Seedly House Leintwardine was built in the 18th century, and although not the prettiest of buildings it was home to the Mason family for a great many years in the 19th century during which time they made improvements to the interior.

A typical middle class 19th century wedding

In May 1863, one of the daughters of William Mason of Seedly House, Eliza, married Mr. C. Wright and the Leintwardine villagers made much of the occasion.

An early morning start

At five in the morning, the boom of a cannon woke everyone up, and an hour later all the villagers were hard at work making the preparations for the wedding party. Arches and other emblems were erected to show respect for the house of Seedly, but there was also a very genuine love for the bride who had been born in Leintwardine and had grown up amongst the villagers.

The village is decorated

The village looked beautiful, and it was said that if magic had been used it could not have been transformed in a shorter time. Everyone no matter what their age or status lent a hand and brought something to add to the appearance of the village, many remarking that it was not enough to show their affection for the bride. There were floral arches with flags at every turn, and indeed there seemed to be something of a competitive streak in some of the constructors, with everyone striving to outdo everyone else.
It seems that Eliza was always ready to be charitable and kind, but without any vanity or pride. Poor and rich alike loved her.

The Wedding

At ten in the morning, the wedding party departed from Seedly House – four carriages were used; the first containing William Mason, the bride and the bride’s sister. It was a brand new and very elegant carriage, built by Griffiths of Ludlow and it was much admired. The whole party included Mr. and Mrs.Mason,Miss Elizabeth Mason, Miss Lucy and Miss Alice Mason (both bridesmaids), Mr. W. Mason,Mr.G. Mason, and J.Beard who was best man.
At the church a throng of very esteemed people from near and far had gathered; the church had been tastefully decorated with ivy and creepers, and lovely white flowers.
Once the ceremony in front of 500 people was over, the bells rang out in glorious peal as the wedding party made their way outside – they more or less had to force their way through the crowds of well wishers, and some twenty children from the National School all dressed in white threw flowers from baskets onto the carpet covered path.
In addition, twelve white dressed girls held wreaths of flowers to form a floral arch under which the wedding party had to pass on their way back to Seedly House to partake of a splendid lunch after which the happy couple set off to Craven Arms station en route for London. Their departure was marked by a huge amount of old shoes being thrown at them with enthusiastic cheering and many prayers and good wishes for health and happiness.

1841 – Seedly House Household


William Mason 31
Rebecca Mason 31
William Mason 6
Jane Mason 5
Rebecca Mason 4
Mary Mason 3
Eliza Mason 2
Elizabeth Mason 11 months


1851 – Seedly House Household

William Mason 41 Landed Proprietor b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Rebecca Mason 42 Wife b. Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
Jane Mason 15 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Rebecca Mason 14 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Mary Mason 12 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Eliza Mason 11 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Mason 10 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Lucy Mason 4 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Frances Mason 3 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Margaret Taylor 30 Cook b. Salop
Caroline Woodhouse 24 Housemaid b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Margaret Williams 13 Nurse b. Salop
John Harris 31 Groom b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire

1861 – Seedly House Household

William Mason 51 Magistrate, Deputy Lieut. Of County of Herefordshire b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Rebecca Haynes Mason 52 Wife b. Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire
Eliza Ann Mason 21 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Mason 20 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Lucy Mason 14 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Frances Alice Mason 13 Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Wright 22 Visitor b. Wentworth, Derbyshire
Emma Jones ?? Housemaid b. Bromfield, Salop
Mary Ann Savage 22 Cook b. Herefordshire

1871 – Seedly House Household

William Mason 61 Magistrate and landowner b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
George J. Mason 27 Son b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Clara Mason 23 Daughter in law and farmers wife b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Nelly Mason 3 Grand Daughter b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
William Mason 11 months Grandson b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
George Griffiths 21 Groom and general domestic servant b. Herefordshire
Fanny Griffiths 19 Cook b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Jasmine Davies 15 Housemaid b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire
Ada Jones 12 Undermaid b. Leintwardine, Herefordshire


By 1881 George was a widower and had moved to farm in Downton Rock, and Charles Longueville Clerke eventually moved into Seedly House.  He was born in Oswestry and educated at Rugby before going up to Cambridge University, initially at Trinity but he migrated to Christs.  He remained unmarried all his life, and died at Seedly house in 1910.


1901 – Seedly House Household

Charles Longueville Clerke 71  Living on own means b. Salop
Mary Wiles 50 cook b. Salop
Jane Bayliss 35 Parlourmaid b. Brimfield, Herefordshire
James Hughes 49 Groomsman b. Onibury, Salop
Clara Evans 16 Kitchenmaid b. Radnor