|Bateman of Biddulph Grange|
Tolson Hall, Burneside, WestmorlandA two storey house with rubble walls, slate roofs, and an early core that was either built or greatly improved in 1637-39 for Thomas Tolson, a cloth and tobacco merchant, who exported Kendal cloth to the West Indies via London and imported tobacco in return. The main block with the eastern cross-wing is probably of this period, while the western cross-wing is a later rebuilding or addition.
|Tolson Hall: the Gothick gateway, 1750. Image: Jol Martyn-Clark|
In 1750 the house was remodelled in the Gothick style for John Bateman (d. 1783), and given sash windows with circles and ovals in the heads; at the same time a Gothick archway was erected on the roadside. A watercolour of about 1800 shows a symmetrical flat front between gabled wings. In 1814, James Bateman built an obelisk designed by George Webster of Kendal in the park to honour the younger Pitt ('the pilot that weathered the storm'); it was struck by lightning in 1822 but restored. The Batemans leased the estate out as early as 1810, and William Whitwell MP, who took on the lease in 1845 and was in residence until 1876, removed the Gothic battlements, raised the roofline, built the porch and the small gable above it, and added bargeboards to the gables. These changes were almost certainly designed by Webster too.
|Tolson Hall: the entrance front as remodelled in the late 1840s for William Whitwell MP. Image: Trevor Littlewood. Some rights reserved.|
|Tolson Hall: drawing of the two dated quarries recording the source |
of Thomas Tolson's money spent on building the house.
One shows three pipes, two plugs of tobacco and the inscription "God by this meanes hath sent, what I on this house have spent T.T. 1638"; while a second shows three piles of coins and the legend "All prayses be unto His name, that gave me meanes to build the same". Further quarries depict a female figure, probably Faith, the arms of France, England and Scotland, and those of families and organisations connected to the Tolsons.
Knypersley Hall, Biddulph, Staffordshire
|Knypersley Hall: watercolour by John Buckler, 1847, showing the Georgian house before its partial demolition. Image: William Salt Library.|
|Knypersley Hall: the Rococo ceiling in the drawing room.|
|Knypersley Hall: the Warder's Lodge built in the 1820s above Kynpersley Pool for John Bateman (1782-1858). |
Image: Brian Deegan. Some rights reserved.
Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire
|Biddulph Grange: the Italianate house built by the Batemans between 1845 and 1860, from the sale particulars of 1871.|
|Biddulph Grange: the main block of the house as rebuilt after 1897, showing the off-centre placing of the tower. |
Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Some rights reserved.
|Biddulph Grange: the rebuilt centre of the garden front and the earlier wings, framed by the archway of the Shelter House. |
Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Some rights reserved.
|Biddulph Grange: the staircase hall.|
|Biddulph Grange: the Dahlia Walk from the Shelter House. Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Biddulph Grange: the Chinese Temple. Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Biddulph Grange: the water buffalo and the dragon in 'China'. Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Biddulph Grange: the Cheshire Cottage facade at the end of the Pinetum walk. Image: Nicholas Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
Brightlingsea Hall, Essex
|Brightlingsea Hall: the house in recent years.|
Bateman family of Tolson Hall, Biddulph Grange and Brightlingsea Hall
(1) James Bateman (1748-1824) (q.v.);(2) Isabel Bateman (1751-69), baptised at Kendal, 17 August 1751; died unmarried and was buried at Kendal, 10 December 1769;(3) John Bateman (1754-1810), baptised at Kendal, 1 December 1754; inherited the Tolson Hall estate from his father in 1783; died unmarried, 1810.
(1) Elizabeth Bateman (1780-1854), baptised at Manchester Collegiate Church, 25 April 1780; married, 21 January 1802 at Manchester Collegiate Church, William Thorpe (d. by 1867) of Ardwick Grove, Manchester, cotton merchant, and had issue; died 19 March 1854;(2) Margaret Bateman (1781-1854), baptised at St Ann, Manchester, 23 March 1781; married, 7 October 1806 in Manchester Collegiate Church, Obadiah Paul Wathen (1783-1868) of Woodchester, clothier (bankrupt, 1838), fifth son of Sir Samuel Wathen of Stratford Park (Glos), and had issue four sons and four daughters; buried at Prestbury (Glos), 14 November 1854;(3) John Bateman (1782-1858) (q.v.);(4) James Bateman (1784-1800), baptised at St Ann, Manchester, 29 October 1784; said to have died young in Germany;(5) Susanna Bateman (1790-1828), baptised at St Mary, Manchester, 5 February 1790; married, 10 December 1817 at St John, Manchester, Richard Gould (1792-1868) of Willow Bank, Broughton, Salford (Lancs), third son of Richard Gould of Northaw (Herts), and had issue two daughters; died 14 May and was buried at Salford, 22 May 1828.
|John Bateman (1782-1858)|
(1) James Bateman (1811-97) (q.v.).
|James Bateman (1811-97)|
(1.1) John Bateman (1839-1910) (q.v.);(1.2) Rev. Rowland Bateman (1840-1916) (q.v.);(1.3) Robert Bateman (1842-1922) (q.v.);(1.4) Katharine Bateman (1849-1933), born 13 January and baptised at Biddulph, 18 April 1849; married 1st, 9 July 1868, Ulick Ralph Burke (1845-95), barrister-at-law, eldest son of Charles Granby Burke, Master of the Common Pleas in Ireland, and had issue one son* and three daughters; married 2nd, 11 November 1906, as his second wife, Rev. John Richard Baldwin (1828-1912) of Fareham (Hants); died 24 June 1933; will proved 17 August 1933 (estate £651).
|John Bateman (1839-1910)|
(1) Agnes Mary Bateman (1866-1957), baptised at Biddulph, 16 September 1866; married 1st, 31 July 1889 at Brightlingsea (div. 1906 on grounds of his adultery with Gertrude Mary Burden and desertion), Capt. Robert Maxwell D'Arcy Hildyard (1867-1907) (who m2, 1906, Gertrude Mary Burden) of Avranches (France); married 2nd, 4 December 1909 at St Clement Danes, London, William Henry Liddell (1874-1955), sailor, only son of William Henry Liddell of Wakering (Essex), engineer; died at St. Leonards-on-Sea (Sussex), 9 April 1957; will proved 23 May 1957 (estate £37,094).
|Rev. Rowland Bateman |
(1.1) John Melvill Bateman (1881-c.1935), born 25 May 1881; educated at King Edward VI School, Norwich and Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester; first went to Canada, 1897 and emigrated permanently in 1904, settling in Saskatchewan and later at Battle River, Alberta and Dauphin, Manitoba; railway worker; he and his family took Canadian nationality; married, 20 August 1904, Margaret Anne (b. 1885; fl. 1937), second daughter of Capt. Francis Motley of Calcutta (India), and had issue one son and four daughters; died about 1935;(1.2) Ernest Wigram Bateman (b. & d. 1884), born 16 January 1884; died in infancy, 22 January 1884;(1.3) Mary Sibylla Bateman (1885-1957), baptised at St Paul, Kensington (Middx), 6 March 1885; educated privately at Eastbourne; died unmarried in London 1 April, and was buried at Brightlingsea, 29 April 1957; will proved 31 July 1957 (estate £5,304);(1.4) Robert Egerton Bateman (1888-95), born in India, 8 May and baptised at Dharmsala (India), 17 June 1888; died young, at Brightlingsea, 27 June 1895.
(X1) Henry Ulick Burke (1873-1960), born ten years before the marriage of his parents, 10 December 1873; his birth was apparently carefully concealed by both his parents' families, and he was probably taken, immediately after birth, out to India, where he was produced as the new-born child of his uncle, Ulick Burke; he was then raised primarily by his uncle Rowland, who was a missionary in the same area; as a teenager, he was rejected by his ostensible father and sent penniless to Canada; after an adventurous life in Canada, the USA (where he was employed by 'Buffalo Bill' Cody) and Peru, he returned to England in 1904 and it is suggested that only then was he apprised of his real parentage, although it was never publicly acknowledged; subsequently his natural parents quietly provided him with support and assistance, perhaps helping secure his appointment as the manager of a tobacco factory in Bristol, moving to live near him, and making him the principal beneficiary of their wills; he married, 4 November 1902, Rose Ellen Marian Antoinette Uvedale (1876-1931), daughter of Capt. Uvedale Edward Parry Parry-Okeden of Turnworth House (Dorset), and had issue two sons and one daughter; died 2 December 1960; will proved 13 March 1961 (estate £102,768).
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Can you help?
- Can anyone provide fuller information about the 20th century ownership of Knypersley Hall or Brightlingsea Hall?
- If anyone knows of other views of Biddulph Grange before the 1896 fire, especially any views of the entrance front, I would be very interested to see them.
- Can anyone throw more light on the early genealogy of the Bateman family or the nature of the property at Strickland Kettle before their purchase of Tolson Hall?
- I should be most grateful if anyone can provide photographs or portraits of people whose names appear in bold above, and who are not already illustrated.
- Any additions or corrections to the text above will be gratefully received and incorporated.