, Nellore, S. India 1857-59. He was at Colaba from 1859 to 1872 and Archdeacon and Commissary of Bombay 1872 to 1874. Senior Chaplain at Bombay Cathedral, 1874-79. Subsequently British Chaplain at Boulogne.

In 1859 he married, firstly, Cordelia Streeton (the niece of Prime Minister Spencer Perceval) at Tunbridge in Kent. They had a son Henry John and four daughters whose names are unknown. Secondly, he married in 1897 Mary Caddise (b. c.1832 at Richmond, Surrey) at Strand, London. His obituary was printed in the 'Times' on 25/09/1913.

Ward Maule 

Full name Ward Maule
Born September 1, 1833, Mangalore, Mysore, India
Died September 23, 1913, Boulogne, France (aged 80 years 22 days)
Major teams Cambridge University
Batting and fielding average
Bowling averages
Career statistics
First-class debutCambridge University v Cambridge Town XI at Cambridge, May 2-4, 1853scorecard
Last First-classGentlemen of Kent v Gentlemen of England at Canterbury, Aug 17-18, 1854 scorecard

Sunday, 8 December 2013

more history

After the signing of the Treaty of Paris (1783), the impoverished nation grew restless under William's rule. In the meantime, a band of young revolutionaries, called Patriots, was challenging his authority more and more. In 1785 William left the Hague and removed his court to Guelders, a province remote from the political centre. In September 1786 he had to send an army to stop Herman Willem Daendels, organizing an overthrow at the cities'vroedschap. In June 1787 his energetic wife Wilhelmina tried to travel to the Hague. OutsideSchoonhoven, she was stopped by militia, taken to a farm near Goejanverwellesluis and within two days made to return to Nijmegen.

To Wilhelmina and her brother, Frederick William II of Prussia, this was an insult. Frederick sent in an army to attack the dissidents. Many Patriots fled to the North of France, aroundSaint-Omer, in an area where Dutch was spoken. Until his overthrow they were supported by King Louis XVI of France.
Flight to Britain and Exile[edit]

With the coming of the French Revolution William V joined the First Coalition against Republican France in 1793. His troops fought in the Flanders Campaign, but in 1794 the military situation deteriorated and the Dutch Republic was threatened by invading armies. The year 1795 was a disastrous one for the ancien régime of the Netherlands. Supported by the French Army, the revolutionaries returned from Paris to fight in the Netherlands, and in 1795 William V fled to the safety of England. A few days later the Batavian Revolution in Amsterdam occurred, and the Dutch Republic was replaced with the Batavian Republic.[1]:1121 [2]:190-192

Directly after his arrival in England the Prince wrote a number of letters (known as the Kew Letters) from his new residence in Kew to the governors of the Dutch colonies, instructing them to hand over their colonies to the British "for safe-keeping." Though only a few complied this contributed to their confusion and demoralisation. Almost all Dutch colonies were in the course of time conquered by the British, who returned some, but not all, first at the Treaty of Amiens and later with the Convention of London 1814.[1]:1127

In 1799 the Hereditary Prince took an active part in the Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland, engineering the capture of a Batavian naval squadron in the Vlieter Incident. The surrender of the ships (that had been paid for by the taxpayers of the Batavian Republic) was formally accepted in the name of William V as stadtholder, who was later allowed to "sell" them to the Royal Navy for an appreciable amount.[3] But that was his only success as the troops and civilians of the Batavian Republic proved quite unwilling to welcome the old regime back. The arrogance of the tone in his proclamation, demanding the restoration of the stadtholderate, may not have been helpful, according to Simon Schama.[2]:393-394

After the Peace of Amiens in 1802, in which Great Britain recognised the Batavian Republic, an additional Franco-Prussian Convention of 23 May 1802 declared that the House of Orange would be ceded in perpetuity the abbatial domains of Fulda and Corvey in lieu of its Dutch estates and revenues (this became the Principality of Nassau-Orange-Fulda). As far as Napoleon was concerned this cession was conditional on the liquidation of the stadtholderate and other hereditary offices of the Prince. William V, however, wanted more: his arrears in salary and other financial perquisites since 1795, or a lumpsum of 4 million guilders. The foreign minister of the Batavian Republic Maarten van der Goes was willing to secretly try and persuade the Staatsbewind of the Batavian Republic to grant this additional indemnity, but Napoleon put a stop to it, when he got wind of the affair.[2]:452-454

The last of the Dutch stadtholders, William V died in exile at Brunswick, now in Germany. His body was moved to the Dutch Royal Family crypt in the Nieuwe Kerk in Delft on 29 April 1958.

In 1813, his son, King William I returned to the Netherlands and became the first Dutch monarch from the House of Orange.

In 1813, after the end of French rule, the son of Stadholder William V returned to the Netherlands to accept the crown. This was a clear break with tradition. Unlike his father, William I did not become Stadholder (governor) of all the provinces but rather king of a unified state in which he played the main political role.

In 1815, the so-called Austrian Low Countries (modern-day Belgium) were united with the territory of the former Republic to serve as a buffer against the defeated French. And so, the United Kingdom of the Netherlands was created. In European terms it was a medium-sized country controlling large colonial territories. The energetic William (whose nickname was “king-merchant”) tried to restore the previously thriving economy by stimulating its strengths in the three parts of the country (the north, south and the Indies). The south, where an Industrial Revolution had taken place early, had to concentrate on producing consumer goods. The traders in the north subsequently had to transport these goods across the world. And finally, the inhabitants of the colonies were to supply valuable tropical goods. The King had canals dug and roads laid between the north and south to make transport more easy. He himself acted as an investor. In 1824, William set up the Netherlands Trading Company for trade with the Dutch East Indies. The “cultivation system” or “culture system” was introduced in the East Indies, under which the indigenous population was obliged to work for the colonial authorities on the land for a period of each year. The products were sold by the Netherlands Trading Company.

Despite his economic endeavours, the King was not popular among the Belgians. Belgian liberals saw him as a ruler who desired absolute power and who was not prepared to tolerate any increased participation on the part of the educated elite. Belgian Catholics objected to the interference of the Protestant king in the training of novice priests. In 1830, the citizens of Brussels rebelled. They were inspired by the aria “Amour sacré de la patrie”that had been sung in their theatre. William I sent an army against them but to no avail. Belgium was granted independence. Nevertheless, William I kept the army called up for nine years – incurring extremely high costs – something that damaged his reputation in the Netherlands very badly. In 1839 he finally recognised Belgium’s independence. In the following year a disillusioned William I abdicated from the throne.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Great Yarmouth history and the Dutch

We do not know what happened to Jerome between his birth in Rotterdam 03-07-1796 and his arrival in England .His first advert in 1820.
No trace of the family after his birth in newspapers ,BMD .
So maybe they left for England soon after his birth.
So here is some Great Yarmouth history involving the Duch.
1795January 19th. The illustrio us fugitive, the Princess of Orange, with her daughter-in-law, little granddaughter, and the child's nurse, accompanied by two gentlemen, embarked on board a fishing boat. They took up their quarters in the hold of the vessel, and were covered with the sails as a defence against the inclement weather. After being safely landed at Yarmouth, the military were drawn up, and their Royal Highnesses driven twice round the Market-place, and then entertained by the Mayor. The Prince unexpectedly came also and took his wife away. The next day the Duke of York visited Yarmouth for the purpose of welcoming them, and though disappointed, was enthusiastically received by the inhabitants.

1796Freedom of the Borough presented. to Captain Trollope, for defeating eight French ships of war off the coast of Holland.
1797Oct. 3rd. Admiral Duncan put into Yarmouth Roads, and six days afterwards went in search of the Dutch fleet, was totally defeated. (October 11th) off Camperdown. The British fleet returned in triuinph to Yarmouth Roads, bringing seven sail of the line as prizes. The wounded men were landed and conveyed to the Barracks and to Norwich - there being no Naval Hospital. Yarmouth for several days was thronged with visitors to see the victorious British Fleet and their prizes. A subscription was raised on behalf of the wouuded.
Captain Rysoort, of the "Hercules " (one of AdmiraI Duncan's prizes), died in Yarmouth, and. was buried, with military honours.
Freedom of the town presented to Lord Duncan and Sir Richard Onslow for their victories over the Dutch Fleet; also to Earl St. Vincent for the victory over the Spanish fleet on the 14th of 'February.
1799September 28th. The Duke of York's army returned from an unsuccessful campaign, and the Guards and twenty-four other regiments, comprising 25,000 troops (infantry and cavalry), were landed at Yarmouth on their return from Holland.
1801 November 2nd. The Prince of Orange arrived at Yarmouth from London; and on the 6th sailed in the packet "Diana " for Cuxhaven.
1802 Jan. 6th. The Public Library first instituted by a certain number of subscribers. In 1808, the Corporation granted the lease of the present building. The Dutch clock (removed in 1861) was erected on the exterior in 1600, when the building was used as a Dutch Chapel by the Hollanders; was afterwards used as an English Chapel, and previous to the Theatre being built the back premises were converted into a room for dramatic entertainments. New Reading-room opened Feb. 19th, 1859.
1803 June 13th. H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge and suite left Yarmouth for Norwich. They came in the same frigate which brought Prince William of Gloucester from Cuxhaven, where their Royal Highnesses were nearly being made prisoners by the advanced guard of the French army. Had they remained, there another hour they would have shared the fate of the Hanoverian army. The French General in Holland put an immense number of fishing boats in requisition for the avowed purpose of invading England.
1804Nov. 22nd. The "Romney," 50 guns, which sailed from Yarmouth Roadstead on the 18th with bullocks and vegetables for the blockading fleet off'the Texel, under Admiral Russell, was lost in a dreadful gale of wind on the South Haak Sand. All the officers and crew saved themselves on rafts, but were made prisoners by the Dutch. The officers were afterwards liberated on their parole by the Dutch Admiral Kikkert.
1813 April 15th. Prince of Orange landed at the Jetty.
14 th November William III. landed at the Jetty
1815 600 wounded men from Waterloo lodged in the Naval Hospital. (See 1811.)

Friday, 6 December 2013

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Alfred Joseph White

Found this  on internet .
Another Eliza White but worth mentioning
Eliza White (1841-1909) was the wealthy widow of successful merchant Alfred Joseph White, who had established a popular high quality furnishing store on the High/Tuam Street corner in the 1860s. By the turn of the century, A. J. White's employed 80 people in the shop and adjacent furniture factory. After Alfred's death in 1895, Eliza continued to run the business herself. Devoutly Catholic, she donated large sums to good causes, including the building of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (1905, Category I). Although she had extensive property interests, it is possible that Eliza lived at Risingholme, as she is recorded as living at Opawa through the period. After her death Eliza left an estate worth £70,000, £40,000 of which was left to be administered by a charitable trust. Risingholme itself passed in 1910 to her daughters Maud, Rose and Beatrice, her solicitor Henry Loughnan and her accountant Arthur Read (or Reed). The following year the house was bought by Cashel Street draper William Burns. Burns was declared bankrupt in 1918, and the official assignee sold the house to Mary Anderson.

In loving memory of

Alfred Joseph WHITE

Who died 7 June 1895

Aged 58

We loved him in life

Let us not forget him in death

Also his loved wife


Who died 30 November 1909

May her soul rest in peace

Also their loved daughter

Maud Magdalena WHITE

Who died 6 December 1960

Block 40 Plot 141 [Alfred and Eliza]

Block 41 Plot 1 [Maud]

Eliza died of Bronchitis [1]

Maud was born in Christchurch

Occupation: Spinster

Address: 365 Marine Parade, Christchurch[2]


Alfred Joseph White, founder of the the firm A J White’s, emigrated to New Zealand from England in about 1862. While sailing for Canterbury on the Zealandia, he met Eliza Baker aged 22. She was a nurse.

A. J. and Eliza were married on 16 March 1864 in the Catholic church in Christchurch. Eliza, a Protestant, promised that children of the marriage would be brought up as Catholics. Alfred promised that he would do what he could to lead his wife to the faith and succeeded so well that Eliza chose to be present at the consecration, in England, of the first Roman Catholic Bishop, John Joseph Grimes.

A. J. ‘came to New Zealand without capital but, by perseverance, business ability and probity made steady progress on the road to success. He devoted himself to the business, taking little or no part in public affairs.

White established the firm of AJ White’s in Tuam / High Street - a business that still operates from these premises today [since destroyed in earthquakes 2010/2011 -Sandy] as McKenzie and Willis. He had learned the furniture trade in his parent’s Taunton (Devon, UK) antique shop.

The Whites originally had a business in High Street and then removed to the building on the Tuam Street-High Street corner. They lived over their shop, sold it and bought it back.

AJ White’s was not only a successful business but a well known landmark with local businesses advertising their location in the small ads as ‘near AJ White’s', ‘opposite AJ White’s’ and ‘three doors from AJ White’s’.

White lived in Opawa Road and in 1894 he donated the Sumner Social Hall that he owned, to the Right Rev Dr Grimes, so there would be a Catholic Church in Sumner.

Alfred and Eliza had seven daughters and one son.

Sadly, A J White died on 7th June 1895 aged 57 (aged 59 in CCC Cemeteries Database) following an accident on a ship in Bluff. He was in failing health for 18 months and for three was unable to attend to his business.

A J was ‘noted for his deep piety and consistency in his attendance at the services in his church’, gave generously to organisations associated with it and was ‘a strong supporter of religious instruction to children’. He was also ‘extremely good to the poor of all denominations’.

A J had a grand Victorian funeral. His body was taken to the Catholic pro-Cathedral (on the site of the modern Catholic Cathedral). The building, which was draped in black, was crowded with prominent citizens (who are named in the Lyttelton Times account of the proceedings).

Bishop Grimes celebrated the Pontifical Requiem Mass which was sung to ‘Gregorian music ancient plain song’. His sermon was based on the text: ‘But I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep; that you sorrow not, even as others that have no hope’. The Bishop urged all to ‘follow the example set by the deceased both in his devotion to his church and his actions in business’.

Children of the Convent and the Marist Brothers’ School then marched off in front of the hearse, the chief mourners and White’s employees coming behind.


An astute business woman, Eliza owned a number of properties including Rockville in Nayland Street, Sumner which still stands today. She financed the buildings of the Sumner Borough Council and like her husband, was extremely generous to the Catholic Church.

After becoming a widow in 1895 aged 68. She helped with the original conversion of the Sumner Social Hall that had been gifted to the Right Rev Dr Grimes by her husband in 1894 into the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea. The new church was consecrated on New Year’s Day 1897 after some delays.

Eliza continued to be a benefactor for the church, buying new carpet for the church in 1898 and funding further renovations for the church in 1908. When she died in 1909 she left money allowing the work to continue and the renovations were completed in 1913.

In her will, Eliza also left money for two orphanages, one for girls and another for boys. However, there was only enough money for the girls’ orphanage; St. Joseph’s, which was established next door to the Good Shepherd Convent at Mount Magdala, Halswell. Although the orphanage no longer exists, the Catholic Church still has an Eliza White Trust and Eliza White Home for children in Albert Terrace. [3]

The A J White’s building at 236 Tuam Street was lost to earthquake damage. Description and photograph of this building on Historic Places Trust site. Control F for search:





Wednesday, 4 December 2013


Some years ago  there was a lady who found a family bible. She wanted to return it to the family.
It was the family bible of the father and mother of William Ernest Parkers wife  Annie Isobel Grieve.
The lady who found it died and her niece placed a message on a message board .
Looking for the descendants of Parker-Vlieland we found this message .
We contacted this lady and she and others looked at the family tree and decided to return it to the nearest relative which is  daughter of Bruce Vlieland Parker .
Her name is Anne Elizabeth PARKER
Today her name popped up in the blog again .
And we wondered what happened to that bible .The last email we received about it was this

Saturday, 20 August 2011 Walter Holden who's daughter is married to the GGG grandson of Robert & Henrietta brought the bible to Wigan this week for me to have a look at. It was wonderful, the illustrations and things that were left in the bible turned out to be really interesting. The family are over the moon that they have got it and would like to thank you for your part in getting the bible back.

It would be nice to have a copy or scan of some pages of this family bible so other familymembers can enjoy it as well .

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Hygeia house

Hygeia house has it's own history.
Hygeia House is not only the school where William Heath Vlieland worked in 1865 but also the place where his children were born.
About the house.

Henry Thompson – a Liverpool banker and an important developer of the very early 19th century, responsible for laying out most of Montpellier. His efforts started in 1801 when he bought 400 acres of land from the Revd Delabere. He built Hygeia House (called Vittoria House from 1813) in Vittoria Walk as a home for himself with a spa on site (the house still stands today), and a salts manufactory for extracting minerals from spa water, which survives as the Playhouse Theatre in Bath Road, built around 1806. The project grew rapidly and he laid out a great many beautiful walks and rides, including Montpellier Gardens, and built a lot of fine villas to go with it. In 1808 he opened a new spa near the top end of Montpellier to replace the one in his house, initially a wooden chalet, but replaced with a stone building in 1817, now known as the Rotunda (the dome is a slightly later addition). He also built Montpellier Gardens with an avenue of trees towards the town centre. After his death his son Pearson took over the development of the estate.

Pearson Thompson – son of Henry, born around 1796 and only about 25 when he inherited his father’s estate, which he continued to develop with great enthusiasm and generous budgets. He commissioned the famous architect J B Papworth for several projects, firstly to add the dome of the Rotunda at Montpellier Spa and then for the design and layout of the Lansdown area. Pearson Thompson’s estate was the first development in Cheltenham to have a purpose built sewerage system, although his properties also had a reputation for being “damp and unwholesome”. Although the Montpellier enterprise was hugely successful in the boom years of the early 19th century when spas were in their heyday, it didn’t survive the 1825 credit crunch, and he was forced to scale back and eventually sell off his developments to the Jearrad brothers in 1830. At that time he had just begun work on Lansdown Crescent, designed by Papworth, and had only built one house. The Jearrads completed it in a simpler and cheaper style, although it’s still a pretty impressive crescent.

Pearson Thompson was a Barrister of Law as well as a property developer. The grandiose Hatherley Court was most likely built for him in 1833 but he was only able to live there for a few years. The 1841 census shows him at age 45 still residing at Hatherley Court with his wife Dorothy (44) and children Pearson Scott (18), Ann Catherine (17) and Mary Ann (14), along with five domestic servants. However he was forced to sell it later the same year and move into a more modest dwelling in his former Lansdown estate due to financial troubles. Among his contemporaries it seems he was widely disliked; the Cheltenham Looker-On describes him in 1850 as “not very popular among his fellow townsmen” and he had a reputation for dodgy-dealing, impropriety with his clients’ money and selfish pursuit of his own interests. He emigrated to Australia in 1849 in an attempt to revive his fortunes, and died in 1872

Leonard Percy Parker

L P Parker obituary , Isle of Wight County Press , 15Th June 1940