|Bassett of Bonvilston|
Bonvilston House, Glamorganshire
Crossways, Llanblethian, Glamorganshire
|Crossways, Llanblethian: a pencil sketch of the house, probably showing it before the |
remodelling of the 1870s. Image: Cowbridge History Society/People's Collection Wales.
Entwistle farmed Crossways and may have been responsible for a remodelling of the house, as the first visual record of the building suggests that it had tripartite sash windows and steeply pitched roofs, a combination that is likely to date from c.1840. Entwistle was succeeded by his sister, who continued to farm the estate until she retired in about 1853. She was replaced as tenant by the Rev. W.H. Beever, headmaster of Cowbridge Grammar School, who lived in the schoolhouse and installed one of his workers at Crossways. This suggests that Crossways was gradually sliding down the social scale, although the process may have been arrested by the next tenant, Edward Thomas, who kept two live-in servants in 1871.
|Crossways, Llanblethian: the garden front in c.1905. Image: National Library of Wales.|
|Crossways, Llanblethian: the addition of c.1917 forms a north wing. |
Image: Cowbridge History Society/People's Collection Wales
Bassett family of Bonvilston
(1) John James Bassett (1779-1838) (q.v.);(2) Thomas Morgan Bassett (1780-1840) (q.v.);(3) Mary Ann Bassett (1784-1837), baptised at Bonvilston, 9 July 1784; married, 9 October 1821 at St Brides Major (Glam.), Philip Boye Entwistle of Southerndown, youngest son of John Entwistle of Foxholes (Lancs); died 22 March 1837.
(1) John Morgan Bassett (1817-41), baptised at Welsh St. Donats, 17 June 1817; educated at Exeter College, Oxford (matriculated 1835; BA 1839) and Lincolns Inn (admitted 1838); survived his father by only ten weeks; died unmarried, 22 January and was buried at Bonvilston, 29 January 1841; will proved 24 March 1841;(2) Mary Bassett (1818-48), baptised at Welsh St. Donats, 25 October 1818; married, 12 June 1843 at Bonvilston, Rev. Charles Rumsey Knight (1817-97) of Tythegston Court, vicar of St Bride's Major (Glam.) (who m2, 28 November 1854 at St John, Cardiff, Mary Anne Elizabeth, only daughter of Rev. Thomas Stacey, precentor of Llandaff, and had further issue) and had issue one daughter; died 18 November and was buried at Newton Nottage (Glam), 24 November 1848;(3) Richard Bassett (1820-91) (q.v.);(4) William Watkin Bassett (1827-69), baptised at Welsh St. Donats, 15 July 1827; inherited the Bonvilston estate from his eldest brother in 1841 but exchanged it for Crossways with his next brother, and came of age in 1848; an officer in the 56th Regt. (Ensign, 1846; Lt., 1848; Capt., 1854; retired 1865); JP for Glamorganshire, 1867; lived latterly in Duke St., St. James', Westminster; died unmarried at Haywards Heath (Sussex), 14 May 1869; will proved 27 May 1869 (effects under £3,000);(5) Susannah Bassett (1822-1902), baptised at Welsh St. Donats, 15 December 1822; married, 20 April 1844 at St Martin-in-the-Fields (Middx), Jean Louis Thouroude of Tours (France), 'proprietor', and had issue; died 8 October 1902; will proved 17 March 1903 (effects in England, £6,250);(6) Louisa Catherine Bassett (1829-1924), born 27 October and baptised at Welsh St. Donats, 12 November 1829; married, 2 June 1853 at St Marylebone (Middx), Rev. Lewis Thomas (later Morgan) (1827-92), rector of St. Hilary (Glam.) and secretary of the Glamorgan Education Board, son of Evan Thomas, customs officer, and had issue one daughter; died aged 94 on 10 March, and was buried at St Hilary, 13 March 1924; will proved 16 August 1924 (estate £22,337).
(1.1) Mary Elizabeth Constance Bassett (1845-1909), baptised at Cheltenham, 12 September 1845; married, 25 May 1874 at St Matthias, West Brompton (Middx), Rev. Archibald John Norman Macdonald (1846-82), headmaster of Earls Court Grammar School, son of Norman William Macdonald of Priory Field House, Taunton (Som.), Governor of Sierra Leone, but had no issue; died at Villa Sylvie, Nice (France), 1 May 1909; will proved 27 July 1909 (estate £410);(1.2) John Richard Bassett (1847-73), born 31 May 1847; educated at Sherborne School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge (matriculated 1865); died unmarried in India, 28 February 1874, and was buried at Dibrugarh Cemeteries, Assam (India);(1.3) Ralph Thurstan Bassett (1851-1903) (q.v.);(1.4) Ann Maria Bassett (1852-53), baptised at Bonvilston, 25 July 1852; died in infancy, Apr-June 1853;(1.5) Anne Maria Rosamond Bassett (1855-1934), baptised at Bonvilston, 29 July 1855; married, 23 August 1876 at St Andrew's Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, Benjamin Hardwick (b. c.1838), solicitor, of Kenmure House, South Kensington (Middx), son of Benjamin Hardwick, but had no issue; died at Nice (France), 5 January 1934; administration of goods granted 12 March 1934 (estate £112);(2.1) William Fortescue Basset (1879-1953) (q.v.);(2.2) Hugh Fortescue Basset (1881-1931), born 3 June 1881; educated at Marlborough College; served in Boer War with Highland Light Infantry (2nd Lt., 1900) and in First World War with Royal Army Service Corps (Lt., 1914; Capt., 1915); managing director of Union Motor Car Co., Victoria and Battersea, a dealership specialising in bespoke bodywork; JP for County of London; Westminster City Councillor, 1912-22 and Alderman, 1922-31; converted to Roman Catholicism, 1906; married, 1907, Mary Bessie Lee (1869-1941), daughter of Capt. B.J. Cooper, RN, and had issue two sons (who both became Jesuit priests) and two daughters (one of whom became a nun); died 29 March 1931 and after a requiem mass in Westminster Cathedral was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery; will proved 2 May 1931 (estate £11,579).
(1) Dorothy Sysyllt Bassett (1879-1929), born 11 March 1879; married 1st, 14 April 1898 (div. 1920, on the grounds of her adultery), the Hon. Frederick George Morgan (later 5th Baron Tredegar) (1873-1954) of Boughrood Castle (Radnor.), and had issue one son and one daughter; married 2nd, 9 May 1921 at Bath Registry Office (Som.), the co-respondent in her divorce case, Ralph William Kirby (1891-1969); died 1 October 1929; will proved 19 November 1929 (estate £4,288);(2) Olive Bassett (1882-1926), baptised at Llanblethian, 4 October 1882; married, 14 April 1904 (div. 1918), Lt-Col. Roland Stuart Forestier-Walker DSO (1871-1938) (who m2, 1921, Norah Jacintha (1878-1935), daughter of Charles Nicholas Paul Phipps and widow of Sir John Michael Fleetwood Fuller, 1st bt.), son of Sir George Ferdinand Radziwill Forestier-Walker, 2nd bt., but had no issue; died 4 July 1926; administration of her goods granted to her sister, 10 November 1926 (estate £2,789);(3) Margery Bassett (1886-88), baptised 2 November 1886; died in infancy, 2 November 1888.
(1) Nancy Ursula Basset (1910-80), born 22 November and baptised at St Andrew, Darjeeling, Bengal (India), 25 December 1910; married 1st, 25 April 1935 at Faccombe (Hants), Maj. Robert John Horn (d. 1945), second son of H.J. Horn of Faccombe Manor, and had issue two children; married 2nd, 1947, William Douglas Elmes Brown (1913-84) of Littlewick Green (Berks); died 27 February 1980; will proved 27 June 1980 (estate £3,619);(2) Richard Thurstine Basset (1913-95), born 27 April and baptised at Laleston (Glam), 2 June 1913; educated at Stowe School; an officer in the Rifle Brigade (2nd Lt., 1933; Lt., 1936; Capt., 1941; Maj., 1946) and Territorial Army reserve of officers (Maj. before 1953; Lt-Col., 1955; br. Col., 1959); awarded MC, 1941 and appointed MBE, 1953; died unmarried in Brighton (Sussex), 3 January 1995; will proved 16 February 1995 (estate under £125,000);(3) David William Basset (1916-2000), born 22 February and baptised at Petersham (Surrey), 25 March 1916; educated at Stowe School; farm manager; married, 6 September 1947 at St Paul, Knightsbridge (Middx) (div. before 1965), Jane Christian (1926-2009) (who m2, 1966, Nigel R. West, and had further issue), daughter of John Cyril Moinet, and had issue one son; died 4 May 2000; will proved 25 July 2000;(4) Lydia Mary Basset (1920-83), born 13 July 1920; married, 9 December 1950 at Woolton Hill (Hants), Lt-Cdr. Lionel Charles Digby Godwin RN DSC (1909-96) of Manor Cottage, Stoke Trister (Som.), son of Lionel James Godwin; died 24 December 1983; will proved 15 February 1984 (estate £26,129).
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