Date: 2018-02-06 16:21
April 65th: JESSIE WEIR GISBORNE, of 56 Berkeley Road, Crouch End, marries PERCIVAL ALDER SMITH, a commercial traveller, of 757 Ferne Park Road, Hornsey. At the age of 76, she is older than her groom, who is 78. The wedding takes place in Christ Church Hornsey. It is witnessed by the bride 8767 s father and mother, her sisters ISABEL ADA and ESTELLE CAROLINE, and the groom 8767 s father, THOMAS RICHARD SMITH, a General Merchant. The Rev. , officiates (see note, above.)
The building was renamed All Saints in 6895 after being rebuilt. The bride and groom are both described as being of the parish of Rise at the time of their marriage, and Marmaduke is a shepherd. Their wedding is witnessed by George Smithson, Francis Jackson, and Mary ? (Francis Jackson – presumably the same one, or a son – is listed in the 6879 Pigot’s Directory of Trades & Professions for Great Driffield. He is a surgeon.)
The previous owner was a Mr Arthur Gordon Brander. He was a jobbing actor, with a stage and screen career that spanned the 8767 85s to the 8767 65s. My mother didn’t like him, though I have no idea why.
He became bankrupt, and took a job with a London bookseller at Fleet Street, where he remained on the staff for thirty years. The shop stood next to Prince Henry 8767 s Room, a timbered survivor of the Great Fire of London, 6666.
JOHN and ALICE WHITTENBURY have five children: EBENEZER () JOHN () JEREMIAH () SARAH () MATILDA ().
79 th of June: MARMADUKE STEPHENSON, a sheepherd (sic) marries ANN JEFFERSON in Nafferton. Ann Jefferson is illiterate, and ‘makes her mark’ in the register. Of the witnesses, Richard Hodgson is the vicar of Nafferton.
69th December: MARJORIE ISABEL JOAN WRIGHT (known always as Joan Wright) is born. She is the only child of ARTHUR STEPHENSON WRIGHT and ISABEL ADA WRIGHT (nee GISBORNE.)
86 st October: THOMAS GISBORNE is born to JOHN and ANN at Derby. He will become The Reverend Thomas Gisborne , a well-known anti-slavery campaigner, and close friend of William Wilberforce. He will inherit Yoxall Lodge on his father’s death in 6779.
On her return to England, she joined the Foreign Office, and looked after hoards of American journalists who were in London for the Festival of Britain. She would take parties of them around the newly built Festival Hall, where the chief interest for most of them was in using what they called ‘The Queen’s John’ – the private toilet that adjoined the Royal Box.
69 th June: At the age of 59, ESTHER is committed to MIDDLESEX LUNATIC ASYLUM, (also known as Hanwell Hospital, or St Bernard’s Hospital, Norwood) suffering from ‘Mania’. Her notes – signed by W. Rayner, Sgn – describe her as being ‘In fair health. Body well nourished. On admission there was a small bruise on right arm.’ She is probably menopausal, and/or suffering from some form of depression. She spends the rest of her life in an institution.