|Agnew of Rougham, baronets|
Rougham Hall, Suffolk
|Rougham Hall, Suffolk: the late 17th or early 18th century house|
|Rougham Hall: the mid 19th century house built for Philip Bennet. Image: Charles Hind Postcard Collection.|
Philip Bennet (1862-1913), the great-grandson of the builder, sold the house and part of the estate in the 1890s to Edwin James Johnstone (b. 1872), who was heir to a newspaper fortune. He extended the house by the addition of a substantial wing linking the rear of the building to the stable court. In 1904/5 the estate was acquired by Sir George Agnew, 2nd bt. and it remains the property of his descendant, Sir George Agnew (b. 1953), 7th bt. The house, however, was requsitioned for military use during the Second World War, and was bombed by the enemy in September 1940, and has never been restored. The west tower was demolished in 1975 as being in a dangerous condition, but the ruins of the rest of the house still stand in a derelict state, and are occasionally shown to the public in their present state. For images of the house in its present condition, see here.
The Agnews of Rougham Hall
(1) Sir John Stuart Agnew (1879-1957), 3rd bt. (q.v.);
(2) twin, Mary Emily Agnew (1880-1983), born 1 October 1880; m. 17 March 1904, William Burn Anderson, son of John MacVicar Anderson, architect; died 14 June 1983, aged 102;
(3) twin, Fanny Isobel Agnew (1880-1967), born 1 October 1880; m. 4 March 1919, Brig-Gen. Oswald Kesteven Chance CMG DSO (d. 1935), son of William Edward Chance, and had issue; died 4 July 1967;
(4) Colin George (sometimes given as George Colin) Agnew (1882-1975); born 28 October 1882; served in WW1 but invalided out of services; partner in Thomas Agnew & Sons; died Oct-Dec 1975;
(5) Dorothy Agnew (1885-1940); m. 4 July 1906 Hinton Arthur Stewart (d. 1956), son of Hinton Daniell Stewart, but died without issue, 24 March 1940; will proved 6 June 1940 (estate £18,325);
(6) twin, Sybil Alice Agnew (1891-1949), m. Maj-Gen. John Talbot Wentworth Reeve, son of Charles Sydney Wentworth Reeve of Livermere Park (Suffolk) and had issue; died 17 August 1949; will proved 28 December 1949 (estate £26,121);
(7) twin, Cicely Agnew (1891-1979), born 19 April 1891; m. 10 June 1920 Norman Froggatt Kingzett (d. 1947), elder son of Charles Thomas Kingzett and had issue; died Apr-Jun 1979.
He purchased the Rougham Hall estate in 1904/5 and lived there until the house was requisitioned in WW2.
He died at Thurston Grange (Suffolk), 19 December 1941. His will was proved in Manchester, 24 July 1942 (estate £294,716)
Agnew, Sir John Stuart (1879-1957), 3rd baronet, of Rougham Hall. Eldest son of Sir George William Agnew (1852-1941), 2nd bt., and his wife Fanny, younger daughter of John Stuart Bolton of Oulton Hall, Aylsham (Norfolk), born 16 September 1879. Educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge (matriculated 1898). Major in Suffolk Yeomanry; fought in WW1; TD. JP and DL for West Suffolk. Land Agent. He married, 14 April 1910, Kathleen (d. 1971), daughter of Isaac William Hewitt White of Leeds, civil engineer, and had issue:
(1) Sir (John) Anthony Stuart Agnew (1914-93), 4th baronet; born 25 July 1914; died unmarried, 6 February 1993;
(2) Sir George Keith Agnew (1916-94), 5th bt. (q.v.);
(3) Stephen William Agnew (1921-2001), born 31 July 1921; m.1, 28 June 1947 (div. 1966), Elizabeth, daughter James Brooks Close of Aldeburgh (Suffolk) and had issue, and m.2, Mrs. Adene Leona, daughter of Vincent John Brady and formerly wife of John Cookson; lived in Australia. His eldest son is now heir presumptive to the title.
He inherited the Rougham Hall estate from his father in 1941.
He died 27 August 1957, aged 77. His will was proved 13 February and 15 May 1958 (estate £94,411). His widow died 5 May 1971.
Agnew, Sir (John) Anthony Stuart (1914-93), 4th baronet, of Rougham. Eldest son of Sir John Stuart Agnew (1879-1957) and his wife Kathleen, daughter of Isaac William Hewitt White; born 25 July 1914.
He inherited the Rougham Hall estate from his father in 1957. At his death, it passed to his nephew, Sir John Keith Agnew.
He died unmarried, 6 February 1993.
Agnew, Sir George Keith (1916-94), 5th baronet, of Rougham. Second son of Sir John Stuart Agnew (1879-1957) and his wife Kathleen, daughter of Isaac William Hewitt White; born 25 November 1916. He married, 10 July 1948, Baroness Anne Merete Louise, younger daughter of Baron Johann Schaffalitzky de Muckadell (1924-2005) of Rødkilde, Fyn, Denmark and had issue:
(1) Sir John Keith Agnew (1950-2011), 6th baronet of Rougham, born 19 December 1950; educated at Gresham's School, Holt and the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester; died unmarried, 22 June 2011;
(2) Sir George Anthony Agnew (b. 1953), 7th baronet, of Rougham, born 18 August 1953; educated at Gresham's School and the University of East Anglia.
He died 12 April 1994. His widow died in the first quarter of 2005.
Location of archives
Some additional family papers are understood to be retained by the family.