By Viv Wilson in Life at The Hall, Growing Up In a Stately Home | 6 days ago
TEMPLE NEWSAM AND THE MEYNELLS: On 11th August 1863, Hugo Francis Meynell Ingram married the Hon. Emily Charlotte, daughter of Sir Charles Wood, Bart, afterwards 1st Viscount Halifax. The Woods were an old gentry family, for many centuries respectable York merchants. They were to turn grand upon the discovery of coal beneath their ancestral estates. This was the great Barnsley field, with several hundred acres of Britain's deepest and finest coal. Sir Charles Wood had a distinguished political career and they owned family seats at Garrowby, Pocklington, near York and Hickleton, near Doncaster. They also owned a London house in Belgrave Square.
In 1782, Hugo's grandfather, Hugo Meynell of Quorndon, the 'father of fox hunting', married the Hon. Elizabeth Ingram Shepheard. She was the daughter of Charles Ingram, 9th Viscount Irwin and Lord Ingram. The family seat was Temple Newsam in Yorkshire and this was how the Meynell family became associated with this great house. Through this marriage of Hugo and Elizabeth, the Meynell family also inherited the Ingram estates in Lincolnshire, acquired by Sir Arthur Ingram in the first half of the 17th century. In 1793 Hugo bought the Hoar Cross estate and built a hunting lodge which was known as Old Hall.
Hugo and Elizabeth had six children, the eldest being Hugo Charles who inherited the Temple Newsam estate from his aunt; however, he had to assume the surname of Ingram in compliance with the terms of the will of the last Lord Irwin. So this was how the Meynell Ingram name came about, something which was quite common with the aristocracy in those days. Hugo Charles went on to marry Georgiana Pigou in 1819; their eldest son was Hugo Francis Meynell Ingram, the last of the descendants of Sir Arthur Ingram to inherit Temple Newsam.
Temple Newsam had been built by Thomas, Lord Darcy, early in the 16th century. He, coincidentally, had married a Meynell, and a descendant married Elizabe...
By Viv Wilson in Life at The Hall, Growing Up In a Stately Home | 23rd July 2019
ARISTOCRATIC TRAVELS PART 2: During the latter part of the 1800s Emily Charlotte Meynell travelled around the Mediterranean on board her schooner, Ariadne, recording her travels in her many diaries and drawing books, as mentioned in my previous blog. I have now found the photo of her yacht and one of her paintings; she was a skilled water colour artist as you can see but had a particular affection for nautical subjects. One particular holiday around Nice in the South of France with her brother Charles is documented by the water-colour paintings they both made. Soon after her husband Hugo's death in 1871, she embarked on a Mediterranean tour with her yacht, Zara, recording the scenes as she went.
In later years, the tradition of travelling carried on into the new century and below are some photos of the family around the 1920s - 1930s era. Unfortunately I don't know who they are exactly but they are Meynell family members as the photos were found in the Library of the Hall. The aristocracy often went on travels abroad and it's obvious that they are in hot countries. Note the one with the soldiers marching - does anyone know where this might be?
One of Emily's paintings
The Meynell family abroad
Emily's schooner, "Ariadne"
I hope you have enjoyed looking at these old photos - more next week!
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By Viv Wilson in Life at The Hall, Growing Up In a Stately Home | 18th July 2019
RACING TRAVELS: During the 1960s my dad travelled all over Europe with his racing team. The header photo shows him with his VW van with his racing car on the back. He usually took two mechanics with him who were friends of his who just loved racing and volunteered their services for a free holiday abroad! He went to all the big racing circuits: Hockenheim, Nurburgring and Monza, travelling across Europe to get to them. He always came back with lots of funny stories to tell. Because the van he used wasn't brand new it would sometimes break down but at least he had two mechanics with him - however, getting parts wasn't easy in the 1960s, especially if they were in the middle of nowhere and they often had to fix things using anything they could get their hands on. They also had a few spare parts with them for the racing car.
The places they stayed in en route were very basic - probably an inn with a couple of rooms to let, as my dad never wanted to spend too much money! At one place they were kept up all night as the innkeeper and his customers kept the bar open long into the night. At another place the innkeeper's wife made a pass at them - I don't think they were very interested as she was well past her prime and rather large! But I think she fed them well as my dad always had some treat on him that he would give to the owners.
From each country that he went to he brought home a doll in that country's traditional costume. This amounted to quite a collection eventually and below is a photo of most of them. I wonder if you recognise your own country's costume and if you can tell me where they are from as I have forgotten some of them after all these years! The matador and his bull are obviously Spanish and other countries represented are Germany, Switzerland, Ostende, Greece, Portugal and Florence (the lady with the lace).
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