|Behrens of Swinton Grange|
|The Oaks, Fallowfield, Manchester|
|The Acorns, Fallowfield, Manchester: long gallery, 1909.|
Swinton Grange, Swinton, Malton, Yorks (NR)
|Swinton Grange: block plan of the original |
farmhouse in 1854 from 1st edn. 6" plan.
|Swinton Grange: engraving of the new house from The Studio, 1904.|
|Swinton Grange: view along the terrace of the house before partial demolition in 1953. Image: Victoria County History/Historic England|
|Swinton Grange: the garden front of the reduced house after restoration to a private residence, 2022.|
|Swinton Grange: the entrance front of the reduced house in 2022.|
Behrens family of Swinton Grange
(1) Sampson Lucas Behrens (1816-76), born 4 April 1816; merchant; married 1st, 25 January 1843, Justina Rachel (1822-54), daughter of Benjamin Cohen (1789-1867) of Asgill House, Richmond (Surrey), and had issue three sons and two daughters; married 2nd, 1854, Barbara Louise (1820-1906), daughter of William Wake (1779-1867), and had further issue four sons and one daughter; in 1856 he lived at Cheltenham and defaulted on his debts, fleeing to Boulogne (France); died at Bruges (Belgium), 19 December 1876; administration granted 12 May 1906 (effects £2,026)(2) Frederica Behrens (1818-99), born 28 October 1818; married, 1838, Henry Micholls and had issue two sons and three daughters; died 24 December and was buried at Hoop Lane Jewish Cemetery, Golders Green (Middx), 27 December 1899; will proved 30 January 1900 (estate £16,241);(3) Georgina Behrens (1823-71), born 23 April 1823; died unmarried, 20 May 1871; will proved 21 June 1871 (estate under £8,000);(4) Horatio Behrens (1824-80), born 19 October 1824; merchant in Manchester; seriously injured by a fall from a runaway horse, 1854; died unmarried, 12 November 1880; will proved 11 December 1880 (effects under £200,000);(5) Charles Behrens (c.1825-49), born about 1825; died unmarried, Oct-Dec 1849;(6) Emma Behrens (c.1826-56), born about 1826; died unmarried; will proved 9 October 1856;(7) Julius Behrens (1827-88), born 15 June 1827; merchant in Manchester; died unmarried, 21 October 1888; will proved 31 December 1888 (estate £420,317);(8) Hannah Behrens (1829-1904), born 16 October 1829; died unmarried and was buried at the Old Hebrew Congregation Burial Ground, Prestwich, 10 January 1904;(9) Adolph Behrens (1833-96), born 24 June 1833; banker; a classical music enthusiast; lived for the last eighteen years of his life in a suite at the Star & Garter Hotel, Richmond (Surrey); died unmarried, 16 March and was buried at the Old Hebrew Congregation Burial Ground, Prestwich, 20 March 1896; will proved 27 May 1896 (effects £86,870, of which he left the German composer Johannes Brahms £1,000 despite never having met or corresponded with him);(10) Lionel Behrens (1835-54); died unmarried, Oct-Dec 1854;(11) Edward Behrens (1837-1905) (q.v.);(12) Francis alias Frank Behrens (1839-1902); merchant in Manchester; lived latterly at Worleston Grange, Nantwich (Ches.), and died there, 4 March 1902; will proved 12 April 1902 (estate £532,320).
|Edward Behrens (1837-1905)|
(1) Walter Lionel Behrens (1861-1913), born 15 July 1861; shipping merchant with S.L. Behrens & Co. of Manchester; a major collector of Japanese works of art, especially netsuke; lived at The Oaks and later at The Acorns, Fallowfield, Manchester, which he purchased after the gift of The Oaks to Manchester University and remodelled to the designs of Percy S. Worthington; a Conservative in politics but he was not active in public affairs; died unmarried at Chorlton-on-Medlock after an operation for appendicitis, 15 February, and was cremated at Manchester Crematorium, 17 February 1913; will proved 1 July 1913 (estate £122,401);(2) Annie Juliana Behrens (1862-1945), born 31 August 1862; died unmarried, 23 July 1945; will proved 8 January 1946 (estate £14,448);(3) Oliver Philip Behrens (1863-1953), born 21 August 1863; educated at Rugby, 1877-79, Owens College, Manchester, and Oriel College, Oxford (matriculated 1882; BA 1885); merchant in Manchester (retired about 1930); lived at Worleston Grange, Nantwich (Ches.) and in retirement at 22 Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells (Kent); a collector of sporting prints and drawings; married 1st, 21 July 1901, Cecilia Esther (1865-1948), daughter of Simon Waley Waley (1827-75), and had issue a stillborn son; married 2nd, 11 January 1949 at Caxton Hall Registry Office, Westminster (Middx), Agnes Octavia (1907-98) (who m2, 27 May 1957 at York Minster (div. 1974), George Spink Waldo (1927-89), philologist), youngest daughter of John Tatham Ware of York, but had no issue; died 15 March and was buried at Hoop Lane Cemetery, Golders Green (Middx), 17 March 1953; administration granted to the official solicitor of the Supreme Court (effects £Nil);(4) George Benjamin Behrens (1864-1931), born 4 December 1864; educated at Wellington and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (matriculated 1883; BA 1885); textile manufacturer with Daniel Lee & Co. of Manchester; an officer in the Volunteer Battn of the Manchester Regiment (2nd Lt., 1900); lived at 6 St Peter's Sq., Manchester and later at Vron-yw, Denbigh (Denbighs.); High Sheriff of Denbighshire, 1917-18; married, 7 August 1890 at Llansawel (Carmarthens), Helen Elizabeth (1866-1956), daughter of John Morgan Davies of Froodvale (Carmarthens) and had issue two sons and two daughters; buried at Llangwyfan (Denbighs), 9 March 1931; will proved 16 April 1931 (estate £8,240);(5) Helen Alice Behrens (1866-1904), born 24 May 1866; died unmarried, 10 September 1904; administration of goods granted 5 November 1904 (estate £17,202);(6) Kate Behrens (1867-1916), born 30 June 1867; married, 11 May 1907, Henry Oliver Hope (1880-1949) (who m2, Eva Beaujolois (1882-1951), daughter of Edward Guy Selby‑Smith (1851-1904)) of Banwell Castle (Som.), farmer, son of Henry John Hope, but had no issue; died 17 April 1916; will proved 3 June 1916 (estate £11,602);(7) Richard Gompertz Behrens (1869-1945?), of London, born 21 July 1869; a collector of English pictures who dispersed his collection at auction in 1909; married, 30 December 1913, Margaret Elizabeth (1885-1968), daughter of Sir James Inglis Davidson, kt., of Saughton Mains, Edinburgh (Midlothian), and had issue one daughter; said to have died in 1945, perhaps at Mentone (France);(8) Clive Behrens (1871-1935) (q.v.);(9) Harold Lucas Behrens (1874-1952), of Oakhurst, Mobberley (Ches.), born 29 March 1874; educated at Rugby, 1888-92; engineer and inventor; a member of the Court of Governors of Owens College and, from 1934, of the University of Manchester, and also of the Council of the University; married, 8 November 1898 at West London Synagogue, Ethel Rose (1876-1934), daughter of David Lionel Beddington (1848-1915), of London, and had issue three sons and one daughter; died 30 January 1952 and was buried in Southern Cemetery, Chorlton-cum-Hardy (Lancs); will proved 23 July 1952 (estate £351);(10) Noel Edward Behrens (1878-1967), of Bailey Hill, Denham (Bucks), born 16 March 1878; educated at Rugby, 1892-97 (head of school) and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA 1908); joined civil service and was a Commissioner of Customs & Excise, 1914-21; later had a career in banking; married, 22 July 1903 at St Mary Abbots, Kensington (Middx), Catherine Vivien (1880-1961), fourth daughter of Sir Cecil Allen Coward (1845-1938), kt., lawyer, and had issue one son and one daughter; died 8 January 1967; will proved 9 March 1967 (estate £145,457).
|Maj. Clive Behrens (1871-1935)|
(1) Peggy Abigail Behrens (1900-47), born 21 December 1900; married, 9 July 1924 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster (Middx), Peter Edward Clement Harris (1898-1976) (who m2, Jan-Mar 1950 (div. 1958), Hope Jessie (1910-81), gown saleswoman, daughter of Sydney Griffin of Staines (Middx) and formerly wife of Geoffrey Garrington Hill (1906-75) and Brian Harry George Halford (1906-89), and 3rd, 6 April 1959, Margaret Rosalind Lindley (1907-2005), daughter of Sir Edward Paulet Stracey (1871-1949), 7th bt.), son of Sir Austin Harris (1870-1958), kt. of Pittleworth Manor (Sussex), banker, and had issue one son; died 25 October 1947; will proved 24 March 1948 (estate £118,215);(2) John Nathaniel Behrens (1903-35), born 6 September 1903; educated at Rugby and Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA 1925); joined diplomatic service, 1928 (third secretary in Belgrade (Serbia), 1929-32 and Peking (China), 1932-33; second secretary in Peking 1933-35); died unmarried of blood poisoning, 21 June 1935; administration of goods granted to his mother, 6 January 1936 (estate £77,826);(3) William Edward Boaz Behrens (1908-89) (q.v.).
(1.1) Gerald Michael Behrens (1934-2018), born 16 August 1934; educated at Eton and Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester; married, 17 May 1957, Mirielle Donaldine (b. 1936), daughter of Dr Donald McCormick of Malton (Yorks NR) and had issue two sons and two daughters; died 2 April 2018; will proved 17 December 2018;(2.1) Sarah-Jane Peggy Behrens (b. 1947), born 18 August 1947; married, Apr-Jun 1982, John Gerald Voelcker (1938-2021), son of Eric Voelcker FRSC, and had issue two sons;(2.2) Clive Owen John Behrens (b. 1948), of Birstwith House (Yorks WR), born 14 September 1948; educated at Eton, Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1969) and Grays Inn (called 1972); barrister-at-law, in private practice until 1996; recorder, 1992-96; circuit judge, 1996-2016; married, 1974, Clemency Anne Susan MA (b. 1949), daughter of Cdr. Terence Butler RN and had issue one son and one daughter;(2.3) Anthony William Behrens (1950-2021), born 25 August 1950; educated at Stowe; a member of the London Stock Exchange, 1978; Fellow of the Securities Institute; a member of the Worshipful Company of Coopers in the City of London; married, 1974, Lindsey Margaret SRN, daughter of (Peter) Roy Spendlove CVO and had issue two sons and one daughter; died 8 May 2021; will proved 5 November 2021;(2.4) James Nicholas Edward Behrens (b. 1956), born 22 December 1956; educated at Eton, Trinity College, Cambridge (MA 1982), Middle Temple (called 1979) and University of Wales (LLM 1996; PhD 2002); barrister-at-law and chartered arbitrator; Chancellor of the Dioceses of Leicester, 2002-11 and Bristol, 2004-11; a member of the Bar Council, 1992-94; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; married, 6 September 1986 at Sonning (Berks), Sally Templeton, daughter of Michael Templeton Brett of Harpsden Hill House (Oxon), and had issue one son and two daughters.
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