|Beale of Heath House|
Heath House, Leintwardine (Herefordshire)
|Heath House, Leintwardine: the north front c.1930. Image: Crown Copyright.|
The house was rebuilt for Sir John Edwards, kt., who inherited the estate through his wife in 1660. It has a U-plan, with two wings to the north and an asymmetrical eight bay flat south front which largely disguises the fact that it was built in two phases. The first phase consisted of the hall and most of the east wing, both extended north when the west wing was added a few years later. All the windows in the south front have been converted to sashes, but some original wooden cross-windows survive on the east and north sides.
|Heath House, Leintwardine: staircase © University of London|
Beale family of Heath House
(1) Margaret Beale (b. c.1613), born about 1613; during the Civil War she was accused - perhaps maliciously - of encouraging her husband, who was then Parliamentarian Governor of Warwick Castle, to embezzle many of the King's goods seized at the battle of Edgehill and she herself was said to have carried out plate and jewels from the castle 'by the apronful'; married, 1636 (licence 21 March 1635/6), Col. John Bridges MP (1610-64), MP for Worcestershire, 1654, son of John Bridges of Alcester (Warks) and Hackney (Middx), barrister-at-law, and had issue at least one son and one daughter;(2) Henry Beale (c.1614-72), eldest son, born about 1614; educated at St Catherine's and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge (matriculated 1632; BA 1636; MA 1639); Fellow of Jesus College, 1637-44 (ejected by the Parliamentary Visitors); married 1st, Sarah (d. 1653) and 2nd, 28 September 1653 or 1654 at Walton (Bucks), Mary, daughter of Clifton Catesby of Ecton (Northants); buried at Walton, 2 July 1672;(3) Theodore Beale (b. c.1617), born about 1617; probably died young;(4) Catherine Beale (c.1619-95), born about 1619; married, 9 December 1639 at St Ann, Blackfriars, London, John Smith (d. 1675), and had issue two sons and two daughters; died in 1695; will proved in the PCC, 11 April 1695;(5) Bartholomew Beale (c.1620-74) (q.v.);(6) William Beale (b. 1625), baptised at Walton, 29 May 1625; perhaps died young;(7) Robert Beale (b. 1627), baptised at Walton, 8 June 1627; bound apprentice to his uncle, John Beale, a London stationer, 1643, but probably died during his seven year term and certainly by 1656;(8) Charles Beale (1631-1705), baptised at Walton, 9 June 1631; perhaps educated privately and apprenticed to Andrew Beech of London, draper, in 1648; later he was a minor civil servant at the Board of Green Cloth and an amateur painter; lived chiefly in London but between 1664 and 1670 lived at Otterbourne (Hants) to avoid the plague; returned to London in 1670 and became studio manager to his wife, who became one of the first professional female artists; married, 8 March 1651 at Barrow (Suffk), Mary (1633-99), portrait painter, daughter of Rev. John Cradock, rector of Barrow, and had issue three sons (one of whom died young); died 1705.
(1) Thomas Beale (1654-55), born 13 November and baptised at St Dunstan-in-the-West, London, 29 November 1654; died in infancy and was buried in the chancel of St Faith under St Paul's, London, 22 October 1655;(2) Charles Beale (b. & d. 1660), born 29 June and baptised at St Bride, Fleet St., London, 10 July 1660; died in infancy and was buried at the same church, 29 August 1660;(3) Elizabeth Beale (b. 1661; fl. 1671), born 4 August and baptised at St Bride, Fleet St., London, 8 August 1661; living in 1671;(4) Bartholomew Beale (1662-1727) (q.v.);(5) Thomas Beale (b. 1664), baptised at St Bride, Fleet St., London, 3 June 1664; died young before 1671;(6) Katherine Beale (1665-66), born 3 November 1665; died in infancy and was buried at Walton (Bucks), 19 March 1665/6.
(1) Bartholomew Beale (b. 1695), baptised in London, 2 July 1695; educated at Middle Temple (admitted 1713/4); died unmarried before 1721;(2) Henry Beale (d. 1697); died young and was buried at Leintwardine, 10 January 1697/8;(3) Walter Beale (1698-1718), baptised at Leintwardine, 3 April 1698; died unmarried and was buried at St Clement Danes, Westminster (Middx), 16 June 1718;(4) Thomas Beale (1699-1776) (q.v.);(5) Sarah Beale (b. 1700), baptised at Leintwardine, 19 March 1699/1700; probably died young;(6) William Beale (b. 1701), baptised at Leintwardine, 1 April 1701; perhaps died young;(7) Jane Beale (1703-18), baptised at Leintwardine, 12 October 1703; died young and was buried at St Clement Danes, Westminster (Middx), 20 June 1718;(8) twin?, Isabella Beale (b. 1705), baptised at Leintwardine, 1 or 11 May 1705; probably died young;(9) twin?, Gwen Beale (b. & d. 1705), baptised at Leintwardine, 1 or 11 May 1705; died in infancy and was buried at Leintwardine, 15 September 1705;(10) Mary Beale (d. 1711); buried at Leintwardine, 27 April 1711.
(1) Byne Beale (1744-1825), baptised at Leintwardine, 18 July 1744; married, 11 March 1773 at Leintwardine, John Oakeley (1744-1811) of Firgrove alias Oakeley, Bishops Castle (Shrops.), and had issue three sons and two daughters; died 9 December and was buried at Bishop's Castle, 17 December 1825; her will was proved at Gloucester, 11 April 1826;(2) Thomas Beale (1747-1800) (q.v.);(3) Henry Beale (1754-1806?), born 20 January and baptised at Leintwardine, 13 February 1754; married, 14 July 1776 at St Clement Danes, Westminster (Middx), Frances Whitaker (c.1754-1812?), and had issue two sons and one daughter, who evidently all died young; probably the man of this name buried at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster (Middx), 31 March 1806, and whose will was proved in the PCC, 5 April 1806.
(1) Elizabeth Beale (1781-83), baptised at Leintwardine, 28 December 1781; died in infancy and was buried at Leintwardine, 12 February 1783;(2) Mary Beale (1783-1855), baptised at Leintwardine, 1 February 1783; married, 6 January 1806 at Leintwardine, Rev. John Bright Betton (later Bright) (1774-1833) of Totterton Hall (Shrops.), vicar of Lydbury North (Shrops.), son of Richard Betton of Shrewsbury (Shrops.), and had issue one son and five daughters; died in Cheltenham, 8 February, and was buried at Lydbury North, 20 February 1855; her will was proved in the PCC, 8 November 1855;(3) Elizabeth Beale (1784-1814), baptised at Leintwardine, 28 April 1784; died unmarried, 22 March, and was buried at Leintwardine, 30 March 1814;(4) Thomas Beale (1785-86), baptised at Leintwardine, 13 May 1785; died in infancy and was buried at Leintwardine, 15 April 1786;(5) Frances Beale (b. & d. 1786), baptised at Leintwardine, 5 June 1786; died in infancy and was buried at Leintwardine, 12 October 1786;(6) Thomas Beale (1787-1845) (q.v.);(7) Frances Beale (1788-1869), baptised at Leintwardine, 7 December 1788; lived in Ludlow; died unmarried, 17 July 1869; will proved 21 September 1869 (effects under £1,500);(8) Ann Beale (1791-1857), baptised at Leintwardine, 7 November 1791; married, 18 February 1812 at Leintwardine, Rev. John Rocke (1783-1849), of Clungunford House (Shrops.), which he rebuilt, rector of Clungunford, son of the Rev. John Rocke (d. 1824) of Clungunford, and had issue at least three sons and three daughters; buried at Clungunford, 29 January 1857.
(1) Thomas Salwey Beale (1816-86) (q.v.);(2) Constance Isabella Beale (1817-46), baptised at Leintwardine, 10 August 1817; died unmarried and was buried at Clungunford (Shrops), 27 October 1846; her will was proved in the PCC, 23 October 1847;(3) Annette Cecilia Beale (1819-97), baptised at Leintwardine, 8 March 1819; lived with her brother Theodore at Hopton Castle and later with his widow at Bucknall (Shrops.); died unmarried, 21 August 1897; will proved 25 September 1897 (effects £5,705);(4) Theodore Beale (1820-87), born 10 July and baptised at Leintwardine, 11 July 1820; educated at Eton and Brasenose College, Oxford (matriculated 1838; BA 1842); rector of Hopton Castle (Shrops.), 1856-78; married, 26 May 1863 at Leintwardine, Mary Dora (1831- 1918), only daughter of Sir William Henry Clerke, 9th bt., of Hitcham (Flints), and had issue two sons; died 21 November 1887; will proved 5 January 1878 (effects £1,475);(5) Walter Yonge Beale (1821-46), born 19 December and baptised at Leintwardine, 20 December 1821; educated at Eton; an officer in the 10th Foot (Ensign, 1838; Lt., 1842); died unmarried when he was killed in action at the battle of Sobraon in the First Anglo-Sikh war, 10 February 1846; will proved in the PCC, 20 July 1846;(6) Robert Beale Beale (1823-61), born and baptised at Leintwardine, 11 July 1823; educated at Eton (admitted 1835); an officer in the Royal Navy (Midshipman, 1840; Lt., 1846); died 31 March 1861; will proved 10 May 1861 (effects under £1,500);(7) Lt-Col. Henry Yelverton Beale (1824-69), baptised at Leintwardine, 14 November 1824; educated at Eton (admitted 1835); an officer in the 12th Bombay Native Infantry (Lt. 1846; Capt., 1856; Maj., 1865; Lt-Col., 1868); married, 22 October 1857 at Lowestoft (Suffk), Agnes Jane, daughter of Edward Leathes of Normanstone (Suffk), and had issue four sons; died 5 April 1869; will proved 3 June 1869 (effects under £600);(8) Octavia Frances Beale (1827-46), baptised at Leintwardine, 9 June 1827; died unmarried at Moor Park (Shrops.), 23 January and was buried at Richard's Castle, 29 January 1846;(9) John Arthur Beale (1829-63), born 29 April and baptised at Leintwardine, 30 April 1829; died in Oxford, 2 March 1863; will proved 19 August 1863 (effects under £3,000).
(1) Walter Salwey Beale (1846-90), born 12 November and baptised at Old Windsor, 16 December 1846; an officer in the 70th Foot (Ensign, 1867; retired 1869); died unmarried, 29 November 1890; will proved 27 December 1890 (effects £6,163);(2) Gertrude Cecilia Beale (1847-49), born 9 October 1847; died young, 30 May and was buried at Old Windsor, 3 June 1849;(3) Gertrude Elizabeth Beale (1849-1908), born 4 July and baptised at Old Windsor, 1 August 1849; married, 28 August 1873 at Hopton Castle (Shrops), Lt-Col. Hamlin Charles Coddington (1848-1923), youngest son of Maj. Coddington, and had issue; died 1 October and was buried at Cheltenham, 5 October 1908; will proved 21 November 1908 (estate £5,170);(4) Lt-Col. Thomas Alfred Beale (1851-1910), born 24 June and baptised at Old Windsor, 21 July 1851; educated at Eton; an officer in the 64th Foot, 1872-97 (Sub-Lt., 1872; Lt., 1874; Capt., 1880; Maj., 1885; Lt-Col., 1892; retired, 1897); after his retirement lived in an hotel in Brighton (Sussex); died unmarried in Brighton, 3 January 1910; administration of goods granted to his sister Edith, 30 March 1910 (estate £12,152);(5) Constance Agnes Beale (1852-55), born about December 1852; died in infancy, 11 February 1855;(6) Frances Adelaide Beale (1854-88), born 25 September and baptised at Old Windsor, 20 October 1854; married, 7 August 1877 at Hopton Castle, Thomas de la Garde Grissell (1851-1915) of Redisham Hall (Suffk), son of Thomas Grissell of Norbury Park (Surrey), building contractor (and partner of Samuel Moreton Peto), and had issue four sons and one daughter; died 26 September 1888 and was buried at Mickleham (Surrey), 1 October 1888;(7) Edith Annie Beale (1857-1931), born 13 July and baptised at Old Windsor, 17 August 1857; married, 2 December 1884 at Clewer (Berks), as his second wife, Rev. Robert Paul Bent* (c.1826-95), vicar of Jacobstowe (Devon) and later vicar of Coln St. Denys (Glos) and rector of Hampnett (Glos), and had issue two sons; died 15 May 1931; will proved 10 July 1931 (estate £5,862);(8) Agnes Octavia Beale (1858-1932), born 12 September and baptised at Old Windsor, 16 October 1858; married, 2 June 1891 at Holy Trinity, Windsor, Capt. Charles Gabriel Perkins (1842-1908) of 5th Dragoon Guards, son of Gustave Gabriel (d. 1848), a Dutch language tutor, of Leeds (Yorks WR), and had issue one son and one daughter; died 21 August 1932; will proved 21 October 1932 (estate £2,177).
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