|Proctor-Beauchamp of Langley Park|
White Hall, Tottenham, Middlesex
|White Hall, Tottenham: the mid 18th century mansion, here attributed to John Sanderson, built for Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor in the 1750s.|
Descent: John Croke (d. 1477); to son, John Croke... William Dalby; to son, Lionel Dalby, who sold c.1610 to Sir Edward Barkham (c.1551-1634), kt.; to younger son, Sir Robert Barkham (c.1598-1661), kt.; sold after his death to his brother, Sir Edward Barkham (c.1595-1667), 1st bt.; to younger son, Sir William Barkham (1639-94), 3rd bt; to daughters, who sold to Ephraim Beauchamp (d. 1728); to grandson, William Beauchamp (from 1744 Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor (1722-73), 1st bt.); to son, George Beauchamp-Proctor (1759-1838), who sold 1789 to his brother, Sir Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor (1756-1827), 2nd bt.; sold 1790 to Mr. Abrahams, tanner; sold c.1810 to Mr. Andrews; sold to Henry Hunt; sold to William May Simmonds; sold 1827 to Charles Soames (fl. 1843); demolished by 1863.
Langley Park, Norfolk
|Langley Park: detail of a painting by John Wootton dated 1749 showing the house and pavilion wings before the addition of the towers. |
Image: Norwich Castle Museum.
|Langley Park: view of the house by an anonymous artist, c.1770, showing the house after the addition of the towers |
and the commencement of landscaping works. Image: Roger Last.
|Langley Park: drawing by John Sanderson for suggested improvements to the entrance front. |
The tower design on the right-hand side of the sheet is close to what was built. Image: Yale Center for British Art Public Domain image.
|Langley Park: entrance front in 1995. Image: Nick Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
The result of this complex evolution is a house which is Palladian in overall feel, although the proportions and details feel earlier on closer inspection. The banded Doric pilasters carrying an entablature that is only complete over the pilaster capitals, the proportions of the main elevations, which have ground and first floors of equal height, and the attic storey above the entablature, all derive from the early 18th century idiom epitomized by Buckingham House, London.
|Langley Park: ground floor plan of the house dated 1830, showing that the wings had then already been rebuilt in their current four-bay form.|
|Langley Park: detail of entrance hall ceiling. Image: Nick Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Langley Park: saloon, 1995. Image: Nick Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Langley Park: panel of the battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs over the saloon chimneypiece. Image: Nick Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Langley Park: stucco panel of Diana and Actaeon on the library ceiling. Image: Nick Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Langley Park: the ballroom ceiling. Image: Nick Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Langley Park: ceiling of first-floor room with singerie decoration by Adrien de Clermont. Image: Nick Kingsley. Some rights reserved.|
|Langley Park: landscaping scheme by Capability Brown, 1765, which was only partially executed. Image: Langley School.|
|Langley Park: Chedgrave Road lodge, by Sir John Soane, 1790. Image: Evelyn Simak. Some rights reserved.|
|Langley Park: Thurton lodges by Sir John Soane, 1784.|
Beauchamp (later Beauchamp-Proctor and Proctor-Beauchamp) of Langley Park, baronets
(1.1) Thomas Beauchamp (c.1687-1724) (q.v.);
(1.2) Edward Beauchamp (b. 1689), baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Old Fish St.. London, 12 June 1689; probably died young;(1.3) Ephraim Beauchamp (1691-92), baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Old Fish St., London, 17 March 1690/1; died in infancy and was buried at the same church, 12 September 1692;(1.4) Ephraim Beauchamp (1692-1704), baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Old Fish St., London, 8 September 1692; died young and was buried at Tottenham, 27 April 1704;(1.5) Ann Beauchamp (b. 1693), baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Old Fish St., London, 11 October 1693; probably died young;(1.6) Thomas Beauchamp (b. 1695), baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Old Fish St., London, 1 January 1685/6; probably died young;(1.7) Elizabeth Beauchamp (b. & d. 1697), baptised 2 December 1697; died in infancy, 5 December 1697;(2.1) Mary Beauchamp (b. 1701), baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Old Fish St., London, 10 April 1701; died young and is said to have been buried at Tottenham;(2.2) Elizabeth Beauchamp (b. 1702), baptised at St Mary Magdalene, Old Fish St., London, 3 January 1702/3; probably died young;(3.1) Letitia Beauchamp (1708-13), baptised at Tottenham, 30 October 1708; died young and was buried at Tottenham, 21 March 1712/3.
(1) Letitia Beauchamp (b. 1720), baptised at Tottenham, 18 March 1719/20;(2) Sir William Beauchamp (later Beauchamp-Proctor) (1722-73), 1st bt. (q.v.);(3) Mary Beauchamp (1723-34), baptised at Tottenham, 29 May 1723; died young and was buried at Tottenham, 20 July 1734;(4) Anne/Jane Beauchamp (d. 1740), buried at Tottenham, 24 September 1740.
|Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor, 1st bt.|
(1.1) Christopher Beauchamp-Proctor (b. 1746), born 11 August and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 26 August 1746; died young;(1.2) Jane Beauchamp-Proctor (1747-52), born 28 September and was baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 26 October 1747; died young and was buried at the same church, 10 May 1752;(1.3) Anne Beauchamp-Proctor (1749-1813), born 8 August and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 5 September 1749; married, 29 January 1778 at St Marylebone (Middx), Sir Edmund Bacon (1749-1820), 8th & 9th bt., and had issue three sons and two daughters; died 26 August 1813 and was buried at Raveningham (Norfk), 3 September 1813;(1.4) Mary Beauchamp-Proctor (b. 1750), born 17 January and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 22 February 1750; died young;(1.5) Sir Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor (1756-1827), 2nd bt. (q.v.);(1.6) Frances Beauchamp-Proctor (1757-1836), baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 19 December 1757; married, 25 January 1778 at St Marylebone (Middx), John Custance (1749-1822) of Weston House (Norfk), and had issue seven sons and four daughters; died 10 April and was buried at Weston Longville (Norfk), 21 April 1836;(1.7) George Beauchamp-Proctor (1759-1838), born 27 January and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 24 February 1759; inherited White Hall, Tottenham, from his father in 1773 but sold it to his elder brother in 1789; married, 20 October 1789 at Hurst (Berks), Charlotte (1758-1832), eldest daughter of Robert Palmer of Holme Park, Sonning (Berks); buried at Langley, 18 May 1838; will proved in the PCC, 23 June 1838;(1.8) Mary Beauchamp-Proctor (1760-76), born 24 March and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 21 April 1760; died in London, 17 June, and was buried at Tottenham (Middx), 24 June 1776;(2.1) Letitia Beauchamp-Proctor (1763-80), baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 20 March 1763; died unmarried and was buried at the same church, 25 March 1780;(2.2) Henrietta Beauchamp-Proctor (b. & d. 1764), baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 19 December 1764; died in infancy and was buried at the same church, 21 December 1764;(2.3) William Henry Beauchamp-Proctor (1769-1806), of Forthampton (Glos), born 9 April and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 8 May 1769; married, 21 June 1790 at Cumnor (Berks), Frances Mary (c.1771-1844), daughter and co-heir of Rev. William Davie, and had issue six sons and three daughters; died unmarried, 9 May 1806;(2.4) Christopher Beauchamp(-Proctor) (1771-1844), born 13 September and baptised at Langley, 6 October 1771; educated at Queens' College, Cambridge (matriculated 1790; BCL 1798); an officer in the Cambridgeshire Militia (Capt., 1807); did not use the second part of his surname; died unmarried at Ely, 21 February 1844;(2.5) Sidney Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor (b. 1774), born posthumously and baptised at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, 18 February 1774; probably died in infancy and in any case before 1798.
|Sir Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor, 2nd bt.|
(1) Mary Beauchamp-Proctor (1779-1854), born 21 October and baptised at St James, Piccadilly, Westminster (Middx), 19 November 1779; married, 12 May 1800 at Langley, Rev. Henry Charles Hobart (1773-1844), rector of Bere Ferrers (Devon), 1798-1823, vicar of Kempley (Glos), 1821-38 and Canon of Hereford Cathedral, 1819-44, son of Hon. Henry Hobart (1738-99), and had issue two sons; buried at Langley, 11 May 1854;(2) Admiral Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor (1781-1861), 3rd bt. (q.v.);(3) Harriet Beauchamp-Proctor (1782-1868), born 22 October and baptised at Langley, 17 November 1782; married, 25 June 1803 at St Marylebone (Middx), Christopher Thomas Tower (1775-1867) of Weald Hall (Essex) and had issue four sons and four daughters; died 19 February 1868; administration of goods granted 7 April 1868 (effects under £2,000);(4) Thomas Beauchamp-Proctor (1784-89), baptised at Langley, 8 February 1784; died young and was buried at Langley, 21 June 1789;(5) George Edward Beauchamp-Proctor (1785-1868), born 23 July and baptised at Langley, 14 August 1785; JP for Berkshire; he lived at The Priory, Beech Hill (Berks) and later at Thetford (Norfk); married 1st, 2 August 1808 at Stratfield Saye, Louisa Ellen (1790-1848), only daughter of Robert William Halhed (d. 1836) of The Priory, Beech Hill, and had issue two sons and three daughters; married 2nd, 25 April 1855 at St John, Paddington (Middx), Elizabeth (1825-1918), daughter of Frederick Chapman esq.; died 21 December and was buried at Langley, 29 December 1868; will proved 6 March 1869 (estate under £30,000);(6) Capt. Robert Beauchamp-Proctor (1787-1813), born 1 April and baptised at Langley, 4 May 1787; an officer in the Madras Horse Artillery (Cadet, 1801; Lt., 1804; Capt. 1810); died unmarried at Bangalore (India), 23 May 1813;(7) Rev. Thomas William Henry Beauchamp(-Proctor) (1790-1863), baptised at Langley, 21 June 1790; educated at Christ's College, Cambridge (matriculated 1809; BA 1813; MA 1820); ordained deacon, 1813 and priest, 1814; rector of Buckenham with Hassingham (Norfk), 1814-63 and of Chedgrave with Langley, 1817-38; and Carlton St. Peter with Ashby (Norfk), 1838-63; dropped the additional name Proctor in later life; died unmarried, 9 May and was buried at Buckenham, 14 May 1863; will proved 9 July 1863 (effects under £7,000);(8) Amelia Beauchamp-Proctor (1791-1874), born 28 August and baptised at Langley, 5 September 1791; married, 23 December 1815 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster (Middx), the Hon. & Rev. Armine Wodehouse (1776-1853), son of John Wodehouse, 1st Baron Wodehouse of Kimberley Hall (Norfk), but had no issue; lived latterly in Bath (Som.); died 24 November and was buried at Bathwick (Som.), 1 December 1874;(9) Col. Richard Beauchamp(-Proctor) (1793-1850), born 30 January 1793 and baptised at Langley, 7 March 1793; an officer in the army (Cornet, 1811; Lt. 1812; Capt. 1820; Maj., 1825; Lt-Col. 1828; Col., 1841; retired on half-pay, 1832); like his elder brother, in 1811 he dropped the additional name Proctor; married, 4 October 1828 at Horsham (Sussex), Sophia Dorothea (c.1796-1878), youngest daughter of Benjamin Ball esq. of Dublin, and had issue two sons and one daughter; committed suicide in Dublin, 11 April 1850; will proved in the PCC, 7 May 1851.
(1) Mary Anne Beauchamp-Proctor (1813-83), baptised at Springfield (Essex), 17 April 1813; married, 18 October 1843 at Langley, John Jocelyn Ffoulkes (1813-98), of Eriviatt (Denbighs.), son of Lt-Col. John Powell Ffoulkes, and had issue seven daughters; died in Switzerland, 27 April 1883;(2) Harriet Elizabeth Beauchamp-Proctor (1814-93), born 23 April and baptised at Brome, 24 April 1814; married, 3 November 1840 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster (Middx), Prideaux Selby (1810-72), barrister-at-law, of Swansfield and Paston, Kirk Newton (Northbld), son of Prideaux Selby, and had issue four sons and five daughters; admitted to Wyke House Private Lunatic Asylum, Isleworth (Middx), 1890; died 23 April and was buried at Brompton Cemetery (Middx), 26 April 1893;(3) Sir Thomas William Brograve Beauchamp-Proctor (later Proctor-Beauchamp) (1815-74), 4th bt. (q.v.);(4) Julia Beauchamp-Proctor (1816-28), baptised at Brome, 25 September 1816; died young and was buried at Langley, 9 October 1828;(5) Rev. William Henry Beauchamp-Proctor (later Beauchamp) (1818-53), born 16 March and baptised at Brome (Norfk), 20 March 1818; educated at Eton and Christ's College, Cambridge (matriculated 1837; BA 1841; MA 1844); ordained priest, 1842; rector of Chedgrave and perpetual curate of Langley (Norfk), 1843-53; married, 31 December 1845 at St Martin, Stamford Baron (Lincs), Augusta (1815-87), daughter of Dr. Thomas Graham Arnold MD of Stamford (Lincs) and had issue three sons (of whom the second was created a baronet as Sir Edward Beauchamp, 1st bt. of Grosvenor Place) and two daughters; accidentally killed by a fall from his carriage, 19 March 1853; will proved in the PCC, 22 July 1853;(6) Robert Beauchamp-Proctor (1819-89), born 16 October and baptised at Brome, 17 October 1819; said to have been briefly an officer in the Royal Navy (Lt.); emigrated to New Zealand about 1839 and is credited with introducing Merino sheep to that country; failing to prosper he twice returned to England and was shipwrecked on both voyages; he then established a cattle ranch at Whittlesea, Victoria (Australia) before moving to Tasmania in the 1850s, where he established a fruit farm at Launceston in about 1861; he was a noted amateur artist, known for his depictions of rural scenes in the Antipodes; married, 14 June 1854 at St Peter, Wellington (NZ), Elizabeth Beatrice (1837-1918), daughter of Henry Symons MD and had issue eight sons and two daughters; died at Rosevears, Tasmania (Australia), 12 October and was buried at Charles St. Cemetery, Launceston, 15 October 1889;(7) Emma Beauchamp-Proctor (1821-27), baptised at Brome (Norfk), 2 September 1821; died young and was buried in Paris (France), 8 February 1827;(8) Caroline Beauchamp-Proctor (1824-1911), born 2 January and baptised at Sprowston (Norfk), 4 January 1824; married, 18 March 1852 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, Capt. Henry Spencer Waddington (1816-95), eldest son of Henry Spencer Waddington MP of Cavenham (Suffk), and had issue five sons and seven daughters; died 25 June 1911 and was buried at Cavenham; will proved 9 August 1911 (estate £5,703);(9) Jane Frances Beauchamp-Proctor (1825-1910), born 24 April and baptised at Sprowston (Norfk), 26 April 1825; married, 31 May 1854 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster, Rev. Henry Alfred Barrett (1813-95), rector of Chedgrave (Norfk) 1853-95, and had issue four sons and one daughter; died 31 January 1910 and was buried at Chedgrave; will proved 24 March 1910 (estate £16,212).
(1) Sir Reginald William Proctor-Beauchamp (1853-1912), 5th bt. (q.v.);(2) Ida Caroline Proctor-Beauchamp (1854-1951), born 11 May and baptised at All Souls, Langham Place, 7 August 1854; married, 6 October 1891 at St Paul, Onslow Sq., South Kensington (Middx), as his second wife, Col. Robert Henry Curzon Holden (later Drury-Lowe) (1831-1907), third son of William Drury Holden (later Lowe) of Denby and Locko Park (Derbys); died aged 97 on 12 December 1951; will proved 16 February 1952 (estate £7,209);(3) Granville Pelham Proctor-Beauchamp (1855-89), born 20 August and baptised at Holy Trinity, Marylebone (Middx), 5 November 1855; acted as land agent to his elder brother until he emigrated to California in the 1880s; died unmarried at Santa Monica, California (USA), 9 December 1889; will proved 29 April 1890 (effects £321);(4) Sir Horace George Proctor-Beauchamp (1856-1915), 6th bt., born 3 November and baptised at St Marylebone (Middx), 31 December 1856; an officer in the 5th battalion, Norfolk Regiment (Sub-Lt., 1876; Lt., 1878; Capt., 1884; Maj., 1893; Lt-Col. and Br. Col., 1899) who served in the Sudan Campaign (mentioned in despatches), the Boer War (CB, 1902; mentioned in despatches) and the First World War; succeeded his elder brother as 6th baronet, 10 November 1912; married, 15 November 1892 at Burton (Hants) (div. 1915 on the grounds of her adultery with Capt. Harry Francis Darell (1872-1934), son of Edward Darell of Fretherne (Glos), whom she subsequently married), Florence (1873-1931), daughter of H.M. Leavitt of New York (USA), but had no issue; killed in action at the Battle of Suvla Bay, 12 August 1915, the day after his divorce was made absolute in London; will proved 18 September 1915 (estate £7,904);(5) twin, Hilda Proctor-Beauchamp (1858-1921), born 15 November 1858 and baptised at St Marylebone, 14 January 1859; married, 10 December 1884 at Holy Trinity, Brompton (Middx), Sir (John Edward) Kynaston Studd (1858-1944), 1st bt., a well-known amateur cricketer who became Lord Mayor of London in 1928-29 (and who m2, 18 June 1924, Princess Alexandra (1879-1974), daughter of Prince Paul Hermann von Lieven (1821-81)), and had issue four sons and one daughter; died 22 April 1921; will proved 18 October 1921 (estate £3,307);(6) twin, Constance Proctor-Beauchamp (1858-1941), born 15 November 1858 and baptised at St Marylebone, 14 January 1859; married 1st, 30 July 1889 at Holy Trinity, Brompton (Middx), as his second wife, William Douglas Robinson-Douglas (c.1851-1921) of Orchardton House, Castle Douglas (Kirkcudbrights.), son of Rev. George Robinson-Douglas, and 2nd, 13 May 1926 at Auchencairn (Kirkcudbrights.), William Jardine Herries Maxwell OBE (1852-1933) of Munches, son of Wellwood Herries Maxwell, but had no issue; died 4 June 1941;(7) Rev. Sir Montagu Harry Proctor-Beauchamp (1860-1939), 7th bt., born 19 April and baptised at Holy Trinity, St. Marylebone, 1860; educated at Repton and Trinity College, Cambridge (MA); missionary in Western China, 1885-1910; vicar of Monkton Combe, 1914-18; Principal Chaplain to Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 1916 and Chaplain to North Russian Expeditionary Force, 1919; Hon. Chaplain to the Forces, 1921; deputation secretary for China Inland Mission, 1919-39; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Empire Society; succeeded his elder brother as 7th bt., 12 August 1915; an enthusiastic cyclist; he lived latterly (when in England) at Ebley Court, Stroud (Glos); married, 20 April 1892, Florence (1869-1955), daughter of Robert Barclay of Reigate (Surrey) and had issue four sons (from whom descend the subsequent and current baronets) and one daughter; died at Paoning, Szechuan (China), 26 October 1939; will proved 20 June 1940 (estate £11,792);(8) Maud Proctor-Beauchamp (1864-1956), born 19 January and baptised at Langley, 1 May 1864; married, 7 May 1889 at St Mary Abbotts, Kensington (Middx), Rev. William Thomas Baring Hayter (1858-1935), Dean of Gibraltar, 1913-20 and Master of the Charterhouse and Chaplain to the Order of St. John, 1927-35, third son of Harrison Hayter (1825-98), President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and had issue three daughters; died 18 February 1956; will proved 11 June 1956 (estate £3,792);(9) Algernon Proctor-Beauchamp (1867-79), born 2 April 1867; died young, 6 March 1879.
(1) Sheila Ginevre Hilda Mary Proctor-Beauchamp (1881-1953) (q.v.);(2) Nadine Sophia Charlotte Proctor-Beauchamp (1886-1949), born 10 February and baptised at Langley, 21 March 1886; regarded as a great beauty; married 1st, 23 April 1910 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster (Middx) (div. 1914), Edward Graves Brinkley (1885-1928), second son of John Lloyd Brinkley of Fortland (Co. Sligo); married 2nd, 15 September 1915 at the Chapel Royal, Savoy, London (div. 1921 on grounds of her adultery with her next husband), Sir George Bettesworth Pigott KBE (1867-1952), a judge, son of Fraser Pigott of Fitzhall, Midhurst (Sussex); married 3rd, 10 September 1923 (div. 1927), Maj. Nigel Desmond Stewart (1882-1962), son of Capt. Neil P. Stewart of Plas Lodwin, Bangor (Caernarvons.); married 4th, 11 May 1928, Capt. Edward Ralph Holme Woodcock (1877-1966), eldest son of Edward Holme-Woodcock of Wigan (Lancs), but had no issue; died at her home at St Jean, Cap Ferrat (France), 20 September 1949; her will was proved 7 March 1950 (estate in England, £6,086).
(1) Jocelyn George Reginald Barker-Hahlo (later Beauchamp) (1910-58) (q.v.);(2) Sophie Patricia Fanny Barker-Hahlo (1911-50), born 12 January 1911; married, 16 March 1935, Paymaster Commander Hume Andrew Gibbons RN (1893-1940*), but had no issue; died 13 February 1950; will proved 31 March 1950 (estate £506).
Principal sourcesBurke's Peerage and Baronetage, 2003, pp. 3225-28; O. Brackett, 'Langley Park, Norfolk', Country Life, 2 July 1927; Sir N. Pevsner & B. Wilson, The buildings of England: Norfolk 2 - West and South, 2nd edn, 1999, pp. 510-14; M. Mobus, 'The Burford Masons', Open Univ. PhD thesis, 2012; M. Mobus, 'The Burford School of Masons', Oxoniensia, 2013, pp. 99-114.
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Can you help?
- I would be very interested to hear from anyone who can throw further light on the architects and craftspeople involved at White Hall or Langley Hall in the 18th century, or on the dating of the building sequence for Langley Hall.
- Does anyone know why the 4th baronet reversed the order of his surnames?
- Can anyone provide photographs or portraits of the people whose names appear in bold above, for whom no image is currently shown?
- If anyone can offer further information or corrections to any part of this article I should be most grateful. I am always particularly pleased to hear from current owners or the descendants of families associated with a property who can supply information from their own research or personal knowledge for inclusion.