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  • JOURNAL 2005




    JOURNAL 2005

    Ref. Contents Author Page

    Committee Members ii

    Lecture Programme 2005 - 2006 ii



    05/3 BELL RINGING AT RUISLIP IN THE EARLY 1960s David Rowlands 14

    05/4 STARTING FROM SCRATCH Scratch Dials and St. Martin's Church Valery Cowley 17

    05/5 THE RISE AND FALL OF KELVIN HOUSE SCHOOL Mary Pache & Christopher Sparks 18

    05/6 34 OXFORD DRIVE, EASTCOTE The Everyday Story of a House Roger Smith 21



    05/9 SOCIETY OUTINGS 2005 Sylvia Ladyman 30

    05/10 Obituary - R. G. Edwards 1921 - 2005 Eileen M. Bowlt 31

    Ruislip, Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society

    Journal 2005

    Cover picture: The Sigers (Denise Shackell)

    Designed and edited by Brian Grisdale

    Copyright © November 2005 individual authors and RNELHS.

    Membership of the Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society is open to all who are interested in local history. For further information please enquire at a meeting of the SOciety or contact the Membership Secretary. Meetings areheld on the third Monday of eachmonth from September to April and are open to visitors.

    An active Research Group supports those who are enquiring into or wishing to increase our understanding of the history of the ancient parish of Ruislip (the present Rulsiip, Northwood and Eastcote). Its members are largely responsible for the papers in this Journal, and for other Society publications that areproduced from time to time.

  • Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote Local History Society

    Registered Charity No. 289234

    COMMITTEE 2005 - 2006

    President Leonard Krause 01923836074

    Chairman Eileen Bowlt 01895 638060 7 Croft Gardens, Ruislip HA4 8EY

    Secretary Sus an Toms 01895 637134 3 Elmbridge Close, Ruislip HA4 7XA

    Treasurer Iessica Eastwood 0208 621 5379 68 Nibthwaite Road, Harrow HA11TG

    Membership Secretary Delia Montlake 01895 676663 34b Eastcote Road, RUislip HA4 8DQ

    Minutes Secretary Mary Pache 01895 635890

    Editor Brian Grisdale 01895673299

    Outings Organiser Sylvia Ladyman 01895673305

    Eric Spanier 01895636026

    Karen Spink 0208 866 7279

    Martin Whalen 0208933 1277

    LECTURE PROGRAMME 2005 - 2006

    Ruis1ip, Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society

    ii Journa12005


    September 19

    October 17

    Medieval Pinner Patricia Clarke

    November 21

    December 19

    AGM and Lost Elysium? Richard Piper Metroland and its legacy in Ruislip, Eastcote & Ickenham

    The Life and Work of Sir John Soane Susan Palmer

    The Gentleman's Magazine in the 18th Century Alan Ruston


    January 16 'Idle Women' Runnalls Davis Volunteer Boatwomen of World War 11

    February 20

    March 20

    Around Fleet Street: a history John Garrod

    Church Bellringing David Rowlands

    The Art of Work: William Morris and Socialism Roger Huddle

    Meetings are held on Mondays at 8.15 pm in St. Martin's Church Hall, Ruislip

    April 24


    by Eileen M. Bowlt

    In the 2003 edition of this journal I wrote about James Rogers of Eastcote House, ending the story with his death in July 1738. He left behind a sixteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, who had to cope not only with grief and loneliness, but also had to turn her hand to business and run a large estate. This is her story.

    Elizabeth Rogers was the daughter of lames Rogers and his wife, lane, granddaughter of Ralph Hawtrey 1626-1725 (See family tree, page 9). Following the deaths of her mother and elder brother who were buried at St Martin's within three weeks of each other in February 1736, Elizabeth was left as her father's sole heir to the former Hawtrey estate in Ruislip. Elizabeth's half sister, Frances, the child of lames Rogers's first marriage to Frances Arundell of Northolt, inherited property in Cleveland Row (by the stable yard of St lames's Palace) and a dwelling called Bandon in Ansty, Herts and St Catherine's Farm in Howletts Lanei. She lived in King's Square, Kensington, where she lived with their grandmother Mrs Betty Rogers. When both these women died within days of each other in August 1739 all that property also descended to Elizabeth Rogers and she became administratrix of her grandmother's goods and chattels. In these early years Elizabeth herself was often referred to as Miss Betty Rogers.

    The relevant part of lames Rogers's will read ... 'I give devise and bequeath all and every my leasehold estates held of the Provost and Fellows of King's College in Cambridge. And also the Rectory and tythes of Ruislip which I hold by lease of the Dean and Chapter of Windsor unto my daughter Elizabeth Rogers her executors, administrators and assigns. And I give and assign and bequeath all the rest of what nature or kind so ever unto my said daughter Elizabeth Rogers whom I make Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. '2. Despite her youth and sex she proved the will herself at Doctors Commons a fortnight after her father's death 'and was informed I was of age sufficient to do so. '3

    The Hawtrey papers at the London Metropolitan Archive include letters relating to Elizabeth's brother, Ralph Rogers, during his childhood and show that he had been at Harrow Schools, but make no mention of Elizabeth's education. Following her mother's death she may have supervised the running of the household, but one wonders how well versed she could have been in estate management. Her father had prepared her in some measure for future responsibilities, desiring her to seek help from Mr Lynch near Bennet Street near St lames's in any affairs of moment! and there was a steward at Eastcote.

    When lames Rogers's lease of the rectorial tithes from the Dean and Canons of Windsor came up for renewal in 1740,Richard Lynch advised her that although not yet of age she could renew it, but that if her father had appointed a guardian or trustee his name would have to be joined to hers on the new lease. Elizabeth drafted a reply explaining 'My father making the will so sudden as the day on which he died its likely occasioned its not having all that necessary to one more deliberately made, he therein not having named any Guardian or Trustee for me '6. She decided to pay for the lease 'by drawing a bill on Mr Child's bank at Temple Bar.' Her grandfather, [ohn Rogers had been a goldsmith and a partner of Francis Child at the sign of the Marigold at Temple Bar and she continued to use the bank.

    The College leases had come up the same year and by some mistake they had not had seals affixed. Mr Lynch advised her not to worry as she had paid and received a receipt for the money, but to wait for the next College Seal due at Christmas.

    Ruislip, Northwood & Eastcote Local History Society

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  • Marriage prospects and relatives

    Elizabeth Rogers amused herself by buying lottery tickets and her relatives in London searched the books to find out whether she had won any prizes. jl, Kentish, a connection of the Arundells condoled with her in June 1739 on her bad luck, but consoled her with the thought that 'tho we have blanks in the lottery we won't repine but hope for better luck in busbends'? It is clear that making a good marriage yourself or promoting suitable alliances among your relatives was a major concern of the women in Elizabeth Rogers's circle. Most of the feminine letters in the Hawtrey papers contain gossipy references to weddings - marriages where there was a discrepancy of fortune or age, runaway matches, or potential husbands for someone or other. As an independent woman of property and means Elizabeth Rogers was a desirable catch and many of her relatives and friends make arch references to possible suitors, particularly to a 'Mr B'. 'I think it an age since I heard from you but you are so taken up playing shuttlecock with Mr B that t'is very excusable' wrote a cousin Mary Needham in April 17408.

    Elizabeth needed to beware of fortune hunters and a friend to help her repel them. In this she turned to Mr Lynch, treating him very much as a confidant in personal as well as business matters. In June 1739he offered friendly advice on avoiding too intimate a contact with unwelcome visitors at Eastcote. 'I am informed likewise that you have had some late visitors which perhaps you would have been as well without having and that you are to be further visited by them in a short time. Methinks you may have Mrs Sheppard in some measure with you, as particular occasion may require, though as your guests are more than a few I see not that you will be likely be with anyone of them alone more than you may care for.... '9 He goes on to offer her an escape route by advising her to tell her guests that she needs to see him on business before he goes out of town and invites her to stay at his house in London. He also suggests that she refer 'any discourse broached to you on any subject' to him, thus stopping any importunities.

    He wondered whether her 'eosin Sally' could come soon or whether she could seek some other person as a companion. Cousin Sally was Sarah Needham, a relation on Elizabeth's father's side.



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