|Beever of Hethel and Hargham|
Hethel Hall, Norfolk
|Hethel Hall: a pencil sketch by J.P. Neale, c.1820, showing the large early Georgian house on the site.|
Image: Duleep Singh Collection, Thetford Library, courtesy of Norfolk County Council Library & Information Service.
This house was either remodelled or rebuilt as a rather low two-storey pedimented building in the early 18th century, perhaps for Arthur Branthwayt, who inherited in 1710 and died in 1717, or for his son and namesake, who had a similarly short tenure and died in 1724. The proportions of the house and the fact that the grand main front was of ten bays, with the pediment slightly offset from the centre, may indicate that it was a remodelling of an earlier and less regular building. A long projecting arcade to the right of the entrance, probably representing an orangery, is shown with fifteen arches but a pencil note on the drawing corrects this to 20 arches, which would have made it a very striking garden feature. 18th-century maps show the house surrounded by formal gardens and standing next to a water garden which was apparently created out an earlier moat, which suggests that there was a medieval house on the site earlier still.
|Hethel Hall: the site in 1882, showing the water garden probably created from a medieval|
moat, from the 1st edn. 25" Ordnance Survey map.
|Hethel Hall: the south front in 1902.|
|Hethel Hall: the house in the early 20th century, from an old postcard. Image: Phillip Judge.|
Hargham Hall, Norfolk
Beevor family of Hethel Hall and Hargham Hall, baronets
(1) William Beevor (c.1681-96), born about 1681; died young and was buried at Rockland St Mary, 18 July 1696;
(2) Elizabeth Beevor (1682-1748?), baptised at Thornhill, 20 April 1682; married, 29 May 1705 at South Walsham, John Dove (1679-1738) of Ranworth, maltster and brewer, and had issue at least one son, with whom she evidently fell out as he was excluded from her will though still alive; said to have died at Great Yarmouth in 1747/8; her will was proved in Norwich in 1748;(3) Abraham Beevor (1683-86), baptised at Thornhill, 6 December 1683; died young and was buried at Thornhill, 9 April 1686;(4) Martha Beevor (1685-1764), baptised at Thornhill, 18 March 1684/5; married, 2 January 1714/5 at Otley (Yorks WR), as his second wife, Edward Laycon (1679-1726), and had issue three sons and seven daughters; buried at South Walsham, 12 July 1764;(5) John Beevor (1687-1737?); baptised at Thornhill, 15 December 1687; educated at Furnivall's Inn, London; married, 15 November 1716 at St Andrew, Holborn (Middx), Mary (1697-1754?), daughter of Matthew Lancaster, and had issue four sons and one daughter; perhaps the man of this name buried at St Margaret, Westminster (Middx), 29 December 1737;(6) Thomas Beevor (1689-1758) (q.v.);(7) Judith Beevor (1691-1756), baptised at Thornhill, 29 October 1691; married, 17 September 1713 at Otley (Yorks WR), Lawrence Swainson (1681-1736), son of Lawrence Swainson of Otley, and had issue three sons and four daughters; buried at Otley, July 1756;(8) Catherine Beevor (1693-1766), baptised at Thornhill, 21 September 1693; married, 1 October 1717 at South Walsham, Rev. John Pitcairn (1688-1753), vicar of Shotesham (Norfk), 1715-29, rector of Burgh Castle (Norfk), 1729-53 and headmaster of Great Yarmouth Grammar School from 1722; buried at Burgh Castle, 29 November 1766; will proved at Norwich, 1767;(9) Carolina Beevor (1696-1761), baptised at Rockland St. Mary, 24 July 1696; married, 23 February 1719/20 at Ranworth, Robert Ward (1677-1742) of Great Yarmouth, brewer and mayor of Great Yarmouth, son of Gabriel Ward, and had issue three sons and two daughters; buried at Great Yarmouth, 25 September 1761;(10) Henrietta Beevor (b. & d. 1699), baptised at Rockland St Mary, 31 March 1699; died in infancy and was buried at South Walsham, 31 December 1699;(11) William Beevor (b. & d. 1701), baptised at South Walsham, 1 July 1701; died in infancy and was buried at South Walsham, 4 September 1701.
(1.1) Catherine Beevor (b. & d. 1713), baptised at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, 18 March 1712/3; died in infancy and was buried at the same church, 2 April 1713;(2.1) Rose Beevor (b. & d. 1719), born 11 February and baptised at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, 27 February 1718/9; died in infancy and was buried in the same church, 25 April 1719;(2.2) Elizabeth Beevor (1720-80), baptised at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, 31 March 1720; married, 30 May 1754 at St Saviour, Norwich, as his second wife, John Cotman* (d. 1773) of Great Yarmouth (Norfk); buried at Great Yarmouth, 12 June 1780; will proved at Norwich, 1780;(2.3) Thomas Beevor (b. 1721), born 9 April and baptised at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich, 16 April 1721; died in infancy in the lifetime of his mother;(3.1) Sir Thomas Beevor (1725-1814), 1st bt. (q.v.)(3.2) John Beevor (1727-1815), born 13 April 1727 and baptised at St Martin at Palace, Norwich, 13 April 1728; educated at Norwich Free Grammar School and Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (admitted 1743; MB 1748; MD 1764; junior fellow, Oct-Dec 1750); practised as a physician in Norwich and was one of the physicians at the Bethel Hospital from 1758 and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, 1772-93; JP for Norfolk; married 1st, 27 January 1750/1 at Great Yarmouth, Margaret (c.1727-52), daughter of Barry Love (d. 1748) of Great Yarmouth, and had issue a twin son and daughter; married 2nd, 10 June 1756 at St Giles, Norwich, Mary (1736-1814), daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Russell (d. 1740), ironmonger, and had issue six sons** and five daughters; died aged 88 on 26 April 1815 and was buried at St Giles, Norwich, where he is commemorated by a monument;(3.3) Hester Beevor (1728-29), born 27 July and baptised at St Saviour, Norwich, 16 August 1728; died in infancy and was buried at St Saviour, Norwich, 6 June 1729;(3.4) William Beevor (1730-70), born 23 October and baptised at St Saviour, Norwich, 2 December 1730; he was intended to take over the family brewery but never did so, perhaps because of illness or incapacity; died 25 May 1770 and was buried on 29 May 1770 at St Saviour, Norwich, where he was commemorated on his father's monument;(3.5) Caroline Beevor (1731-32), baptised at St Saviour, Norwich, 23 November 1731; died in infancy and was buried at St Saviour, Norwich, 22 February 1731/2;(3.6) Katherine Beevor (1734-35), baptised at Norwich, 25 January 1734; died in infancy and was buried at St Saviour, Norwich, 25 October 1735;(3.7) James Beevor (1737-1808), baptised at St Saviour, Norwich, 11 April 1737; apprenticed to William Riches of Norwich, worsted weaver, but took over the family brewery in Norwich and became very wealthy, helped by winning £20,000 in the English lottery in March 1784, but the business was sold following his death; married, 13 August 1765 at St Gregory, Norwich, Mary (d. 1828), daughter of Robert Partridge of Norwich, merchant, and had issue four sons and two daughters (including Mary, the wife of the Rev. Miles Beevor, for whom see below); died suddenly, 21 May, and was buried at St Saviour, Norwich, 28 May 1808.
|Sir Thomas Beevor, 1st bt. |
Image: British Museum
(1) Anna Bettina Beevor (1751-80), born 8 September and baptised at St Stephen, Norwich, 22 September 1751; married, 26 August 1777 at Hethel, William Finch Ingle (later Finch) (1757-1826) (who m2, 20 October 1781 at Little Shelford (Cambs), Betty Wheldon (1759-1846)), son of Samuel Ingle of London, linen draper, and had issue one son; died 15 February and was buried at Hethel, 18 February 1780, where she is commemorated by a monument;(2) Juliana Mary Beevor (1752-1843), born 13 November and baptised at Hethel, 28 November 1752; eloped with and married, 22 May 1777 at St George, Hanover Sq., Westminster (Middx), Sir Robert John Buxton (1753-1839), 1st bt., of Shadwell Lodge (Norfk), MP for Thetford, 1790-96 and Great Bedwyn, 1797-1806, son of John Buxton of Rushford (Norfk), and had issue one son and two daughters; died aged 90 on 5 February and was buried at Rushford, 14 February 1843; will proved in the PCC, 22 June 1843;(3) Sir Thomas Beevor (1753-1820), 2nd bt. (q.v.);(4) Maj. John Beevor (1755-1828), born 12 May and baptised at Hethel, 1 June 1755; an officer in the 9th dragoons (Cornet, 1772; Lt., 1774; Capt., 1793; Maj., 1802); inspecting officer of yeomanry corps in Waterford, Wexford and district until his death; lived latterly at Beevor Lodge, Carlow (Co. Carlow); said to have married [forename unknown] Roberts* but to have been separated from her; died 9 October 1828;(5) Rev. Dr. Miles Beevor (1756-1834), born 22 October and baptised at Hethel, 14 November 1756; educated, probably at Eton and at University College, Oxford (matriculated 1774; BA 1778; MA 1781; BD and DD, 1815); ordained deacon, 1778 and priest, 1782; vicar of Toftrees and South Creake (Norfk), 1784-85, and of Ketteringham (Norfk), 1786-1835, which he neglected shockingly; rector of Bircham Newton, 1789-1835, which he served by a curate, and of Hethel (Norfk), 1792-1835; chaplain to 1st battalion, 1st Foot, 1786-95; JP and (from 1803) DL for Norfolk; lived at Mulbarton Hall (Norfk); married, 10 March 1791 at St. Saviour, Norwich, Mary (1767-1837), second daughter of James Beevor of Norwich, and had issue one son (who died young) and two daughters; died 29 December 1834 and was buried at Hethel, 5 January 1835; will proved in the PCC, 3 April 1835;(6) Capt. Arthur Beevor (1758-1839), born 1 July and baptised at Hethel, 14 November 1758; an officer in the army (Ensign, 1775; Lt., 1774; Capt., 1783; retired on half-pay, 1791), who served mainly in America; returned to Norfolk, 1794 and was Major commanding the Bradenham Volunteer Infantry in 1803; JP for Norfolk; married, 2 June 1797 at Newton Flotman (Norfk), Mary (1770-1831), second daughter of Rev. Arthur Branthwayt of Stiffkey (Norfk) and had issue two sons (who both died young) and two daughters; farmed at Honingham (Norfk) until he retired to Great Yarmouth in 1829; died 26 September and was buried at Burgh Castle (Norfk), 3 October 1839; will proved 3 December 1839;(7) Rev. George Beevor (1762-1810), born 16 April and baptised at Hethel, 2 May 1762; educated at Wymondham GS and Christ's College, Cambridge (matriculated 1780; BA 1784; MA 1787); ordained deacon, 1784 and priest, 1786; rector of Felmingham, 1790-1804, North Cove and Willingham St Mary (Suffk), 1792-1810, Tasburgh (Norfk), 1797-1804 and Wilby-cum-Hargham, 1804-10; chaplain to 2nd battalion, 1st Foot, 1790-97; JP and (from 1803) DL for Norfolk; married, 19 May 1791 at Stiffkey (Norfk), Jane (1763-1819), eldest daughter of Rev. Arthur Branthwayt of Stiffkey, and had issue six sons and three daughters; died of tuberculosis, 21 July 1810.
(1) Sir Thomas Branthwayt Beevor (1798-1879), 3rd bt. (q.v.);(2) Mary Anne Beevor (1800-23), baptised at Old Buckenham (Norfk), 21 February 1800; married, 10 June 1819 at Hethel, Isaac Preston (later Jermy) (d. 1848)* of Stanfield Hall (Norfk), barrister and later recorder of Norwich, and had issue one son and two daughters; buried at St Stephen, Norwich, 24 September 1823;(3) Juliana Bettina Beevor (1801-28), born 29 March 1801; married, when she was fifteen, and perhaps after an elopement, 19 April 1816 at St Mary, Islington (Middx), Rev. Henry Howard (1785-1856) and had issue one son and four daughters; buried at Hargham, 7 October 1828.
|Sir Thomas Branthwayt Beevor, 3rd bt.|
(1.1) Elizabeth Bridget Beevor (1820-88), baptised at Hargham, 11 November 1820; married, 22 July 1843 at Salcombe Regis (Devon), Dr John Dacie Jeffery MD (1810-82) of Sidmouth and later of Worcester, surgeon, and had issue three sons and one daughter; as a widow, lived in Vienna (Austria) and died there, 5 July 1888; will proved 2 August 1888 (effects in England, £602);(1.2) Sir Thomas Beevor (1823-85), 4th bt. (q.v.);(2.1) Julia Beevor (1833-1917), born 28 September 1833; brought up as a Unitarian but baptised into the Church of England at Burgh St. Peter, 29 July 1860; educated at Mount Lodge Boarding School, Hampstead (Middx); married, 28 May 1856 at St Pancras (Middx), Dr. Walter Jeffrey Potts MD MRCS (1837-98) of Amersham (Bucks), surgeon, son of George Potts MP, and had issue six sons and four daughters; as a widow lived at Reigate (Surrey) and died there, 5 July 1917; will proved 16 August 1917 (estate £4,197);(2.2) Arthur Branthwayte Beevor (1834-94), born 14 September 1834 and baptised at Eccles, 28 March 1858; educated at a dissenting academy in St Michael's Hill, Bristol; had a narrow escape from drowning while sailing on the R. Orwell, 1853, but evidently later emigrated to Australia, where he died unmarried in Queensland, 22 May 1894;(2.3) Marianne Beevor (1835-64), born 14 September 1835 and baptised at Eccles, 28 March 1858; married, 3 June 1862 at St George, Southwark (Surrey), her cousin, Capt. Burton John Daveney (1833-1905), son of Henry Daveney, and had issue one daughter; died in Bombay (India), 18 January 1864 and was buried at Byculla Cemetery there the following day;(2.4) Phoebe Beevor (1836-54), born 23 October 1836; educated at Mount Lodge Boarding School, Hampstead (Middx); died unmarried, probably of tuberculosis, 10 October 1854;(2.5) Edward Beevor (1838-67), born 11 December 1838; educated at a dissenting academy in St Michael's Hill, Bristol; died unmarried of tuberculosis, 21 April, and was buried at Yarmouth Old Cemetery (Norfk), 26 April 1867;(2.6) Jane Beevor (b. & d. 1839), born about June 1839; died in infancy and was buried at Hargham, 4 November 1839;(2.7) Franklin Beevor (1841-c.1862), born 21 May 1841; joined the merchant navy and was last heard of when he wrote home from Melbourne (Australia) in November 1861; presumed to have drowned in about 1862;(2.8) Jane Beevor (b. & d. 1842), born April-Jun 1842; died in infancy, 26 October 1842;(3.1) Harriet Beevor (1845-75), born 1845 and baptised at Hargham, 15 July 1860; married, 8 September 1868 at Christ Church, Harrogate (Yorks WR), Benjamin de Montmorency Dowson (b. 1847) of Lee (Kent) (who m2, 4 October 1876 at the British Embassy in Paris (France), Geraldine Alice Jenny (1847-1939), daughter of Henry Victor de Merindol Malan, and had further issue one daughter), son of Rev. Charles Dowson, and had issue; died at Cannes (France), 29 March 1875;(3.2) Ellen Beevor (1847-48), born Jul-Sept. 1847; died in infancy and was buried at Hargham, 6 October 1848;(3.3) Oliver Beevor (1849-74), born 23 May 1849 and baptised at Hargham, 15 July 1860; educated at Middle Temple (admitted 1869; called 1874); barrister-at-law, practising in Great Yarmouth; died unmarried, suddenly, 20 November, and was buried at Bradwell (Norfk), 26 November 1874.
(1) Sophia Elizabeth Beevor (1851-70), born 28 September and baptised at St Giles, Norwich, 14 November 1851; died unmarried, 8 December, and was buried at Hargham, 12 December 1870;(2) Amy Beevor (1852-1918), born 31 December 1852 and baptised at St John, Hampstead (Middx), 16 February 1853; teacher at Notting Hill Girls High School, 1886-92 and headteacher of Carlisle Girls High School (Cumbld), 1892-1902; died unmarried, 12 February 1918; will proved 26 March 1918 (estate £10,967);(3) Thomas Edward Beevor (1854-79), born 9 May and baptised at St John, Hampstead, 29 June 1854; educated at Uppingham and Trinity Hall, Cambridge (admitted 1872), where he accumulated debts, to the distress of his father, who sent him abroad to Canada and the United States in about 1875, and supported him with occasional remittances; he worked briefly as a teacher in Montreal; suffered from Bright's disease (nephritis); died unmarried when he took his own life by an overdose of morphine at Denver, Colorado (USA), 6 August 1879, where he is commemorated by a headstone in the Riverside Cemetery;(4) Lucy Jane Beevor (1855-1946), born 29 November 1855 and baptised at Attleborough (Norfk), 29 January 1856; married, 23 August 1894 at Hingham (Norfk), Charles Henry Delamain (c.1847-1928), a rancher in New Zealand and Mexico, and later of Mousehall, Tidebrook (Sussex), farmer, eldest son of Col. Charles Henry Delamain CB, and had issue one son; lived latterly at Roundswell House, nr. Barnstaple (Devon); died aged 90 on 7 January 1946; will proved 3 June 1946 (estate £1,800);(5) Margaret Beevor (1857-1904), born 7 April 1857 and baptised at Attleborough, 8 March 1858; married, 12 September 1891 at Hingham, Henry Penrice Frederick (1857-1942), of Burgh Hall, Burgh Castle (Norfk), solicitor (who m2, 25 April 1908, Diana (1861-1940), third daughter of Sir William Foster, 2nd bt.), son of George Septimus Frederick, and had issue three sons and two daughters; died 17 July and was buried at Burgh Castle, 19 July 1904; will proved 8 September 1904 (estate £1,019);(6) Sir Hugh Reeve Beevor (1858-1939), 5th bt. (q.v.);(7) Ralph Jermy Beevor (1859-1937) of The Limes, Weybridge (Surrey), born 29 December 1859; educated at Felsted and Trinity College, Cambridge (matriculated 1878; BA 1882; MA 1892); schoolmaster at Cheltenham College, 1882; an official in the General Post Office, 1883-92; subsequently secretary to public companies; lived at St Albans (Herts) and later Norwich; compiler of Alumni Felstedienses, 1890 (5th edn., 1921); Fellow of the Society of Genealogists; married, 26 April 1894 at St George Colegate, Norwich, Sophia Mary (1865-1948), elder daughter of Rev. Joseph Preston, and had issue three sons and three daughters; died 1 November and was buried at Hargham, 4 November 1937; will proved 7 January 1938 (estate £4,593);(8) Rev. John Hare Beevor (1861-1914), born 1 or 6 June and baptised at Hingham, 21 September 1861; educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge (matriculated 1879; BA 1883; MA 1903); ordained deacon, 1884, and priest, 1885; rector of Hevingham (Norfk), 1889-1908; Diocesan Inspector of Schools, 1892-1908; retired 1908 and took up farming at Hoveton Hall (Norfk); married, 22 February 1892 at Oratava, Tenereife (Spain), Susan Heard Oliver OBE (k/a Zay) (1857-1938), daughter of Charles William Dabney jr. of Boston, Massachusetts (USA), but had no issue; died of throat cancer, 27 February 1914; will proved 3 April 1914 (estate £2,662);(9) Cecil Nicholas Beevor (1863-88), born 24 January and baptised at Hingham, 30 September 1863; educated at Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (admitted 1880); an officer in the Royal Engineers (Lt., 1882); died unmarried when he was killed by bandits ('dacoits') in Burma, 15 September 1888;(10) Alice Franklin Beevor (1864-69), born 17 July and baptised at Hingham, 7 December 1864; died 13 July, and was buried at Hargham, 17 July 1869;(11) Rowland Beevor (1866-1942), born 7 February and baptised at Hingham, 14 April 1866; articled to J.P. Cobb of Finsbury Circus, solicitor; practised as a solicitor with Williams & James of London; married, 13 September 1893 at St Andrew, Nottingham (Notts), Margaret Frances (1867-1954), daughter of George Evans of Nottingham, insurance agent, and had issue three sons and two daughters; died 7 November 1942; will proved 9 December 1942 (estate £34,817);(12) Edmund Beevor (1867-1948), born 23 May and baptised at Hingham, 18 October 1867; educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge (matriculated 1886; BA 1889; MA 1895); teacher at Aldenham School, Elstree (Herts) (asst. master, 1889-95; house master, 1895-1922); compiled Aldenham School register, 1913; member of Depwade Rural District Council, 1928-46; lived latterly at Pulham St. Mary (Norfk); married, 4 August 1896 at Hardingham (Norfk), Mary (1861-1947), second daughter of Sir William Foster, 2nd bt. of Hardingham Hall, but had no issue; died 1 November 1948; will proved 21 December 1948 (estate £9,715);(13) Richard Temple Beevor (1869-97), born 28 August and baptised at Hingham, 7 November 1869; educated at Aldenham Grammar School and University of London (matriculated 1888) and in Leipzig (Germany); organist and composer; died unmarried, 22 July, and was buried at Hargham, 28 July 1897.
(1) Bridget Chevallier Beevor (1895-1967), born 5 May 1895; married, 11 February 1920, Rev. Henry Hibberd (1876-1952), rector of Burnham Thorpe (Norfk), son of Dr. Henry Jukes Hibberd of Holmwood, Brockenhurst (Hants), and had issue one son and one daughter; died 28 April 1967; will proved 18 July 1967 (estate £30,966);
(2) Sir Thomas Lubbock Beevor (1897-1943), 6th bt. (q.v.).
(1) Ina Margaret Anastasia Beevor (1920-2022), born 2 October 1920; married, 9 May 1942, Maj. John Arthur Lewis (1916-2007), elder son of Maj. Alfred Elliott Lewis of Danecroft, Stowmarket (Suffk), and had issue two sons and one daughter; died aged 101 on 20 January 2022; will proved 18 May 2022;(2) Jocelyn Mary Beevor (1927-2014), born 4 July 1927; married, 8 October 1949 at St Paul, Knightsbridge (Middx), Sir (Edward Courtenay) Henry Warner (1922-2011), 3rd bt., only son of Col. Sir Edward Courtenay Thomas Warner, 2nd bt., of Brettenham Park (Suffk), and had issue three sons; died 22 February 2014; will proved 30 June 2014;(3) Sir Thomas Agnew Beevor (1929-2017), 7th bt. (q.v.);(4) Christian Chevallier Beevor (1934-2021), born 30 October 1934; married, 14 October 1959, George Habib Homsi (1930-96), elder son of Habib George Homsi of Beirut (Lebanon), but had no issue; died in France, 4 March 2021.
(1.1) Bridget Anastasia Beevor (b. 1958), born 6 April 1958; educated at Mayfield School, Putney and Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy (Dip. COT, 1980); married, 8 September 1984, Matthew John Le Fanu Porteous MB BS FRCS FRSM (b. 1957), consultant orthopaedic surgeon, eldest son of John Porteous of London, and had issue two sons and two daughters;(1.2) Juliana Clare Beevor (b. 1960), born 16 June 1960; married, 1988, Dr. Roderick Peter Ross Marrs MB BS of Assington (Suffk), general practitioner, son of Alan Ross Marrs of Watchet (Som.), and had issue one son and one daughter;(1.3) Sir Thomas Hugh Cunliffe Beevor (b. 1962), 8th bt. (q.v.).
(1) Thomas William Harvey Beevor (b. 1990), born 15 April 1990; educated at Newcastle University and Henley Business School;(2) Joshua Peter Hugh Beevor (b. 1992), born 19 May 1992; educated at Norwich Sch. and Newcastle University (BA); finance manager and auditor; married, 2 April 2022, Charlotte, daughter of David Alcock of Stratford-on-Avon (Warks);(3) Georgina Emily Clare Beevor (b. 1995), born 17 April 1995; educated at Norwich Sch., Durham University (BA 2006) and Cambridge University (PGCE, 2017 and M.Ed, 2020); teacher since 2017.
- Can anyone provide additional photographs of Hargham Hall, which seems to be remarkably little-recorded?
- Can anyone provide 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.