Cadlington Found!

January 5, 2011 at 1:59 pm (estates, people, places, research) (, , , , , , , , )


If you’ve ever wondered about the extended family and how “well off” they might have been, consider this: When Dora Knighton married her cousin Capt. Michael Seymour (following in the footsteps of his father, Sir Michael Seymour, Capt. Seymour was in the Royal Navy), their wedding present was … a home: Cadlington, in the county of Hampshire.

Mrs Augusta Smith writes Emma from Cadlington in 1838; this was, after all, the home of the brother & wife of both her son-in-law (Richard Seymour) AND daughter-in-law (Frances Seymour).

Not only were there two Frances Seymours* for a while, Richard Seymour also had a sister Dora (Dorothea, in both cases). To differentiate them, he always referred to his sister-in-law as Dora K.

[*Richard Seymour and Fanny Smith married prior to Frances Seymour and Spencer Smith. To Richard — and to her own family, Frances Smith Seymour was always Fanny; Frances Seymour Smith was always known as Frances. Little distinctions mean a lot when working with diaries, letters, and similarly-named family members!]

Dora Knighton was the daughter of Sir William Knighton. In 1838, Lady Knighton caused to be published two volumes of his memoirs (and you can find much information about their children): vol. 1, vol. II. The portrait of Sir William included on this website comes from this series of memoirs.

Dora’s wedding is the subject of ch. XXI in vol. 2:

“June 22nd, 1829.

On this day my beloved Dora was married, at eight o’clock in the morning, by the Bishop of Winchester, at Bendworth [sic] Church.

The feelings excited by resigning the care of one’s child to another, no one can express. It seems as if you were called upon to part with the best feelings of your nature. The ceremony to me was most melancholy. I wept bitterly; but the inward feelings were still greater. I proceeded to London at one the same day…”

An early 20th-century photo of Cadlington, where its dining room is called “opulent and impressive,” can be viewed here.

Cadlington has undergone some changes — turned into luxury flats (rather like Hassobury, the Gosling’s old estate in Essex). And the agent posted (long ago) an interesting flyer: cadlington house.

READ “Cadlington” Headlines:

By the way, Michael Seymour (contrary to the brochure’s claim) was a captain in 1829. See his biography.

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2 Comments

  1. Charlotte Frost said,

    Shameless plug for my forthcoming publication!

    Sir William Knighton: the Strange Career of a Regency Physician
    by Charlotte Frost
    ISBN  978-07552-1301-6 
    To be published in January 2011 by Authors OnLine Ltd 
    Perfect bound laminated paperback £9.99, ebook £3.95
    188 pages, five colour illustrations, bibliography and index

    The paperback is available direct from http://www.authorsonline.co.uk and from Amazon, or can be ordered from any bookshop.
    The ebook can be downloaded from http://www.authorsonline.co.uk.

    I have not read the Smith letters at Hampshire Record Office, but wish I had!

  2. Janeite Kelly said,

    Dear Charlotte,

    GREAT to hear about your forthcoming book! I can’t wait to have a look at it and will try to obtain a copy straightaway.

    I’d be happy to see what mentions I have in letters and diaries about Knighton, but I’m not sure I’ve come across much. Still, with such a numerous ‘cast of characters’, sometimes you don’t notice until you look.

    I’d love to know what interested you in Knighton!

    BTW, have you come across any family letters or diaries? I’m always on the lookout to build upon the material I’ve so far located.

    Glad you stopped by — and hope to hear more about your book and work.

    k

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