In 1725 the Pateshall family bought Allensmore Court and it remained in their family until it was demolished in 1957 following the death of the last of the family line.
The Pateshalls of Allensmore Court
Throughout their years at Allensmore Court, the Pateshall family proved themselves to be kind and generous – indeed, they donated most of the money needed to restore the church in 1880, and Evan Pateshall donated the land for the building of a village school in 1870. (The school closed in 1957, but the building is now used as a village hall).
Servants were clearly well treated and many remained loyal for many years – in 1863 it was reported that Henry Neat, aged 43, died after many years being the faithful servant of Mrs. Burnam Pateshall; then in 1859, Mrs. Elizabeth Harper died at Allensmore Court aged 53, being described as “the faithful and attached servant of Mrs. Burnam Pateshall”.
In 1939, Alfred Kitson of Hereford, died aged 74 and the headlines were “Faithful Servant – Family Tribute to Dead Employee.” It went on to say that for 60 years he worked in the gardens at Allensmore Court, and served three generations of the Pateshall family, including Lt. Col. Evan P. Pateshall (died 1912) and Col. Henry Evan Pateshall, Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire and Chairman of the County Territorial Association.
Rear Admiral Nicholas Lechmere Pateshall
Nicholas was the fourth son of Edmund Pateshall, born 13th September 1781. He survived his elder brother, Edmund Burnam Pateshall and succeeded to his estates in 1848. He remained on active service until 1816, being engaged in many distinguished actions. He died 18th October 1854
Evan was the youngest son of David Thomas of Radnorshire, and was born December 1817. He was educated in Shrewsbury, and then King’s College London. He became a Magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire as well as for Brecon and Radnor. He commanded one of the companies of the Hereford Rifle Volunteers’
Evan married Anne Elizabeth in 1842, she being the only child of William Pateshall. He took on the name Pateshall in 1855.
He died on April 9th 1885 aged 67.
Miss Alice Muriel Pateshall
I do love descriptions of weddings, and Alice’s in 1915 sounded lovely.
“A very pretty and fashionable wedding, and one of considerable interest to West Suffolk was solemnised at St. Mary’s Church, Kington, Herefordshire, when Mr. Windsor Duncan Parker, son of the late Duncan Parker J.P. and of Mrs. Parker, Clopton Hall, Woolpit, Suffolk, was married to Miss Alice Muriel Pateshall, daughter of the late Lieut. Col. Henry Evan Pateshall of Allensmore Court, Hereford. Owing to the war, the marriage took place very quietly. The ceremony was performed by the Lord Bishop of Hereford, assisted by the Rev. R. Pelly. The bride, who was given away by her mother, Mrs. Pateshall, was charmingly attired in a gown of silver toned charmeuse draped with an exquisite old Brussels lace shawl to form an Empire coat, with sprays of myrtle and orange flowers and Brussels net veil. She carried a beautiful bouquet of white carnations, lilies of the valley and white heather, and wore a pearl and diamond necklet, the gift of the bridegroom. There were no bridesmaids; the bride’s mother wore a gown of soft lavender brocade of simple design, with a beautiful blonde lace fichu draped with a velvet flower. Mrs. Duncan Parker, the bridegroom’s mother was attired in black charmeuse draped with black lace.
Allensmore Court Household and servants 1851 census
|Millborough Burnam Pateshall||67||b. Barford, Shropshire|
|Emma Robert||22||Kitchenmaid, b. Peterchurch, Herefordshire|
|Catherine Preece||24||Housemaid, b. Madley, Herefordshire|
|John Baker||21||Footman, b. Herefordshire|
|Henry Neal||30||Coachman, b. Lugwardine, Herefordshire|
Allensmore Court Household and servants 1861 census
|Evan Pateshall||44||Magistrate and land owner, b. Radnorshire|
|Ann E. Pateshall||46||Wife, b. Hereford|
|Elizabeth Pateshall||68||Mother in law; funds holder, b. Kings Pyon, Herefordshire|
|Elizabeth Bray||44||House Servant, b. Stretton Sugwas, Herefordshire|
|Elizabeth Price||27||House servant, b. Breconshire|
|Thomas Straffan||25||Groom, b. Northumberland|
|Mary Ann Woolford||25||House Servant, b. Burghill, Herefordshire|
|Margaret Williams||22||House Servant, b. Hereford|
Allensmore Court Household and servants 1871 census
|Evan Pateshall||53||Magistrate and land owner, b. Radnorshire|
|Anne E. Pateshall||56||Wife, b. Herefordshire|
|Elizabeth Pateshall||78||Mother in Law and fund holder, b. Kings Pyon, Herefordshire|
|Elizabeth Bray||54||Housekeeper, b. Stretton Sugwas, Herefordshire|
|Sarah Gwalkin||37||Ladies’ Maid, b. Kilpeck, Herefordshire|
|Sarah J. Hinton||27||Housemaid, b. Holme Lacy, Herefordshire|
|Ann Griffiths||19||Kitchen Maid, b. Pipe and Lyde, Herefordshire|
|Isabella Dearden||19||Housemaid, b. Breconshire|
|William Vizard||18||Footman, b. Broadway, Worcestershire|
Allensmore Court Household and servants 1881 census
|Evan Pateshall||63||Magistrate and land owner, b. Radnor|
|Anne E Pateshall||66||Wife, b. Hereford|
|Essex Holcombe||34||Nephew, not engaged in any profession, b. Pembroke|
|Elizabeth Bray||64||Housekeeper, b. Stretton Sugwas, Herefordshire|
|Ellen Terry||25||Parlour Maid, b. Somerset|
|Louisa Snook||21||Housemaid, b. Glamorgan|
|Alice Williams||19||Kitchen maid, b. Abbeydore, Herefordshire|
Allensmore Court Household and servants 1891 census
|Anne E. Pateshall||76||Widow, living on own means, b. Hereford|
|Essex Holcombe||44||Nephew, Secretary, b. Pembroke|
|Catherine Holcombe||77||Sister in law, living on own means, b. Radnorshire|
|Mary E.T. Holcombe||36||Niece, living on own means, b. Pembroke|
|Elizabeth Bray||74||Housekeeper, b. Herefordshire|
|Eliza Fickling||27||Parlour Maid, b. Norfolk|
|Sarah Pugh||23||Housemaid, b. Glasbury|
|Mary Ann Cooke||24||Kitchen Maid, b. Hereford|
|Herbert Burghall||15||Page, b. Allensmore, Herefordshire|
Allensmore Court Household and servants 1901 census
|Anne E. Pateshall||86||Widow, b. Hereford|
|Eliza J. Horn||59||Visitor|
|Eliza J. Burridge||37||Housekeeper, b. Somerset|
|Harriet M. Preece||32||Housemaid, b. Goodrick, Herefordshire|
|Edith C. Preece||25||Parlour Maid, b. Goodrich, Herefordshire|
|Bertha Lane||24||Housemaid, b. Hereford|
|Ellen Parsons||15||Kitchen Maid, b. Gloucester|
|Samuel Davies||15||Page, b. Eardisley, Herefordshire|