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RJWP author copy of Mannington Hall, N&N Arch Soc Vol xiv pp321-328  printers set with original photos, OS map inserted and authors ms index notes, sketches of arms on fireplaces. Letter from Charles Tomes (tenant of Mannington Hall) to Purdy challenging the Paston-Lumnor tree that Purdy has used. With mounted copies of Mannington map used in article [wrongly dated 1565, see See You in Court: the Potts family of Mannington, Norfolk 1584-1737, Vaughan-Lewis W & M, 2009 App2 p589 for correct dating of map to 1595] 1901
Draft notes for article, 1900
Letter from Fred Johnson of Gt Yarmouth re Dodge family and Potts of Mannington and correcting Purdy on dates, Jul 1902.
Mannington Hall and its Owners, Charles S Tomes [rare]. Updates and expands Purdy's article, 1916.
Mounted photograph of Mannington Hall taken before removal of single storey addition and temple, c. 1890.
Sale catalogue of contents of Wolterton Hall, late of Horatio Lord Orford, 1859.
Envelope re drafts of Latin inscription offered to the 5th Earl of Orford for Wolterton Hall after restoration Composed by C H Garland, Matthew Vaughan of Haileybury College Hertford and Tom Purdy. Noted that Garland's was selected. (in later envelope) 1903.
Copy of [Itteringham] tithe apportionment giving owners, occupiers etc but no rentcharges. With small paper re Lady Suffield's three fields next to [Wolterton] Park. [It appears that small slices of the three fields, that the Blickling estate had earlier bought up from the Robins family of Itteringham, were desired by the Walpoles. See Good Neighbours: Itteringham, Norfolk in the 18th Century, William and Maggie Vaughan-Lewis, 2010.] Watermark ed 1840
See letters Orford to RJWP 21 April 1898, 24 Feb 1908 re same issue.
Bundle of letters, mainly between RJWP and Robert Walpole 5th Earl of Orford : re shared archaeological interests; shooting and fishing inc trip together to Norway (with some from Mrs Ada Purdy to RJWP) July 1890. 1873-1911 (1 artificial bundle):
25 Nov 1873 To R Purdy esq Aylsham from ?F Walpole at Langley Park Norwich
I have thought a very great deal over your case and do not know what to advise you. A case would do you no good, nor do I think, would a correspondence. It is very vexatious.
Two letters in one envelope from Ada Purdy of Woodgate House Aylsham to her husband Robert J W Purdy staying in Bergen Norway with Robert and Mrs Walpole
3 July 1890
Dearest Robert, hope you have arrived safely in my thoughts all day long. Details her activities on the estate and her visits to Orton's farm, Lake's farm and Wones cottage; the White house [Thwaite].Their man Witham and on farm, Doughty; made strawberry jam, discusses sheep, bullock, hay and haystacks. Herbert and Edith helping her; Jane and Jack discussed. Expect Tom to have his enlarged tonsil taken off after the holiday at Southwold. Invited to Caister by Mrs Dick [Morton] and Maria Morton. Going to see the Walpole's little daughter on Saturday. Hope Mr Walpole is better. had a card from Tom who is first in the [Greek] grammar paper. Going to Wolterton to see Jane.
6 July 1890
Rode to Wolterton on Friday; rainfall measurement; affect on crops; Payne from the Spa says gale blew a chimney onto the roof of the old house and rain came into his bedroom. Slap put on an oil cloth. Will go with Herbert and decide. Going to Caister. Had invite to stay with Ellen Purdy at Tivetshall but impossible. Hall drove her to Burgh Hall where Walpole's little daughter was well and had enjoyed day at Waborne and the sea. Discusses Jack's trouble and Mrs Money. Mr Forster says he should not give her a penny.
Two letters in one envelope
10 July 1890
Hope he is catching salmon. Herbert and she went to see farm house chimney at the Spa; when repaired need not be so high (cost less and not too heavy for the old house) but have another look when Slap has scaffolding up. Went to Burgh to see little girl very well and merry. Fred Ives is going to live at Itteringham. Ld Orford has agreed to repair Thwaite Hall for Major Farmar with new floors in the bedrooms. Herbert said Orford must build him a cottage for a man if the Major takes the Hall. Jane brought Lizzie to spend a few days with Ada.
small faded photo of two men sitting outside timber building with fish. [Walpole and Purdy?]
13 July 1890
Thank you a thousand times for long and delightful letter with sketch of view from window. Hope Mr Walpole will look a little stronger. Mr Sapwell was obliged to turn over a haystack. Herbert drove her to the Spa again. Slap had taken down but not as bad as thought. Will put two pots on the flues so will be almost as high as before but no new bricks needed. Hope you will not think the chimney now spoils the look of the old house. Discusses livestock prices and grass cutting. His subscription to the Foulsham Horticultural Show is due. Going to Southwold tomorrow (day trip) to get lodgings. Shall go to see little girl at Burgh this week; [Dr] Morton saw her recently. Called at the Union to invite children to tea if it's dry on Thursday.
Two letters in one envelope
17 July 1890
The little girl was not very well this morning (probably just the hot weather and her teeth). Dr Morton has been over this evening -nothing wrong but he will go again tomorrow. The nurse at Burgh will send for me if she is worse and Dr Morton will send a telegram to Lady Walpole. Union children here despite rain, rather trying. Have taken rooms at Swan Hotel in Southwold- I think dear Tom will like the place. Had a lovely day on the Broads in Tuesday. Alfred and Fred Doughty have been shooting all over the place; told Wones to send them to her but only Fred came. Gave him a lecture not to shoot any more rabbits. Alfred is worse shooting at hours when he should be working - he frightened Emily dreadfully as he shot near her cottage. I shall go to him tomorrow if he does not come.
19 July 1890
More rain; sale of livestock; Alfred Doughty did not come so she drove up to the farm and told him to show more respect. Mrs Walpole's little girl much better. Lizzie rode to Wolterton to see her mother. Jack's case is on Monday and is with City cases so unfortunately a city jury. Invite from Sir Alfred Jodrell to supper after fireworks on 31st but refused as dear Tom comes home then.
Letters to RJWP at Woodgate House Aylsham from Robert H Walpole, 5th Earl of Orford (from 1895)
Three letters in one envelope:
11 June 1890 Carlton Club
Re ticket for Purdy for steamer. Will not need fishing wading stockings. W has waders, brogues and woollen stockings.
3 August 1890 from Norfjordeid Norway (on Burgh Hall, Aylsham paper)
Glad to hear of Purdy's safe arrival. On voyage he met the Emperor. Thank you for the boots. Talks of fishing since Purdy left. Hope to be back at Burgh by 19th
13 August 1890 from same
Thanks for going over to see the child at Burgh . Mrs W thanks for sending word of the baby. Leaving Bergen on Saturday.
13 Jan 1891 (in wrong envelope) from Grosvenor Square London thanking him for congratulations of birth of son on 9th at 15 Grosvenor Sq. Asks Purdy to put announcement in the Chronicle for him as he does not have address . My uncle seems very pleased at the result.
21 Dec 1893 Washington USA
Been to New York; disappointing, has unfinished look about it. Describes Pineville Kentucky (has a share in a mine) - a lynch town where they shoot each other and get mad drunk. Going to spend winter in Florida. Then California and north to see father-in-law's railways (he has got into British Columbia with them now).
18 Aug 1894 from 192 Broadway New York (no envelope)
Sorry to have missed the Arch Society visit, it must have been interesting. Discusses his travel and shooting plans. Everyone seems to have suffered from the late depression. We saw little of the riots but were delayed at St Pauls for ten days till we could get passes by the only line that did not strike, the workers have had a severe lesson that will do them good I think, strikes for sympathy seem to be overdoing things rather.......we are all well, our nurse is going as she does not suit us and we send her home; she refuses a place with my sister-in-law £48 a year to look after one baby and to travel to England at the end of a year; when we return we shall want a nursery - premises for my little girl. Mrs Walpole wishes to be remembered most kindly to Mrs Purdy.
14 October 1894 Spokane Falls Washington (envelope)
Shooting and travels. Horse fell and he was bad for a few days. Sorry to hear about Purdy's accident. Coming home via New York.
(black edged from here)
 Dec 10 from Robert Walpole 37 Green St Park Lane [now 5th Earl of Orford]
My uncle's funeral is to be at Mannington at 11 o'clock on Wednesday [Horatio 4th Earl of Orford]
18 Jan 1895 (in envelope from Villa Allegria Cannes France
Have been here for two weeks -rain, snow and frost. Have been terribly dull here and am anxious to get home again. shall start next week for London. Mr Horace has sent me some of the Wolterton pictures which is kind of him. I also bought some armour and weapons and sent them to Mannington. You must come over and see them when I come down. I have heard nothing regarding the audits yet. Is not the man at the Saracens going to lease, I hear he only amuses himself but daresay it is not the case...Some people have been down to Wolterton to make an estimate for doing it up but I shall not know the result till I return home; funds are not at all plentiful and I fear it is far worse than I had thought. Most of the harm seems to have taken place during the last few years. Did you hear that my uncle's personalty was over £360,000? Of course my cousin gets the money and I get the worry, the government gets £94,000 which is a sin.
My cousin would not buy Mannington which I offered him; I have no sort of affection for the place, it is such bad taste and it is not comfortable and also too small for anything I want it for. I imagine there are some trout in the moat; if not I shall put some in but do not know how to catch them.
Who is going to buy Oxnead? it will require a lot to put it in order if they mean to live there.
11 Feb 1895 (in envelope) from 37 Green St Park Lane London: thanks for birds shot by Mr Tom; hear that a brother of the keeper Ayton fined for poaching which fine was paid by Davidson at Mannington- shews what a pretty lot of rogues they are in that part. Col Walpole will have told you of the splendid house he has bought in London; we are hoping he will not overdo things as £10,000 a year is not unlimited. I wish weather was fine so we could get down to Mannington but London seems the best place this weather. I am to see the baby tomorrow- my wife says it is a poor emaciated little thing.
28 Feb 1895 37 Green Street Park Lane
Thanks for welcome letter and duck and snipe. Sent former to Lady Dorothy as she has done several things for me of late. Sorry to hear of Mr Ives being ill, I wrote him a note. I have been prostrated with influenza - eating nothing. Have Chapman but he does not seem to do me good. We talk of going to Bournemouth for a short time and then to Norfolk but are uncertain. ..I have often wished to go to Hickling Broad but have never done so. I am glad you found Williamson about, he has been very ill..... I am clearing up a little at Mannington, the dirt of ages has accumulated and I wish if cleared away. I wonder if the moat has frozen. I do wish I could get down but everyone is against it and it is draughty. Remember Lady Orford most kindly to Mrs Purdy
18 May 1895 from 37 Green Street (no envelope)
Has been very unwell -done nothing and been in bed. Going to Brighton for a week; hoping to get to Norfolk soon. Grateful for the trout. Lady Orford and little girl are flourishing.
19 Jan 1896 Hotel des Anglais Nice
Went to Cannes to see my mother. It is very kind of you to put up our little girl I'm sure she will be very happy and I hope not give much trouble
29 March 1896 SS Cecile Athens (on Metropole Chicago paper)
My little girl was so pleased with her visit and full of your kindness; we both feel she was as safe as at home with us. He is much better. Been to Constantinople. Going to Venice, Nice and home.
12 April 1896 Yacht Cecile Venice
Venice is a paradise. Thanks for going to Mannington. Hope to be home in a months time.
20 Jan 1897 Carlton Club London
Ask Purdy to come for walk on Sunday when W is home. Mr Spurrell does not seem to care about Waborne (is letting it in summer months which he should not).
2 Feb 1897
W had letter from Sir Francis Boileau re electing T Purdy to the Norfolk Club; will have to wait until he has served his articles. Money has decided to take young Porett's farm. Hope to see you Sunday.
1897 Six letters in one envelope:
5 April 1897 from William's Hotel Macroom Ireland
Discusses arms of Peter Lombard and Woods. Came to Ireland 20 years ago but age and whiskey have killed off most of my friends. Asked Mr Lane the publisher to come to Mannington when I return. I shall show him Chittings Book. He says he will bring out a cheap edition of Horace Walpole's letters.
16 April 1897 from same
3 May 1897 from London
Home from fishing; shall have to trust to the mere and the moat for trout when I come. Lady Orford and my little girl very well
25 June 1897 36 Bruton St
Sorry to have missed Mrs Purdy but glad she had good view of the procession. They also saw the Illuminations (such a crowd). Going to Naval Review tomorrow. Not home until at least mid July.
2 July 1897 36 Bruton St London
Cannot go to the Arch Society meeting on 7th & 8th, asks Purdy to find someone to take notes about Burnham Norton Priory and churches. I hear that the childrens fete I gave at Wolterton went off well. Poor Sir F Boileau is laid up at Welbeck St; I have been to sit with him several times The doctors say it is not serious but he must lay up for sometime.
5 July 1897 same
Going to Court Ball on 8th; just been to Weald Hall Essex fine old Tudor house. Probably going to Scotland. Hope Mrs Purdy and your son are flourishing.
Three letters in one envelope:
19 Nov 1897 Owsden Hall Newmarket
Had good shoot here, just leaving for home, invite to come over on Sunday
2 Dec 1897 36 Bruton Street
Hear gale left his mill at Waborne partly destroyed; not worth putting it in order for the rent he gets. Invite to shoot. Just off to a picture sale. Heard that Col Walpole will not be made bankrupt.
6 Dec 1897 Carlton Club
Bad news from Burnham; both my sea walls were broken away and the Norton and Overy marshes flooded. I have 30 men working and have bought up railway sleepers to make a temporary bank before spring tides. I thought the mill was bad but this is far worse. My cousin says Mr [Walter] Rye is very rash in some of his statements. Col Walpole is to pay in full (and not be a bankrupt) I am told he is rather pleased with the whole business and likes to see his name in the paper.
17 March 1898 Carlton Club (envelope)
About to leave the country; do not like letting the house but Mr Brand wants house and shooting for five months; is a rich man with no family so will agree. Purdy offered to do anything for him while away; asks him to write to him to 'make a link to the old house I am very fond of'. War likely between Russia and Japan; editor of the Times has asked him to send any news. Lady Walpole keeps to her bed.
7 April 1898 SS Malacca Aden
Another 15 days at sea before we get to Penang. Lady Walpole quite well and recovered from her accident (walking without a stick). Life on board. Capt is a Norfolk man; also on board Mr Taylor MP for SE Norfolk. Brand will live at Mannington during shooting season; found out all about him in London -seems to be popular. Has asked Christies to bid for picture of Bishop Scamler.
Four letters in one envelope:
24 May 1898 Grand Hotel Yokohama
Describes Japan. Thanks Purdy for his kindness to his little girl. Hopes Mrs Purdy and Mr Tom are well. Happy with his tenants at Mannington and Waborne.
21 July 1898 same
Details of Japan. Thanks Purdys for going to see the little girl- is looking forward to seeing her soon. Wished he had heard about land sale as would have bought anything that cut into Blickling near the lake of the Robins' house and land. How I dislike the idea of Mannington being occupied by strangers; I said [they could stay] a few days longer than the season but they have made it nearly a month.
I hope Mr Shepheard is better.
13 Aug 1898 c/o Corbin Spokane Washington
Found my little girl [Dolly] and Miss Craven here - looking well. Took her to swim in baths in the river. Let me know about the Roman road and if you find the old road runs by the ford.
8 Sept 1898 Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel Yellowstone National Park
Very interested in the find at Mannington, when I looked at where they were digging it all seemed natural and I had no idea anything would turn up. Has the Library at Norwich suffered very much from the fire and are many of the books burnt? Wonders why the sale of small Windham properties did not come off.
2 Sept 1898 c/o D Corbin, Spokane Washington (envelope The Grand Hotel Yokohama Japan)
Been on duck shoot in Corbin's private car. Lady Walpole and little girl staying at her brother's house; planning trip to Idaho for big game. Father-in- law has done well by selling his railways. At home, Mr Sheppard and Dr Roper have died; the Canon of Aylsham has behaved in narrow minded way. Asks if any news of Col Walpole. Little girl is very well and brown from sun. Walpole grudges the people living at Mannington and shall miss the English shooting- there is no place like Norfolk.
6 Oct 1898 same (no envelope)
More duck shooting. Has new Kodak and sends Purdy two photos. Is going to Wyoming in few days. Read about Mr Spurrell's accident; asks Purdy to say how sorry he is. Thinking of doing up one of the houses at Waborne and shooting there next year (have given tenants notice re shooting). Mr Harmsworth [Rector of Itteringham] fished at Wolterton and caught 16 ½ lb pike. Lady Walpole went to New York today in father's car- takes five days to get there.
11 Nov 1898 from c/o of D Corbin, Spokane Washington US (in envelope)
Pleased to hear from you. Been disappointed in going to Wyoming as I was thrown over by my mother-in-law when I had made all the preparations and then the snow came and so I had to give it up this year.... had four days dangerous climbing in the snow and ice at Mission Mountain in Montana . His plans for travel across Canada; to visit Lady Orford's cousin in New Hampshire; go to Kentucky to see about his coal mine.... I am glad you have been to Mannington, the shooting seems to have been pretty fair considering the year and I believe there are plenty of pheasants. Heartily sick of being away from home.
12 Jan 1899 Carlton Club Pall Mall (in envelope)
Arrived after rough passage and are at Bruton Street. Shot a wild boar just before leaving America. I am so sorry that Mannington is let till the 5th of next month but we shall come home as soon as we can after that. I am trying to find out about the sale of the land I think by Abel Heath, I mean the land sold by the late Lord that was bought by the Blickling people, could you tell me what year it was sold, how much for and who was employed in the sale
25 Jan 1899 Carlton Club
Re shooting: has let the Wolterton seat to Mr Alfred Price but shall have Burnham and 6000 acres and shoot lightly. Col Walpole's furniture in London is to be sold on Thursday; he has sold the house, amongst other things is some of the old family tapestry and my late Uncles Views by Constable he was so fond of. Hope to come home on 11th. Glad to hear of Mr Ives. Lady Walpole set off for Paris with her mother. Mr Vade Walpole writing a short history of the family in the Genealogical Magazine over several months.
3 Feb 1899 Carlton Club (envelope)
Shall be glad to see Purdy on Sunday. Gives shooting totals. Has put a keeper in at Burnham and begun a new farm house for Mr Tom Mack. has mislaid names of lawyers who sold Abel Heath, could Purdy let him know again. Sorry to hear about Mr Spurrell -unlucky.
14 May 1900 Villa Allegria Cannes (envelope)
Arrived to find poor mother very bad and doctor with little hope but she is already a little better (was lonely). Doctor a nice Englishman. Walpole will stay with her. Lady Walpole returns to Mannington today.
4 May 1900 36 Bruton Street London
Been busy on a committee in the House of Lords. Visiting in Kent. Missing Archaeological meetings. Thinks he has a tenant for Burnham. With two cheques on Aylsham bank dated Sept 1900 for Mr Rudd and Messr Barwell & Sons.
24 May 1900 from Villa Allegria Cannes (envelope)
I do not wish to sell the advowson (want £3000 for it) I do not find livings are any good to me, they are rather doubtful property but I like to own those near where I live. Is thinking of spending £2000 on Waborne but not clear where to begin. Mother is progressing but very weak so staying longer with her.
30 May 1900 from Villa Allegria Cannes France (in envelope)
I am always so interested in what goes on at home and it is so kind of you to write. My mother is going on well and the doctor says I may take her home in ten days
8 April 1901 Naples
Eyes very bad; doctor ar Cannes did no good so will go to famous oculist at Wiesbaden after Rome. Describes travels. Lady Walpole wishes to go to Paris he wishes to go home. I have built a strong room at Mannington.
21 April 1901 Wiesbaden Germany (in envelope)
The oculist says he can cure me if I am under his care for four to five weeks. I only use one eye now - the Grand Duke Michael of Russia told me at Cannes to 'go straight to Pagenstecher at Wiesbaden and tell him I told you to come, he cured me and he can cure you if anyone can', he is the man the Queen sent for. [Hermann Pagenstecher 1844-1932]
25 April 1901 Weisbaden Germany [in envelope]
Glad General Bulwer was elected President. Purdy lucky his cycle accident not worse. Mr Forster is unwell. Mr Crundall is forming a company to develop his property at Waborne and wants Walpole to join him.
30 April 1901 from Wiesbaden [Germany] (in envelope)
....I do hope they catch [the dog poisoners at Aylsham] - it seems such a cowardly thing to poison people's dogs in such an underhand way. Has bought a centrepiece in silver of an old ship. My eyes seem much the same. a confabulation of doctors in the hotel today.
9 June 1901 Wiesbaden (envelope)
Not been allowed to read or write and eyes painful from hot treatment but can now go out with dark glasses. Interested in Purdy's account of the map; would more show if properly photographed to decipher more names. [Mannington 1595 map] Lady Walpole settled in London
17 June 1901 Wiesbaden [envelope]
Eyes going well. Burgh Hall is on market. Crundall has started 'by mistake' laying pipes on land W sold him (but is not yet paid for). He will stop the work and suggests legal counsel.
23 June 1901 Wiesbaden [in envelope]
Re Crundall wells being sunk diverting water from other users. Professor says he can leave in a few days. Interested in Purdy's pamphlet on moats.
15 July 1902 from Bruton Street (in envelope)addressed to Purdy at The Beeches Aylsham
re publishing Chitting's book. Shooting in Yorkshire in August. Coronation will only an hour - the music is to be cut out. With times of [Society] visit to Holt on Aug 21.
21 July 1902 from 36 Bruton Street London (no envelope)
Please do as you suggest about Chittings book. re trout in moat. Coming home today but have to be back for the coronation on 9th. It is to be quite a quiet affair and the king will be carried from his carriage to the Abbey and back. I hear there are some young partridge to be seen When do you think the harvest will begin? Was asked to spend the day at Strawberry Hill but was not well enough to go.
26 July 1902
Carlton Club Pall Mall (no envelope)
Hope to see you before long ; I am alright again. We go today to Cassiobury Park (Lord Essex). I hear Col Walpole came over and Warner drove him over to see Saxthorpe, cannot see how he is in camp I thought he had retired. I made a bid for some lead pipes sold at a sale at Chediston Hall, Suffolk, they went for £200 my bid was only half that. I hear well of the partridge. I am afraid King is to have Blickling, they will only let for one year I hear now and Mr [?]an does not care about so short a time.
Aug 1905 Postcard from Norway
24 Feb 1908 from Grand Hotel St Moritz-Dorf
Lady Orford and their daughter taking skating lessons. Walpole has had notice to quit the Blickling land he hires next to the Appletree [close] and the Park; seems very discourteous and un-neighbourly - I believe we had had it since the Hobart's bought it from the Robins.[Itteringham land] Do you think it is vital to my shooting?
29 Feb 1908
Leaving for London on Tuesday. Hoping to retain the shooting land from Blickling. Mentions Tomes who was refused the Blickling [Hall] shooting.
24 Dec 1908 to RJWP at Ivy House Foulsham from Wolterton (in envelope)
Christmas wishes and a duck from the lake. Will you come over to shoot Mossimere on the 30th? We meet there at 11 o'clock.
11 Oct 1910 to Ivy House Foulsham from 307 Seventh Avenue Spokane USA
Re travels; have been to Canada off to Los Angeles and California and then to New Zealand (until Jan 18) then via Marseilles and home in March. This is a fine country for making money but I would not live here for anything. The farmer will not grow sugar beet for us.
6 Nov 1910 Hotel Metropole Santa Catalina California to Ivy House Foulsham (in envelope)
Re fishing for tuna and shooting. San Francisco foggy and disappointing. Auckland will be hot. Mr Smith tells me he has pruned up the cedars again. Poor Mr Case I saw a short account of the tragedy in the Times.
9 Jan  from 'camped on Kuratau River Lake Taupo New Zealand'
Re fishing, hot weather.