I found this photo of Yeldersley Hall circa 1910. It was sent to the Yeldersley Hall site recently by a lady in South Australia whose grandmother used to work in service there. I wonder if she was working there when my great grandfather Ernest Beresford FitzHerbert Wright (1875-1942) was living there with his family in 1911.
George Graham has worked his magic again and created a page for Ernest and his father-in-law Sir Charles Douglas Fox. George has shown that Ernest is living at the 30 roomed Yeldersley Hall in the 1911 census with his wife Lucy Adeline (née Fox) and his daughters Veronica Mary, Rosemary Louise (my grandmother) and Iris Lucy, together with 9 Servants. I’ve asked my brother if he has photos of Ernest and Lucy, and hope to add these soon.
In the scrapbook of my great great Agnes Fox (daughter of Sir Charles above) there’s an entry from her sister Lucy below from Oct 12th at 1905 at Yeldersley which is a few months after my grandmother Rosemary was born. The census shows her as being born in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, so I’m guessing she was born at Yeldersley.
If you have a friend worth loving, Love him. Yes, and let him know That you love him, ere life’s evening Tinge his brow with sunset glow. Why should good words ne’er be said Of a friend – till he is dead?
Scatter thus your seeds of kindness All enriching as you go – Leave them. Trust the Harvest-Giver: He will make each seed to grow. So, until the happy end, Your life shall never lack a friend. (J.H. Brown)
There’s also a poem from a Catherine M. Wright on the same day at Yeldersley. I think this was probably Catherine Marriott Bosanquet who married Francis Anthony Cedric Wright. Francis would have been the cousin of both Ernest and Lucy. He was the son of Philip Wright and Alice Elizabeth Bury, and grandson of Francis Wright of OsmastonManor and Selina FitzHerbert. Catherine was the daughter of Edmund Fletcher Bosanquet:
Dear one, let thy life below,
Like a strain of music flow,
Ever brighter, purer, higher
Till it swell the angel choir.
Be thy life a star of light,
Shining through the dusky night,
Till it shine with sunlight ray,
Through the one eternal day.