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Versailles

Above George Matcham

Raleigh House, Union Road, Plymouth

Above: Morning Post 07 August 1834: findmypast.co.uk

Lutton House, South Brent

Above: Tori c. 1900 (Style family collection)

Raleigh House, Union Road, Plymouth

Above: Tori’s baptism record

Above: Hampshire Advertiser 16 April 1836

Above: Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916 for Alexander Montgomery Moore.  Source: ancestry.co.uk

Above:  Harriet’s death certificate

Raleigh House, Plymouth

Above:  Stoke Damerel Church

Worthing, Sussex

Above: England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 for Acheson Montgomery Moore

Above: Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916 for Acheson Montgomery Moore. Source: ancestry.co.uk

Above: Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service 02 March 1839

Above: Westwell Gardens Burial Grounds (the ground was cleared after WWII and bodies removed to Efford Cemetery, although instructions to relocate the Blanckley grave intact appear not to have been followed).

Above: Hampshire Advertiser 25 May 1839

Redlynch, Wiltshire

Above: Newhouse, Redlynch

Above: George Matcham Jr.

Above: Norfolk Chronicle 31 July 1841

Duke Street, London

Above: London, England, Land Tax Records, 1692-1932 for Edwd Blanckley.  Source: ancestry.co.uk

Above: young Queen Victoria by Franz Winterhalter

Above: The Atlas 24 August 1844

Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London

Left: Morning Advertiser 11 April 1845

Duke Street, London

Above: detail of Edward Blanckley’s death certificate

Above: Edward Blanckley’s burial record for St Andrew’s, Plymouth

Above: detail of 1850 map with the location of North Bank highlighted

Above: Alexander George Montgomery Moore photographed in 1880

Plymouth

Plymouth

Above: Western Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser 26 January 1853

Above: Western Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser 12 October 1853

Above: Western Courier, West of England Conservative, Plymouth and Devonport Advertiser 02 February 1853

Above: London Evening Standard 5 June 1854

Above: Berrow's Worcester Journal 21 October 1854 obituary for Henry Duncan Blanckley

Above: Morning Chronicle 28 August 1854

London

Above: Shipping and Mercantile Gazette 03 October 1854 obituary for Henry Duncan Blanckley

Plymouth

Above: Marriage Certificate of Horatio Nelson Charles Blanckley and Augusta Polkinghorne

Above: 1861 census listing for H C N Blanckley

Above: HMS Immortalité in 1859

Gipsy Lodge, London

Above: detail of 1863 Clore map showing Gispy House/Lodge

Clevedon, Somerset

Above: July 1862, Peterson's Magazine illustration showing a white bournouse cloak (left)

Above: 1861 census listing for Tori

First name: Edward

Last name: Blanckley

Age: Full

Marriage year:    1841

Parish: St George, Hanover Square

Spouse's first name(s): Sarah Elizabeth

Spouse's last name: Nayler

Spouse's age: Full

County: Middlesex

Country: England

Archive: City of Westminster Archives Centre

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Above: Bell's Weekly Messenger 12 November 1859

1871 England Census

Name: Horatio N C Blanckley

Age: 39

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1832

Relation: Captain E M L S

Gender: Male

Where born: Versailles, France

Civil parish: Vessels

Town: Naples

County/Island: Royal Navy

Country: England

Registration district: Royal Navy

Sub-registration district: Royal Navy

ED, institution, or vessel: Caledonia

Source: ancestry.co.uk

This 1831 steel engraving by Allom, Thomas, engraver Le Petit W, shows John Foulston's Royal Union Baths (built 1828) and other newly erected architecture. Raleigh House was further down the street on the right, possibly the building suggested by a single vertical line between the lamp post and forward-facing building on the right.

Above: Western Times’ record of Tori’s birth

Above: Wold postcard of St Andrew’s Church, Plymouth

Above: Woolmer's Exeter and Plymouth Gazette listing of Catherine Nelson's visit to her daughter Harriet

Above: Salisbury and Winchester Journal 06 March 1837

Above: Harriet’s Gentleman’s Magazine obituary

First name(s): Harriet

Last name: Blanckley

Age: 38

Birth year: 1800

Burial year: 1838

Burial date: 25 Aug 1838

Denomination: Anglican

Place: Plymouth, St Andrew

Source: findmypast.co.uk

First name(s): Nelson Raleigh Matcham

Last name: Blanckley

Baptism date: 24 Oct 1838

Denomination: Anglican

Baptism place : Stoke Damerel

Father's first name: Edward

Mother's first name: Harriet

Father’s occupation: Commander in Royal Navy

County: Devon

Archive: Plymouth & West Devon Record Office

Source: findmypast.co.uk

Above: old postcard of Worthing

Above: England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915 for Nelson Raleigh Matcham Blanckley

Above: Tori’s entry in the 1841 census.  Source: ancestry.co.uk

Above: Edward Blanckley’s entry in the 1841 census.  Source: ancestry.co.uk

Above: Morning Post 16 Mar 1842

Above: Perthshire Advertiser 15 May 1845 listing of Edward Blanckley’s death

Above: Captain Edward Blanckley R.N. (family photograph of lost portrait)

Above: 1851 census listing for Tori

Above: old postcard of Plymouth Theatre Royal

Above: HMS Meander

Above: Globe 17 August 1855 obituary for Edward Blanckley’s widow, Sarah Elizabeth

Above: Gold postcard of Plymouth Dockyard

Above: Omina Vanitas (1848) by William Dyce, former resident of Gipsy Lodge

Above: Rev Horatio Nelson Ward © Tribe family

Above: Old Church, Clevedon

Above: Gipsy Lodge/House map in 1862 Stanfords map.

Above: William Iv: Wikicommons

Above: Kitty Matcham

Above: Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 08 May 1836

Death of 3rd great-grandmother Harriet Matcham

Above: 27 Duke Street photographed August 2016

Above: HMS Rattler and Alecto in 1845

Above: London Evening Standard 03 April 1845

Above: London Evening Standard 01 January 1857

Above: 07 October 1843 - Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service

Death of Kitty Matcham (4th great-grandmother)

Death of Edward Blanckley (3rd great-grandfather)

Above: Portsmouth Times and Naval Gazette 17 January 1852

Above: London Evening Standard 04 February 1858

Marriage of my 2nd great-grandparents

Edward’s second marriage

Blanckleys 1832 - 1864

Versailles 1832  Plymouth 1833  South Brent 1834

C. 1832

Edward and Harriet’s third child, Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley is born in Versailles (left).

It seems Harriet stayed with the Blanckleys in Versailles while Edward was away at sea

3 Feb 1833

 Edward’s father in law George Matcham (right) dies in Kensington, London aged 79

1833

A pre-stamp letter sent from Paris to Captain Edward Blanckley at Raleigh House, Union Road, Plymouth.

Blanckley references to Sir Walter Raleigh: here.

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 1833 PARIS p/m letter to Capt Ed Blanckley, PLYMOUTH England

SEE FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW IMAGE

FRANCE: Interesting Pre stamp letter from Paris with an account posted to Capt Edward Blanckley, Raleigh House, Union Road, Plymouth, England, charged "2/5"d, "10"c with LONDON Foreign Office datestamp to reverse. SEE SCAN. 

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Source: www.worthpoint.com

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This is the first time that Raleigh House is recorded as Edward and Harriet’s address.  WE can assume they took up residence before Edward left on his 3 year Pylades tour in 1831.

Right: the historic location of Raleigh House in Plymouth

6 Aug 1834

Edward was presented to William IV during his general levee (right).

C. 1834

Edward purchases View Cottage near South Brent and commences converting it to a larger country residence

Above: Lutton House in the snow (detail from old postcard)

4 May 1835

Tori (Catherine Nelson Parker Toriana Blanckley) is born at Raleigh House, Union Road, Plymouth, England to Edward Blanckley and Harriet née Matcham.

29 Aug 1835

Kitty Matcham (left) visits her daughter Harriet at Raleigh House (below left)

13 Apr 1836

Edward elected as a council member for the Royal Western Yacht Club AGM  in the Club Room, Whiddon’s Royal Hotel, Plymouth (left and right)

27 Feb 1837

Alexander James Montgomery Moore, husband of Harriet’s youngest sister, Susan dies at Sedgehill House, Wiltshire aged 51 (left)

8 Mar 1837

Alexander James Montgomery Moore buried at Sedgehill, Wiltshire (right)

Aug 1838

Edward and Harriet’s 5th child, Nelson Raleigh Matcham born at Raleigh House

19 Aug 1838

Harriet Blanckley née Matcham dies of child bed fever (right) at Raleigh House

My 3rd great-grandmother

25 Aug 1838

Harriet buried (left) in Vault No. 3 of Westwell Gardens Burial Grounds, Plymouth.  

The inscription on her tomb read:

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To the memory of

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HARRIET, wife of Commander BLANCKLEY, R.N.

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daughter of George Matcham, Esq., of Ashfold Lodge

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Co. Sussex, and niece to Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson

of the Nile.

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    Obit 19th August 1838 in her 37th year

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Source: Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

24 Oct 1838

Nelson Raleigh Matcham Blanckley baptised (left) at Stoke Damerel Church (right), near Plymouth

Harriet’s recently widowed sister, Susan Montgomery Moore née Matcham adopts 3-year-old Tori and baby Nelson and takes them to Worthing with her and her two young sons Alexander (5) and Acheson (4).

C. Jan 1839

Acheson Montgomery Moore (Tori’s 4-year-old cousin) dies (right) at Worthing (left)

28 Jan 1839

Acheson Montgomery Moore is buried at Sedgehill, Wiltshire (right)

His father, Alexander James Montgomery Moore had been buried here two years previously (8 Mar 1837)

15 Feb 1839

Nelson Raleigh Matcham Blanckley dies at Worthing (left) aged six months.  Obituary (right)

C. Feb 1839

Nelson Raleigh Matcham Blanckley is buried with his mother in Vault No. 3 of Westwell Gardens Burial Grounds, Plymouth.  

The inscription on their tomb now read:

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To the memory of

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HARRIET, wife of Commander BLANCKLEY, R.N.

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daughter of George Matcham, Esq., of Ashfold Lodge

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Co. Sussex, and niece to Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson

of the Nile.

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    Obit 19th August 1838 in her 37th year

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Also NELSON RALEIGH MATCHAM BLANCKLEY

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Son of the above

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-- obit 15th of February 1839.  Aged 6 Months.

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Source: Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

23 Jan 1841

Edward promoted to Captain

 Naval Biographical Dictionary:

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 His elevation to Post-rank took place 23 Jan. 1841.

1 May 1839

Henry Duncan Blanckley passed examination for Lieutenant R.N. (left)

Source: Naval Biographical Dictionary

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Henry Duncan Blanckley appointed to HMS Excellent (right)

6 Jun 1841

 1841 census

 6-year-old Tori (above left) was with Susan and 8-year-old Alexander in the tiny village of Redlynch, Wiltshire –– in very close proximity to, but separate from Susan’s eldest brother, George Matcham Jr. (right) in Newhouse Estate (right).

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At the time of the same census, Edward was in Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London (left).

14 Jul 1841

Edward’s marriage to Sarah Elizabeth Nayler in St George, Hannover Square

Sarah was the daughter of the late Sir George Nayler, Garter Principal of Arms

Jul 1841

Presentation to Devon and Cornwall Natural History Society by P. F. Bellamy M.D of two Peruvian Mummies, donated by Captain Blanckley of the Royal Navy.

16 Mar 1842

Edward presented to Queen Victoria at her levee in recognition of his promotion to Captain R.N. (left)

Morning Post 18 March 1842

28 Mar 1842

Kitty Matcham née Nelson (Tori’s maternal grandmother) dies at Kensington

1844

Edward is a Director of Kollman’s Locomotive and Carriage Improvement Company (right)

2 Dec 1844

Henry Duncan Blanckley promoted to Lieutenant R.N.

Serving on Rattler steam-sloop (pictured left in 1845 with HMS Alecto) under Captain Henry Smith

Source: Naval Biographical Dictionary

2 Apr 1845

Edward organised medal giving to Trafalgar veterans (left)

11 Apr 1845

Edward is a committee member for London Windsor Train line (right).

4 May 1845

Captain Edward Blanckley R.N. dies at Duke Street, London aged 55 (left).

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The cause of death was: Anasarca 3 weeks (right)

A condition involving widespread swelling of the skin. The disease was likely caused by Malaria contracted during his Pylades tour.

4 May 1845

Tori’s 10th birthday

10 May 1845

Edward was buried at Westwell Gardens Burial Grounds of St Andrew’s Church, Plymouth (right) with Harriet and baby Nelson.

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The inscription on Vault No. 3 was amended to read:

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To the memory of

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HARRIET, wife of Commander BLANCKLEY, R.N.

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daughter of George Matcham, Esq., of Ashford Lodge

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Co. Sussex, and niece to Admiral Lord Viscount Nelson

of the Nile.

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    Obit 19th August 1838 in her 37th year.

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Also NELSON RALEIGH MATCHAM BLANCKLEY

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Son of the above

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-- obit 15th of February 1839.  Aged 6 Months.

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CAPT.  EDWARD BLANCKLEY, R.N.

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Husband of the above

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Died 4th May, 1845.  Aged 54.

13 Dec 1850

17-year-old Alexander George Montgomery Moore (right) Tori’s first cousin and adoptive brother purchased his commission as a Cornet in the 7th Dragoon Guards

Source: http://www.hussards-photos.com/UK UK_4_CDV_Moore.htm

30 Mar 1851

 1851 census

16-year-old Tori is with Susan (left) at 29 North Bank, St Marylebone (location = right)

1852

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley promoted to First Lieutenant Royal Marines, Plymouth Division (left)

31 Jan 1853

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley in two amateur dramatic performances at Plymouth Theatre Royal (pictured below left): Lopez in The Honeymoon and Edward in the comedy of Charles II (left)

5 Oct 1853

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley attended a ball at St. George’s Hall, Plymouth (right)

1 Jun 1854

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley embarked on Meander (44) - pictured left - at Devonport (right)

28 Jul 1854

Edward’s widow, Sarah Elizabeth dies (left)

27 Aug 1854

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley  attends the Lords of the admiralty’s levee in Devonport at 4PM (right)

25 Sep 1854

Henry Duncan Blanckley dies at Greenwich, London aged 34 (above right and right)

C. Dec 1856

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley joins Head Quarters after a leave of absence (left)

1858

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley resumed duties at Plymouth Royal Marines Head Quarters after a leave of absence (left)

1859

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley  promoted to Captain of the Royal Marines (left)

7 Feb 1860

Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley marries Augusta Polkinghorne in Penwerris, Cornwall (right)

Augusta had grown up near Horace in Plymouth and her late father had been a sea captain

7 Apr 1861

 1861 census

26-year-old Tori is with Susan (left) at Gipsy Lodge, Norwood (left)

Gipsy Lodge remained in their family as a home

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29-year-old Horatio Charles Nelson Blanckley is on HMS Immortalité (right)

Above: the iron collar of Tori’s pet dog from her time at Gipsy Lodge

Gérin W., Horatia Nelson, Clarendon Press (1970) p. 315

15 Nov 1864

29-year-old Tori married her 2nd cousin William George Ward at Clevedon, Somerset.

William’s eldest brother Rev Horatio Nelson Ward was guest Vicar, Horatio Nelson Charles Blanckley gave Tori away and the bridesmaids were 2 daughters of Tori’s aunt Horatia Mason née Matcham descendants, the daughter of her half-aunt Elizabeth Broughton née Blanckley and William’s sister Eleanor Philippa Ward (below)

Above: Weston-super-Mare Gazette, and General Advertiser 19 November 1864

25 Aug 1835

Tori (right) is baptised at St Andrew’s Church, Plymouth (left)

1842

Edward still resident in Duke Street (right)

Aug 22 1844

A letter from Edward’s eldest son, Henry Duncan Blanckley gives his precise London Address as: 27 Duke Street, Grosvenor Square, London (right and, photoed, left).

The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) · Thu, Aug 22, 1844 · Page 4

Gipsy Lodge was in rural Upper Norwood, surrounded by fields, but close

to Gipsy Hill Railway Station. Norwood History Society

kindly provided these two maps showing Gipsy Lodge/House. The 1862 Stanfords map (above left) names it, but in the 1863 Clore map (right it is only shown in red. Norwood History Society also provided a page from Coulter's Norwood Past (now out of print) which gives the following information about Gipsy Lodge/House:

In the nineteenth century [...], the Oaks, belonged to Samuel Waring, but it was generally let to tenants. One of them, in the 1850s, was among the most distinguished of Norwood residents: William Dyce (1806-1864), the father, or perhaps rather the grandfather, of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Waring lived at a smaller property close by called the Gipsy House. It has been said that this was the old tavern in the woods occupied by Margaret Finch and the other Gipsy Queens, but as it was described in 1823 as "an elegant small house" it is perhaps more likely that a cottage on the open green, in front of the Oaks, was the gipsy meeting place.

There was another colony of four or five squatter cottages on the left bank of a little stream, just south of what is now Gipsy Road. This group developed into Lepine Cottages, described by J.B. Wilson as "a charming spot" that "might well have been in the heart of the country" It survived intact until destroyed by a flying bomb in 1944.

Coulter J. Norwood Past, (London: Coulter Publications, 1996), page 39.

According to Horatia biographer Winifred Gérin, Susan at Gipsy Lodge maintained close contact with Horatia and family in Tenterden, Kent:

Death of 4nd great-grandfather George Matcham

Birth of 2nd great-grandmother Tori