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3 months ago

Malvern Family History Society

BARNARD’S GREEN lettercard by Photochrome posted 1941. ... See MoreSee Less

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Malvern Family History Society

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Malvern Family History Society

STOP PRESS: BREAKING NEWS - Nathan Dylan Goodwin is presenting and doing book signing at THE Genealogy Show!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Malvern Family History Society

THE HISTORY OF HOLYWELL HOUSE, MALVERN WELLS - 1830 TO 1945

PART 3: MR BROADWOOD & FERNEY

‘FERN BANK’ was bought in May 1883 by seventy-four year old retired pianoforte manufacturer WALTER BROADWOOD who, for whatever reason, changed the name to ‘FERNEY’. The Broadwoods had a home in London at 3 Queen’s Gate Gardens, South Kensington (PICTURE 1) and had previously had country homes in Kent, Radnorshire and then Herefordshire. It appears that, like a number of other private residents of Malvern Wells, he had enjoyed country pursuits: breeding horses, having a gun licence, being a conservator on the Wye Fishery Board.

His main pursuit, however, was the study of the flute, of which he was a well-known amateur who performed with the ‘Amateur Musical Society’, which was considered “not to be surpassed by any body of amateurs in Europe”. He also translated Theobald Boehm’s “great work on the flute” which was entitled “An Essay on the Construction of Flutes, giving a history and description of the most recent improvements, with an explanation of the most recent improvements, applicable to the manufacture of wind instruments” and was published in English in 1882 (PICTURE 2).

Walter’s wife, MARY ANNE ELIZABETH (nee Mansfield) sadly relinquished life on 17th January 1884 only a short time after the purchase of their new country home. She was sixty-eight years old and died “very suddenly of chill” at their London home. Her personal estate was sworn for probate at £17,452 [£1,590,287 in 2018] with the bulk of the estate left in trust for her two surviving daughters, Alice and Annie Agatha.

The 1891 Census shows Walter living at ‘Ferney’ without any other members of his family. There were, however, seven servants: domestic servant, two grooms, cook, housemaid, kitchenmaid and gardener. Further support was, apparently, provided by neighbour and rector’s daughter AMELIA W EDWARDS who, according to the details of his Will which was published sometime later, “nursed him through two serious illnesses” during the 1890’s.

It was not until seven years later that Walter Broadwood, formerly of the firm of John Blackwood & Son, died aged 79 on 20th October 1898. His personal estate was valued at £143,332 11s 2d [£17,000,000 in 2018]. Income on the sum of £64,000 was to be paid to his two daughters, Alice Isabel and Anne Agatha, who had already received a sizeable amount in trust from their mother’s estate. More controversially, the aforementioned Amelia Wall Edwards was to receive £26,444, ‘Ferney’, other lands etc. She would also take responsibility for his private papers “without any liability on her part to produce them to anyone”.

PART 4: MISS EDWARDS

Not surprisingly there was a reaction to Mr Broadwood’s generosity towards Miss Edwards in some quarters. ’The Nursing Record and Hospital World’, for example, congratulated her “on her good fortune [but] at the same time we think that relations will hesitate before sending for trained nurses, if the result is that large sums of money are taken away from children and near relations, and bequeathed to nurses.” In a later article they point out that Miss Edwards was not, in fact, a trained nurse.

Amelia doesn’t appear to have changed her way of life in any major respect, continuing to live at ‘Braeside’, Wyche Road employing four domestic staff. However, as well as money and property Amelia was bequeathed the tenancy of Warren Farm and the livestock therein, which in this case were horses kept for breeding (PICTURE 3). Her successes in local horse shows in subsequent years, as well as attendance at point-to-point and local hunts, were recorded in local newspapers.

After the farm was sold in the Blackmore Estate Sale in 1919, Miss Edwards relinquished breeding and sold off her “valuable prize-winning stud of hunter-bred horses”. Two years later on 17th January 1921 Miss Amelia Ward Edwards died, aged sixty-seven, at ‘Brae Side’. Her personal estate amounted to £21,236 11s 9d. [£663,000 in 2018] which was five thousand pounds less than the money she was left by Walter Broadwood twenty-three years earlier.

At some time between 1911 and 1918, and after what appears to be a long period of short lets, ‘Ferney’ had been sold to ARTHUR RASHLEIGH, a “mineral water and brewery trader” who would change the name of the property yet again: to 'HOLYWELL HOUSE'.
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3 months ago

Malvern Family History Society

SAVE THE DATE!
Our brand new UK family history show, Family Tree Live is coming!
In partnership with Federation Of Family History Societies the event will be taking place at Alexandra Palace on 26th & 27th April 2019
For all the info, click here- familytr.ee/ftlivenews #FamilyTreeLive
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4 months ago

Malvern Family History Society

Good Afternoon All. just a quick update. PC Howard Overtons grave has been Fully restored by Steve Allard & Son, they have done an absolutely fantastic job.

tomorrow there is a service of rededication at the grave at 13:30.

Following this is the mayor's Civic Ceremony at Great Malvern Priory, which starts at 15:00.

Everyone is invited to attend.

I really hope you are able to attend either or both events.

here is a before and after of the grave.

(n.b. all of the lead lettering is today fully repainted)
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5 months ago

Malvern Family History Society

Advertisements for MALVOMA TOMATOES c1915-20. Many will remember Tomatoland on Pickersleigh Road. I've also rebooted thread on Tomatoland first posted by Laraine. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Malvern Family History Society

I'm not sure it this is of interest to anyone but in the Bodleian Library there is a wall hanging - imagine my surprise when I found it was Worcestershire. ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

Malvern Family History Society

Not Malvern but I thought his photograph from the Berrow’s Worcester Journal of November 26th 1910 which shows an amazing fig tree and four elderly (and equally amazing) ladies might be of interest.

From left to right - MRS HANNAH HARDMAN (seamstress born in 1829 at Bishops Frome), Mrs MARY ANN BAYLISS (charwoman born in 1841 at Overbury), Mrs ELIZA ABIGAIL LAMPITT (charwoman, formerly a shirt maker born in 1825 at Suckley) & Mrs ELIZABETH LUDLOW (gloveress & finisher born in 1840 at Wichenford). They lived at Numbers 1 to 4 St.Clements Square, School Walk, Worcester.
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7 months ago

Malvern Family History Society

Hello everyone - I wonder if anyone can help? I'm trying to trace Madeleine Smith (nee Hughes) who married Anthony Jones in Malvern in 1964. Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather served in the Malvern Territorials (Royal Artillery) and I'm putting together an article about them.

Her father, Dennis Reno Hughes lived in Borrowdale Road until his death in 2007. Dennis was the son of Henry Hughes and his Italian wife Antonietta who he had met while serving with the territorial gunners in Italy in 1918 (pictured). In turn Henry's father had volunteered to serve in the Boer War.

Henry Hughes was a Malvern town fireman in the 1920s and 1930s and lived for sometime in the old lodge (pictured) to the Council House on the corner of Church Street and Avenue Road.

Quite a story of service to the country and the community. I'd love to find out more and perhaps find some photos of them,

I've also posted in the Malvern Memories Page.
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