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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #60 on: April 06, 2019, 07:34:20 PM »
Great stuff.
Please do keep those splendid updates coming.
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #61 on: April 06, 2019, 07:34:35 PM »
Keg beer! Away with you Sir!  ;)
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #62 on: April 06, 2019, 07:38:32 PM »
William Routledge, who lived at 24 Railway Cuttings with his Mother Elizabeth, next door to Anthony Hancock, offered to paint a new sign which he did, completing it a couple of months later.
Did Syd James, Bill Kerr and Hattie Jaques live with Mr Hancock?  :D
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #63 on: April 06, 2019, 07:46:09 PM »
What are you suggesting Laurence? Actually, Hattie was the occasional housekeeper to Mr. Hancock.
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #64 on: April 07, 2019, 07:01:57 AM »
In June 1947, John Le Mesurier went to the Players' Theatre in London, where among the performers was Hattie Jacques. They began to see each other regularly; Le Mesurier was still married, albeit estranged from his wife. In 1949, when his divorce came through, Jacques proposed to Le Mesurier, asking him, "Don't you think it's about time we got married?". The couple married in November 1949 and had two sons.

Jacques began an affair in 1962 with her driver, John Schofield. When she decided to move Schofield into the family home, Le Mesurier moved into a separate room. He later commented: "I could have walked out, but, whatever my feelings, I loved Hattie and the children and I was certain—I had to be certain—that we could repair the damage". The affair caused a downturn in his health; he collapsed on holiday in Tangier in 1963 and was hospitalised in Gibraltar. He returned to London to find the situation between his wife and her lover was unchanged, which caused a relapse.

During the final stages of the breakdown of his marriage, Le Mesurier met Joan Malin at the Establishment club in Soho in 1963. The following year he moved out of his marital house, and that day proposed to Joan, who accepted his offer. Le Mesurier allowed Jacques to bring a divorce suit on grounds of his own infidelity, to ensure that the press blamed him for the break-up, thus avoiding any negative publicity for Jacques. Le Mesurier and Malin married in March 1966. A few months after they were married, Joan began a relationship with Tony Hancock, and left Le Mesurier to move in with the comedian. Hancock was a self-confessed alcoholic and was verbally and physically abusive to Joan during their relationship. After a year together, with Hancock's violence towards her worsening, Joan attempted suicide; she subsequently realised that she could no longer live with Hancock and returned to her husband. Despite this, Le Mesurier remained friends with Hancock, calling him "a comic of true genius, capable of great warmth and generosity, but a tormented and unhappy man". Without Le Mesurier's knowledge, Joan resumed her affair with Hancock and, when the comic moved to Australia in 1968, she planned to follow him if he was able to overcome his alcoholism. She abandoned these plans and remained with Le Mesurier after Hancock committed suicide on 25 June 1968.
[source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Le_Mesurier]

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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #65 on: April 07, 2019, 07:45:26 AM »
Thank you for that informative and full account of 101 things I didn't know about Hattie Jacques. :thumbsup:
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #66 on: April 07, 2019, 09:59:45 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
     Looking really excellent David, very clever storyline   :thumbsup:
Thank you for that informative and full account of 101 things I didn't know about Hattie Jacques. :thumbsup:
  Seconded thanks Greywolf
       regards Derek.

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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #67 on: April 27, 2019, 07:49:11 PM »
Okay, time for the next instalment

Part X

Sir Andrew and Lady Cooke currently live in the Manor House, situated at the eastern end of the village. The Manor House has been in the Cooke family since the middle of the 19th century, although it has not always stood in its current position.  Sir William Herbert Cooke, (1830-1893), the Great Great Great Grandfather of Sir Andrew, built the original Manor House further south east than its current position. Sir William made his fortune from investing carefully, including a sizeable investment in the South Tentdale, Exland And Marple Railway and eventually became Chairman of the Board.  He was made a Baronet in 1875 mainly because of his philanthropic endeavours. His son, Sir Henry Hubert, carried on his father’s philanthropic way of living. When Sir Henry died in 1925, his son, Hubert Charles, inherited the title and the Manor House.  He had, over the years, invested the family fortune in various enterprises and increased the family wealth. However, nobody was to know that the Great Depression was round the corner. By 1935, the majority of the family fortune was wiped out. The Manor House fell into a state of disrepair and Sir Hubert Charles Cooke, his wife Lady Mary and son Daniel, (nicknamed ‘DC’), were forced to live in just four rooms of the Manor House. All the servants, with the exception of the butler, Parker and the cook, Penelope, (usually referred to as ‘Penny’), were let go. Sir Hubert died in 1938 and it is a long held belief that the Great Depression was the cause of his death.
Things were not as bad as they could have been though, as Sir Henry, the Grandfather of Daniel, with great foresight, had created a trust, (unbeknown to any members of the family), which was activated when his grandson, Daniel, reached 40 years of age. This trust was the saviour of the family. Sir Daniel, as he became when his father died in 1938, had married a lady called Jane and she was herself, from a wealthy family. It was decided in 1945 that, due to the rundown state of the Manor House and its sheer size, a new, smaller, Manor House would be built in the grounds and the original house demolished. Another reason for this decision was that the S.T.E.A.M. Railway wanted to expand their maintenance facility and had approached Sir Daniel with a view to purchasing some of the land adjoining the existing facility. Sir Daniel had carried on the affiliation with the railway company, being a member of the board. However, to allay any fears of a conflict of interest, Sir Daniel resigned his position on the board. A substantial parcel of land was subsequently sold to the railway company and a new maintenance facility was eventually built. Another, smaller parcel of land was sold to a Herbert Padley, a local man who had a reputation as a ‘fixer of mechanicals’ in the area. Herbert built himself a garage on the land and as well as being an excellent mechanic, he installed petrol pumps and sold a few cars and tractors.
Sir Daniel was a generous man and had donated a sizeable sum to the Directors at Wakefields Dairy, to be used for the benefit of the injured during the bombing in 1944. He also donated an amount of money to the local Council on the proviso that street lights were erected along the main street.

Sir Daniel and Lady Jane had one son, Donald Charles Cooke, (known as ‘DCC’) who themselves had one son, the current Sir Andrew. But, the observant reader may have noticed that every male heir, certainly from Sir William onwards, only ever had one son. It was thought that some long forgotten curse was to blame, but Sir Donald and his wife Lady Felicity, surprised everyone after the birth of their son Andrew in 1945, because, they also had a daughter, Susan, although she did take six years to arrive! Sir Donald, with the agreement of the whole family, decided to grow a maze at the rear of the Manor House in celebration. There have been some extensions to the Manor House since it was finally ready to occupy in 1947 and the maze still survives.


First we have some pictures of Mr. Padley's garage, 2 of the frontage and 1 of the rear -







Now we have some pictures of the Manor House -







An aerial view which shows the maze -



And finally a night view -



For those of you interested in the details, the Manor House is a 'bashed' Metcalfe Manor House Farm. The maze was constructed by cutting strips of household scourers, with a bit of scatter err .. 'scattered'. The fountain is also a Metcalfe kit. The lights in the gate posts are fibre optic cable fed by a bulb underneath the board.

There is a bit more history to come regarding the Manor House, but I thought that this post was getting to be a bit long!
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #68 on: April 27, 2019, 08:39:35 PM »
Excellent post David.

Enjoyed the story and the photos of the manor are great.

Thank you.

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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #69 on: April 28, 2019, 08:57:11 AM »
Excellent post David.

Enjoyed the story and the photos of the manor are great.

Thank you.

Alec.

I cannot express these sentiments better than Alec already has, so... seconded!

Many thanks and best wishes.

John
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« Reply #70 on: April 29, 2019, 10:59:08 PM »
Excellent post David.

Enjoyed the story and the photos of the manor are great.

Thank you.

Alec.

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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #71 on: May 12, 2019, 12:27:10 PM »
There is not much to report on the construction side of things, as I have been scratch building a 6 lane engine shed. It has been a bit awkward, as there are hardly any 90 degree angles involved!  :'(

Anyway, we have the next instalment of the history of 'Averingcliffe', followed by some updated pictures.

Part XI
Sir Andrew Cooke has finally taken delivery of his new Austin Princess and to say he is delighted is an understatement. When thinking of buying a new car, he was toying with the idea of getting a Rolls Royce, but decided that that might have been a bit too ostentatious. The car was actually collected a couple of days ago, from the main dealer, by Herbert Padley, who, you may recall, owns the garage in the village. Herbert has been checking over the car and as he said to Sir Andrew when he handed over the car this morning, “She is a real beauty Sir”. Sir Andrew is like a child with a new toy, being in and out of the car all morning and insisting that his wife, Lady Joan, put away her needlework and accompany him on the cars first proper outing. Lady Joan was quite impressed with the comfort and smoothness of the ride.

Whilst the general maintenance of the car will be done by Mr. Padley, the cleaning will be done by the handyman/gardener at the Manor House, Sydney James. Sydney lives in a nearby village and drives over to the Manor house in his Ford Anglia twice a week normally. Sydney is quite friendly with the housekeeper/cook at the Manor House, a widow called Alice McCarthy. Her late husband, Alfred was a fireman on the S.T.E.A.M. Railway who fell from the footplate of an engine when it was derailed following a collision with some cows on the line a number of years previously. Sadly he died from his injuries a few days later. It has been known for Alice to accompany Sydney on the occasional trip in his Anglia.

Sydney is also friendly with Anthony Hancock, who lives in Railway Cuttings and they quite often go for a drink in ‘The Duchess’.

Sir Andrew and Lady Joan do host the occasional dinner party at the Manor House and the Directors and their spouses at Wakefield Dairies can regularly be seen attending various do’s at the Manor house. Once a year, usually on the last Sunday in August, Sir Andrew and Lady Joan, along with the Directors at the dairy, host a street party for the whole village. Everybody is invited and, usually, the weather is kind. Various entertainments are provided, including a clown and Punch and Judy show for the children and, in the evening, the adults are invited to the Manor House for an informal party.


Now for some pictures. The first shows Sir Andrews new Austin princess parked outside the Manor House. The Ford Anglia owned by Syd can be seen at the side, (the building that can be seen at the rear of the Manor House is the new engine shed - more details in the next episode) -


Now we have two photo's of the Royal Mail Depot in 'full swing', followed by the exhibits outside the Museum -




Finally, we have a photo' of the garage, showing Mr. Padley attending to a customer -


« Last Edit: May 12, 2019, 12:29:46 PM by dannyboy »
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #72 on: May 12, 2019, 12:35:26 PM »
Thanks for the updates David.
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #73 on: May 12, 2019, 08:40:06 PM »
Excellent, David.

Many thanks.

Best wishes.

John
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Re: Averingcliffe
« Reply #74 on: May 13, 2019, 06:49:21 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
 Many thanks David
     regards Derek.

 

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