|Batten of Aldon and Upcerne|
|Fairlee House, Newport (Isle of Wight)|
Court House, Thornfalcon, Somerset
|Court House, Thornfalcon: entrance front|
Aldon House, Yeovil, Somerset
|Aldon House: cottage orné in Ninesprings valley in the mid 20th century.|
Upcerne House, Dorset
|Upcerne Manor: entrance front in 1939. Crown copyright, licenced under the Open Government Licence|
|Upcerne Manor: phased plan of the house published in 1952. Crown copyright, licenced under the Open Government Licence.|
A detailed description of the building in its original form was published in second edition of Hutchins' Dorset in 1813 and accords well with photographs of the house taken before alterations in about 1970. The north-west facing entrance front had a hall at the centre and two projecting gabled cross-wings to either side of a single-storey central porch. The windows were stone mullioned casements with four-centred arched lights and label moulds, of the type which continued to be fashionable in Dorset until much later than elsewhere. Hutchins mentions carved stonework and 'capitals of Gothic pillars' built into the walls, and suggested that much of the stone for the new house was reused from Cerne Abbey. This seems very likely, but none of the carved work can still be seen today. The left-hand cross-wing contained the kitchens and other offices, while the right-hand wing at the southern end of the house contained the family accommodation. There were two rooms on the ground floor with panelling and decorative plasterwork, while the finest room in the house was a great chamber which ran the full length of the wing on the first floor and had a coved ceiling with decorative plasterwork in the spandrels at either end depicting the Judgement of Solomon and the story of Abraham and Isaac. Almost certainly the room had a fine chimneypiece too, and there may have been simpler decorative plasterwork on the body of the ceiling, inviting a comparison with the great chamber of Herringston (Dorset), which was created at about the same time. Access to the chamber would have been by the 'Great Stair' which is mentioned by Hutchins, but the position of which is uncertain, since it was removed when the wing was drastically remodelled in about 1840.
|Upcerne Manor: garden front as remodelled c.1875-80, photographed c.1892.|
|Upcerne Manor: the entrance front in 2011. Image: Gareth Dawkins. Some rights reserved.|
Batten family of Alden and Upcerne
(1) John Batten; who inherited the Tuckerton estate from his father;(2) Robert Batten (c.1690-1773) (q.v.);(3) James Batten.
(1) Nathaniel Butler Batten (c.1713-85) (q.v.);(2) Elizabeth Batten (c.1714-1802), born about 1714; married, 1751, Peter Clark (d. 1772) of Exeter (Devon), merchant, and had issue two daughters; died 18 July, and was buried at the Mint Presbyterian Church, Exeter, 23 July 1802; will proved in the PCC, 25 August 1802.
(1.1) John Prigge Batten (1738-1809) (q.v.);(2.1) Nathaniel Batten (1743-1819), articled clerk to his father, 1762; admitted to Inner Temple, 1777; solicitor in Yeovil; lived at Kingston House, Yeovil and inherited the manor of Thornfalcon from his father; buried at Yeovil, 6 December 1819; will proved in the PCC, 25 May 1820;(2.2) Robert Batten (c.1745-1824), articled clerk to his father, 1758; solicitor in Hare Court, Inner Temple; a Unitarian in religion; inherited a moiety of the manor of Thornfalcon from his elder brother; said to have married Hannah, daughter of John Copeland of Peckham and Lingfield Lodge (Surrey), and had issue one daughter; buried at the Unitarian chapel, Yeovil, from which his remains were exhumed when the site was redeveloped in 1982-83; will proved in the PCC, 10 June 1825;(2.3) Edmund Batten (c.1748-1836), articled clerk to his father, 1772; solicitor in Yeovil; clerk to Yeovil Turnpike Trust; a Town Commissioner, 1830-36; banker (in partnership with Samuel Sparkes and Lazarus Baker, solicitors of Crewkerne and Chard, 1819-29 and then with his nephew, John Batten until his death in 1836); a Unitarian in religion; married, 24 April 1810 at Templecombe (Som.), Ann (1766-1845), daughter of Robert Chaffey of Stoke-sub-Hamdon (Som.) and widow of John Brine (d. 1804), but had no issue; probably built Hollands House, Yeovil, as his residence, and inherited a moiety of the manor of Thornfalcon from his brother Robert; lived latterly at Kingston House, Yeovil; died 4 January, and was buried at Yeovil, 14 January 1836; will proved in the PCC, 6 July 1836;(2.4) Susannah Batten (d. 1841); married, 11 July 1809 at Yeovil, as his second wife, Rev. Samuel Fawcett (1751-1835), the radical Unitarian minister of Yeovil, 1801-16, but had no issue; died Jan-Mar 1841; her will was proved in the PCC, 18 January 1843.
(1) Joanna Batten (c.1762-1828); mentioned as a beneficiary in the wills of her uncles Nathaniel and Robert Batten; married, 13 September 1790 at Whitechapel (Middx), Rev. John Burrow of Taunton, and had issue; buried at Yeovil, 29 November 1828;(2) Ann Batten (fl. 1829); mentioned as a beneficiary in the wills of her uncles Nathaniel and Robert Batten and her aunt Susannah; probably died unmarried;(3) Elizabeth Batten (fl. 1829); mentioned as a beneficiary in the wills of her uncles Nathaniel and Robert Batten and her aunt Susannah; probably died unmarried;(4) Harriet Batten (c.1771-1831), born about 1771; mentioned as a beneficiary in the wills of her uncles Nathaniel and Robert Batten and her aunt Susannah; married, 20 April 1795 in Whitechapel (Middx), as his second wife, William Pulham; died 9 June and was buried at Ilminster Presbyterian Chapel (Som.), 16 June 1831;(5) John Batten (c.1774-1854) (q.v.);(6) Sarah Batten (c.1774-1824), born about 1774; mentioned as a beneficiary in the will of her uncle Nathaniel Batten; lived at East Coker (Som.); died unmarried and was buried at Yeovil, 20 September 1824.
|John Batten (c.1774-1854)|
(1) Mary Anne Batten (c.1814-27), born about 1814; died aged 13 on 2 April and was buried at Yeovil, 10 April 1827;(2) John Batten (1815-1900) (q.v.);(3) Emily Batten (c.1816-53); married, 31 July 1849 at Yeovil (Som.), Thomas Bates (1810-82), barrister-at-law, of Lincoln's Inn, Aydon White House and Heddon-on-the-Wall (Northbld), and sometime Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and had issue one son; died 23 December, and was buried at Yeovil, 31 December 1853; administration of goods granted 22 July 1863 (effects under £20);(4) Edmund Batten (1817-97) [for whom see Batten (later Chisholm-Batten) of Thornfalcon below];(5) Herbert Butler Batten (1820-99) of Hollands, Yeovil (Som.), born 25 July 1820; JP and DL for Somerset and JP for Dorset; an officer in the 1st Somerset Militia (Capt.); married, 27 November 1858 at Stoke Trister (Som.), Elizabeth (1827-99), daughter of Rev. William Phelips of Cucklington (Som.) and sister of William Phelips of Montacute (Som.), and had issue (including Herbert Phelips Batten (1859-1918) of Lufton Manor, Yeovil, Somerset); died 9 January 1899 and was buried at Lufton (Som.); will proved 21 March 1899 (estate £91,536).
|John Batten (1815-1900)|
(1) Col. John Mount Batten (1843-1916) (q.v.);(2) Eleanor Harriet Batten (1844-1917), born 1844; married 1st, 29 July 1880 at Yeovil, as his second wife, Rev. Dr. Charles William Williams DD (1819-89), rector of Christchurch, Brondesbury (Middx) and headmaster of North London Collegiate School, son of Rev. Samuel Williams, and 2nd, 17 July 1890 (probably bigamously) at Windermere (Westmld), 'Charles Walter Baker Farquharson', a fraudster and serial bigamist who made a living by marrying women with private incomes and defrauding them; he abandoned her after receiving £1,500 and some jewellery, but was eventually tried and convicted for his crimes under the name Albert Charles Baker in 1896, and was sentenced to seven years in prison; she then reverted to the surname Williams; she died 16 February 1917 and administration of her goods was granted 2 August 1917 (estate £2,249);(3) Henry Butler Batten (1845-1912) (q.v.);(4) Emily Jane or Cicely Batten (b. 1847), birth registered as Emily Jane, Apr-June 1847, but probably the child baptised at Yeovil as Cicely Batten, 17 September 1847; apparently died in infancy;(5) Col. Herbert Cary George Batten (1849-1926) (q.v.);(6) Arthur John Batten (b. 1850), baptised at Yeovil, 13 May 1850; died in infancy and was buried at Yeovil, 18 May 1850;(7) Cecily Alice Batten (c.1851-1932), baptised at Preston Plucknett (Som.), 3 February 1852; educated at Missenden House School, Newchurch (IoW); married 1st, 12 June 1879 at Yeovil, Alexander Crawford (1831-87) of Leeds (Yorks WR), architect, son of Samuel Crawford, a Presbyterian minister, and had issue three daughters; married 2nd, 22 August 1895 at Abbots Leigh (Som.), Col. Walter John Tarte (1833-1918) of Wyke Regis (Dorset); died 20 January and was buried at Wyke Regis, 23 January 1932; her will was proved 8 July 1932 and 18 August 1933 (estate £17,229).
|Col. John Mount Batten (1843-1916) |
painted by his father-in-law, James Sant
(1.1) Grace Amy Margaret Batten (1874-1968), baptised at Upcerne, 3 November 1874; married, 6 January 1898 at St Mary Abbots, Kensington (Middx), Lt-Col. Edward George Troyte Bullock CMG TD DL JP (1862-1942) of Zeals House (Wilts), and had issue one son and three daughters; died aged 94 on 28 September 1968; will proved 21 January 1969 (estate £9,708);(1.2) John Henry Strode Batten (1875-1914), born 23 December 1875; educated at Rossall School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge (matriculated 1894; BA, 1898); JP for Dorset (from 1896); an officer in the King's Liverpool Regt. (2nd Lt., 1899; Lt., 1900; Capt., 1909), who served in the Boer War, where he was in the garrison at Ladysmith throughout the siege, and in the First World War; married, 21 July 1908 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster (Middx), Alberta Theresa (1880-1960) (who m2, 29 January 1916, at Christ Church, Mayfair, Westminster (Middx), Arthur Henry Addenbrooke Simcox (d. 1942) of the Indian Civil Service, son of Rev. Henry Kingdom Simcox, and had issue), daughter of Dr. Patrick Kavanagh MD, but had no issue; killed in action in the lifetime of his father, 26 October 1914; will proved 3 March 1915 (estate £896);(1.3) Nathaniel Prygge Batten (1881-1941) (q.v.);(1.4) Winifred Eleanor Sarah Batten (1882-1965) (q.v.);(1.5) Frances Maud Batten (1886-1951), born 16 October 1886 and baptised at Upcerne, 30 June 1887; married, 6 July 1908 at St Mary Abbots, Kensington, Capt. Francis John Langdon (1873-1948), son of John William Langdon of Clifton, merchant, and had issue one daughter; died 12 October 1951; will proved 17 December 1951 (estate £4,318);(1.6) Catherine Constance Mount Batten (1889-1934), born 10 August and baptised at Upcerne, 13 October 1889; died unmarried, 24 December 1934; administration of goods granted 25 May 1934 (estate £1,878).
|Henry Butler Batten (1845-1912)|
|Col. Herbert Cary George Batten (1849-1926)|
(1.1) Frances Eva Cary Batten (1881-1950), born 26 February and baptised at Up Cerne, 2 October 1881; an accomplished violin and viola player and a member of the Dorset Choral Association; married, 6 February 1907 at Abbots Leigh (Som.), Lt-Col. Richard Bright* (1872-1938) of Prince's Place, Ryme Intrinseca, youngest son of Gen. Sir Robert Bright GCB, and had issue one son and one daughter; died 8 February 1950; will proved 3 July 1950 (estate £20,157);(1.2) Lt-Col. John Beardmore Batten (1883-1955), born 30 March and baptised at Up Cerne, 5 June 1883; educated at Winchester; an officer in the Royal Fusiliers (2nd Lt., 1901; Capt., 1910; retired as Lt-Col., 1912) who served in the First World War as an officer (Maj.) in Special Reserve Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (wounded; mentioned in despatches) and in civil defence in the Second World War; awarded DSO, 1917; borough councillor for Pennington, Lymington (Hants), 1946-49; married 1st, 10 October 1910 (div. 1926), Mary Evelyn (d. 1962), daughter of John Locke of Kilbeggan (Co. Westmeath) and had issue one son; married 2nd, 17 August 1927, Eleanor Leslie (d. 1959), younger daughter of Canon William Gardner Melville, vicar of Stratford-on-Avon (Warks), and had issue one daughter; died 23 April 1955; will proved 18 July 1955 (estate £1,910);(1.3) Maj. Herbert Copeland Cary Batten (1884-1963) (q.v.).
(1.1) Frances Eleanor Daphne Batten (1915-2002), born 12 July 1915; served in Second World War with First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and Auxiliary Territorial Service; married, 8 May 1947, Brig. Anthony Crook MC MRCSE LRCP (1913-2005) of Colly Farm, Dottery, Bridport (Dorset) and had issue two daughters; died 17 October 2002; will proved 12 May 2003;(1.2) William Henry Batten (1926-2013) (q.v.).
(1) David Henry Cary Batten (b. 1952), born 3 March 1952; educated at Eton; married, Apr-Jun 1981, Sarah G. (b. 1953), daughter of Brig. John Gordon Bagnall MC OBE, but had no issue;(2) Tessa Mary Batten (b. 1953), born 22 October 1953; married, Jul-Sept 1976, John Garvie Mackenzie-Green (1953-2005) of Beaminster (Dorset), insurance company executive and farmer, son of Jack Green, and had issue two sons and one daughter;(3) Caroline Bridget Batten (b. 1955), born 13 July 1955; married, Oct-Dec 1978, Angus Handasyde Dick (b. 1954) of Ivybridge (Devon), and had issue two sons and one daughter;(4) Michael John Batten (b. 1960) of Ryme Intrinseca (Dorset), born 29 January 1960; married, Jul-Sept 1984, Joanna Patricia Winslade (b. 1961), and had issue two sons and one daughter.
Batten (later Chisholm-Batten) family of Thornfalcon
(1) Jemima Emily Batten (later Chisholm-Batten) (1844-82), baptised at St Mary, Bryanston Sq., London, 1 August 1844; died unmarried and was buried at Thornfalcon, 10 April 1882; administration of her goods granted to her father, 23 November 1882 (effects £230);(2) James Forbes Chisholm Batten (later Chisholm-Batten) (1847-1915) (q.v.);(3) Edith Ursula Batten (later Chisholm-Batten) (1849-1902), born 24 February and baptised at St Mary, Bryanston Sq., London, 5 June 1849; died unmarried and was buried at Thornfalcon, 5 December 1902; will proved 26 January 1903 (estate £4,267);(4) Admiral Alexander William Batten (later Chisholm-Batten) (1851-1925), born 28 September 1851; an officer in the Royal Navy (Lt., 1875; Cdr., 1886; Capt. 1893; retired 1903; Rear-Adm., 1905; Vice-Adm., 1909; Admiral, 1913; returned to active duty as a Capt., 1915); ADC to King Edward VII, 1904-05; appointed MVO, 1903 and DSO, 1917; in 1915 he was nearly drowned while attempting to rescue a man from a dock basin in Portsmouth; married, c.1887, Britannia Ellen (1861-1932), daughter of Nathaniel Wood of Knightsbridge (Middx), greengrocer, and had issue one son and two daughters; after retirement he lived in Edinburgh; died 2 November 1925; will confirmed in Edinburgh, 10 March 1926 (estate £3,062);(5) Sarah Annette Eliza Batten (later Chisholm-Batten) (1853-1920), baptised at Thornfalcon, 31 July 1853; died unmarried, 9 June 1920; will proved 4 September 1920 (estate £5,227);(6) Amye Fanny Batten (later Chisholm-Batten) (1856-1932), born 18 May 1856; died unmarried, 24 February 1932; will proved 12 April 1932 (estate £4,465);(7) An un-named son (1858-59), born 16 December 1858; died in infancy, 1 March 1859;(8) Lilias Mary Chisholm-Batten (1860-63), born 10 May 1860; died young and was buried at Thornfalcon, 6 June 1863;(9) Rose Jane Chisholm-Batten (1862-1931), born 18 May and baptised at Mortlake (Surrey), 28 June 1862; died unmarried, 23 November 1931; will proved 8 February 1932 (estate £7,148).
(1) James Utermark Chisholm-Batten (1884-1915), born 29 May 1884; an officer in 3rd Battalion, Dorset Regiment (2nd Lt., 1909; Lt., 1912); he was unmarried and without issue when he was killed in action, 30 September 1915; administration of goods granted to his mother, 5 September 1916 (estate £731);(2) Harry Copeland Chisholm-Batten (1885-86), born 21 October and baptised at Ambala, Bengal (India), 21 November 1885; died in infancy, Jan-Mar 1886;(3) Edmund Rodolphe Chisholm-Batten (1887-1982) (q.v.);(4) Maj. John de Havilland Chisholm-Batten (1889-1917), born 14 October 1889; educated at Winchester; an officer in the 58th Battalion, Royal Field Artillery (Maj.), who served in First World War; he was unmarried and without issue when he was killed in action, 7 August 1917; he was buried at Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Heuvelland (Belgium).
(1) Evelyn Anne Chisholm-Batten (1921-2019), born 21 July 1921; married, 29 August 1942, John Henry Cromwell-Bush, farmer in Kenya, elder son of Rev. Paul Cromwell-Bush, vicar of Queen Camel (Som.), and had issue two sons and two daughters; died aged 98 on 3 February 2019; will proved 30 May 2019;(2) Walter Rodolphe Chisholm-Batten (1923-2020), born 25 July 1923; educated at Marlborough and Edinburgh University (MD); an officer in the Royal Navy (Surgeon-Lt., 1954; ret. about 1962) and later physician in general practice (MRCS, LRCP); married 1st, 20 December 1946 at Thornfalcon (div. 1968), Jean Elizabeth (1927-89), younger daughter of Capt. George Henry Taberman of Harrow-on-the-Hill (Middx) and had issue two sons and two daughters; married 2nd, 2 November 1968, Shirley Elizabeth Innes, eldest daughter of Norman Dyson Innes Rycroft of The Grove, Thornton Hough (Ches.) and formerly wife of David P.S. Terry, and had further issue one son and one daughter; died aged 97 on 17 December 2020;(3) Robert Edmund Chisholm-Batten (1928-2008), born 7 June 1928; educated at Marlborough; he was unmarried and had no issue, but in 1955 was prosecuted and fined in a Dublin court for the seduction of Mrs. Leonard Hailey; died 23 September 2008 and was buried at Thornfalcon; his will was proved 24 November 2008.
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