A Village Trust Mini Biography – Dollina Margaret Ford (1891- 1912)

Dollina Margaret Ford (1891- 1912)
When the Titanic passenger liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April
15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg on the maiden voyage, there were a number
of Sussex people on board.
Dollina Margaret Ford was born to on the 13th of June 1891 in Hadlow Down
to Margaret and Edward Ford. Her father registered her birth on the 29th of
July. She was the couple’s first child and was Baptised at the Parish Church of St. Mark the Evangelist on the 23rd of August 1891. Dollina was named after a maternal aunt. Continue reading “A Village Trust Mini Biography – Dollina Margaret Ford (1891- 1912)”

Alice Catharine Day  1848 – 1930 Dec. Mini Bio

Alice Catharine Day was born in 1848 to William Day (1787 – 1849) and Anne Elliot Le Blanc (1806 – 1896) of Hadlow House in Hadlow Down which was then a part of the parish of Mayfield.  She was baptized in St. Marks Church, Hadlow Down on the 26th. September 1848.  Her father within a year of her being born.
*Please note that throughout this article the writer has purposely used Miss Day’s correct spelling of her name Catharine spelt with an ‘a’ and not with an ‘e’.
Many Hadlow Down villagers know of Miss Day due to the reproduction of her book Glimpses of Life in Rural Sussex During The Last Hundred Years, which was first published in 1927, in the Millenium village book project of 1999.  In one of her ‘glimpses’ she recalls  visiting a village family in 1883, there are other dates of interviews with villagers including one in 1922  In her book she says she is ‘writing principally of my experiences among them [The Wealden People] during the years from 1874 till 1892’, as the book was published in 1927 a few years before her death at the age of 82, when compiling her book she was no doubt drawing on lots of notes made throughout her time living in Hadlow Down as well as her personal recollections as a young lady. Continue reading “Alice Catharine Day  1848 – 1930 Dec. Mini Bio”

West Hadlow?

Hello all.
According to the 1891 census there was once, and possibly still is, a house in Hadlow Down called ‘West Hadlow’. It could have had a name change in the last 100 years? Presumed to be west of ‘Hadlow’ (Now called Hadlow House) The Village Trust would appreciate any information or leads as to what happened to it.
Many thanks to anyone who can help.

Marmaduke Pickthall – Oct. Mini-Bio

Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall   1875 – 1936
Muhammed Marmaduke Pickthall lived in Five Chimneys, Hadlow Down between 1909 and c.1916/17. Electoral Roll records of 1912 show him owning one quarter of the C16 wood framed house now re-fronted with red brick and the central chimney stacks cemented over but finished with brick tops

Pickthall was born in Cambridge Terrace, near Regent’s Park in London on the 7th. April 1875 the elder of the two sons of the Reverend Charles Grayson Pickthall (1822–1881) and his second wife, MaryHale, née O’Brien (1836–1904).  Mary, of the Irish Inchiquin clan, was the widow of William Hale and the daughter of Admiral Donat Henchy O’Brien, who served in the Napoleonic Wars, Charles was an Anglican clergyman, the rector of Chillesford a village near Woodbridge, Suffolk  The Pickthalls traced their ancestry to a knight of William the Conqueror, Sir Roger de Poictu, from whom their surname derives.

Marmaduke was an English Islamic scholar noted for his 1930 English translation of the Qu’ran, (usually anglicized as “Koran” in Pickthall’s era). His translation is one of the most widely known and used in the English-speaking world. A convert from Christianity to Islam, Pickthall was also a novelist, esteemed by D. H. Lawrence, H. G. Wells, and E. M. Forster, as well as journalists, political and religious leaders. He declared his conversion to Islam in dramatic fashion after delivering a talk on ‘Islam and Progress’ on 29 November 1917, to the Muslim Literary Society in Notting Hill, West London. Continue reading “Marmaduke Pickthall – Oct. Mini-Bio”

The Grange, Hadlow Down

The Grange, Hadlow Down
Further to the George Fellowes Prynne’s biographical articles published recently in The Hadlow Down Village Magazine and here on the Village Web Site the Hadlow Down Village Trust has come across this interesting architect’s drawing that appeared in The Building News of 17 November 1893 showing The Grange as Fellowes Prynne would build it with the original building, called Buxted Lodge before the transition, in the inset.
It was George Fellowes Prynne’s first secular building.
May be an image of text

Fellowes Prynne, George H. (2nd April 1853 – 27th May1927)

The Church of St. Mark the Evangelist provides an impressive first view of the village as you approach Hadlow Down from the West on the A272.  The person responsible for its present day imposing appearance is George Halford Fellowes Prynne (1853–1927) a Victorian and Edwardian English church architect, part of the High Church School of Gothic Revival Architecture.

He was born on 2 April 1853 at Wyndham Square, Plymouth, Devon, the second son of the Rev. George Rundle Prynne and Emily Fellowes.  His elder brother was the painter Edward Arthur Fellowes Prynne. He also had another brother, Albert Bernard (known as Bernard), and two sisters. His father was a well-known figure in religious circles of the time, being outspoken in his support of the revival of so-called high churchmanship in the Anglican Church and espousing the views of the Oxford Movement. Continue reading “Fellowes Prynne, George H. (2nd April 1853 – 27th May1927)”

Pilot Officer W. H. G. (Scotty) Gordon (1920 – 1940)

Pilot Officer W. H. G. (Scotty) Gordon

The intention of including ‘Biography’ pages in the ‘Village Trust’ section of the Hadlow Down web site (www.hadlowdown.com) was to provide readers with an informative collection of notable people who by residency, birth, marriage or contribution to its social history were associated with Hadlow Down.
An exception to the normal criteria for inclusion is that of P/O W.H.G  Gordon who was sadly shot down over Howbourne Farm fields, Hadlow Down while piloting a Spitfire on September 6th  1940, during a ferocious dogfight with three German Messerschmitt 109’s. Continue reading “Pilot Officer W. H. G. (Scotty) Gordon (1920 – 1940)”

Filming at the New Inn

Here is the official poster for the independent, small budget British made film which includes scenes  shot in the New Inn Haflow Down with upcoming and seasoned actresses & actors, amazing local crew, artistic & incredibly hardworking MUA’s, Kent & Sussex locations, the best vintage car owners, many volunteers and supporting a much needed local charity – Family Matters. We are so proud to have reached this point. Follow us for trailers & information on the Premiere.

Click on the link to watch trailer  https://fb.watch/lnPnDSj6hi/

Elsie Marie Henderson.

The Hadlow Down Trust have been approached by an art collector and historian from Guernsey regarding the short biography we have put on the village web site of Elsie Marie Henderson.
We would like to collaborate with the gentleman who has been doing some research into the Stations of the Cross in St. Mark’s Church and the later years of Henderson’s life and death in Hadlow Down and subsequent burial in St. Mark’s in 1967.
It is believed she may still have some relatives in the village and there may also be others still here who remember her.
Any information will be helpful to our contact and the Trust who could possibly collaborate in mounting a small exhibition of her life and work in the village at some time in the future.
Please email ECWestfield@aol.com
Please read the biography on the village web site to avoid duplication of information.