House Library 1816 to 1916
|Some major entries on this page:|
|This company was paid|
|For circulars||6s 9d||7/6/1873|
|For unspecified reasons:||6s 8d||24/4/1874||1s 2d||24/5/1874||13s 2d||25/5/1874|
|Mary Sanday made frequent requests for consideration by the Book Committee including:|
|She bought books from the Library for:|
|4s 0d||30/11/1900||8s 0d||7/12/1905||3s 3d||11/12/1909||5s 3d||20/11/1914|
|3s 6d||13/11/1901||8s 6d||10/12/1906||4s 3d||25/11/1910||5s 3d||3/12/1915|
|2s 6d||26/11/1902||1s 6d||7/11/1907||5s 3d||16/12/1911|
|7s 0d||4/12/1903||1s 6d||11/12/1908||5s 9d||6/12/1912|
|6s 9d||2/12/1904||1s 0d||12/12/1908||8s 9d||12/12/1913|
gravestones are in the churchyard at
St Edmund's church at Holme Pierrepont
Mary Alice Sanday
Born: 20/5/1852; Died: 18/11/1942.
Elizabeth Mary Sanday
Born: 7/2/1849; Died: 2/11/1917.
Born at Holme Pierrepont: 24/8/1816;
Died at Radcliffe-on-Trent: 17/10/1896.
Also his wife,
Born: 16/1/1815; Died: 21/4/1885.
[4128-a & 4128-s]
|Edmund Percy: new shares or debentures - 1883;||Robert Evans: alterations and building at Bromley House -1883;|
|Michael Browne: rates liability sub committee -1885;||John Cummings Banwell -1893.|
|J. William Moore: chronicles and memorials;|
|He resigned as Honorary secretary in 1892 and the Annual Report for that year included:|
|The Committee regret to announce that they have received from Mr. S. H. Sands his resignation of the office of Honorary Secretary, the duties of which have been most ably discharged by him for upwards of eleven years, with considerable benefit to the Institution. Mr. H. E. Hubbart, a member of the Committee, has kindly expressed his willingness to accept the post of Honorary Secretary, if it be the pleasure of the Subscribers to elect him.|
|The signature of
Samuel Herrick Sands
bought from the Library:
|British Traveller newspaper||£3 15s 0d||2/7/1827||Times||£2 5s 0d||14/2/1832||Albion||£3 7s 0d||16/3/1833|
|Newsroom Subscription Book 1831-1834.|
|He bought books from the Library for:|
|15s 0d||21/8/1899||£1 12s 0d||13/7/1903||£2 5s 0d||7/9/1907|
|£1 5s 0d||16/7/1900||£1 6s 0d||27/7/1904|
|£1 8s 0d||23/7/1902||£1 11s 6d||23/8/1905|
|Her diaries recorded her visits.|
||She was teaching the children of Henry Thornton at 58 The Ropewalk as a daily governess.||Saturday April 7th||Went
to Bromley House and answered questions of 1st Exam paper.
||She was apparently doing a ‘mock’ examination paper to see if she was up to scratch.|
|Saturday May 5th||Went to Bromley House.|
||She was still teaching the Thornton's younger children and escorting the older girls to social functions, etc.||Monday Feb 3rd||Took Mr Grimshaw in Bromley House to show him Deering's Nottm. book.||Grimshaw was her minister at the Wesleyan Chapel, Mansfield Road.|
|She mentions calling in at Bromley House Library|
|Dinner at the Eagle and then went to Library and fell asleep till 3 then went to Wilford on my Bicycle.||Almost certainly this is Bromley House again.|
||By this time she was no longer teaching.||Tuesday
|I met Mr Hicking at 4 o'clock, Bromley House to decide about Party arrangements.||These arrangements were for her Men's Bible Class outing to Brackenhurst a few days later.|
the signature of
John Alexander Simpson
[4264, 4047 & 4253]
|Rev Robert Simpson (c.1783-1847) was the
A brass plate in the church records:
|By his unwearied exertions the cemetery was obtained, the National School erected; the church and churchyard also were repaired and beautified.|
|The cost of adapting and
enclosing the cemetery was
£331 15s 10d of which Rev Simpson contributed
£114 17s 10d (35%).
|Sir George Smith
(1713 - 1769)
|In 1802 he had to mortgage his property and Jonas Bettison of Holme Pierrepont advanced £3450 for:|
|..... all the said houses outhouses edifices buildings barns stables dovehouses yards gardens orchards curtilages commons and common of pasture piscary turbary timber and other trees woods underwood and the ground and soil thereof hedges ditches mounds fences lights easements waters watercourses ponds fisheries fishing-places liberties franchises privileges commodities advancements emoluments and hereditaments.|
|This was obviously a legal catchall statement and not an indication of what was actually on the property at that time.|
|After Sir George’s death his
affairs were taken
to the Court of Chancery and the house - - - -
|‘a Freehold mansion called Bromley House, with the garden and pleasure ground thereunto belonging and the warehouses and buildings adjoining’|
|- - - - was sold at an auction at the Blackamoor’s Head on 12 & 13/4/1820 for £2750.|
|The minute of 6/4/1829 records that Mrs Hardy, widow of the first Librarian, was ....|
|.... presented with an Hospital by Mr Smith and that the situation will be vacated.|
|The label on the slip case reads:
Pedigree of the Smith Family (presented to Bromley House Library by F.C. Smith Esq (2 copies)
|The letter reads:
F.C. Smith will
thank the Librarian
to place the enclosed
copies of pedigrees
|This letter must have been written after 1842 as that is the latest date printed on the pedigrees.|
|Also associated with this item
is the An Engraved Plan of Nottingham
-1744 by John Badder and Thomas Peat [Cc 754 missing 2008].
This was presented to the Library on 20/4/1825 by James Dale.
It is not known why this plan was shelved with the Smith pedigrees.
Francis Abel Smith
Honorary Treasurer of the Church Congress
The picture is from the report in the Church Magazine
on the Church Congress held in Nottingham in 1897.
|Special terms were not available for the Member of Parliament and on 15/5/1818 it was:|
|Resolved: That in consequence of an application from John Smith, Esq., requesting that Mr. H Harvey be allowed to receive books in Mr. Smith's name, that the Committee are not permitted by the rules to allow of any substitution of a person not a member, for one who is.|
|On 5/6/1848 he was involved in a request made to the Committee and it was recorded that his:|
|..... application was not received and the Rev Brown cannot use his share without a regular transfer.|
|The Subscriptions Book records his payments of|
|£10 0s 0d||Half a year's rent of the vaults
(Lady Day to Michaelmas, or Michaelmas to Lady day)
|£20 0s 0d||Annual payments||19/10/1837
| the last being from his
'Smith through the hands of Mr Harrison'.
|25/2/1842||from H. Smith.|
|28/12/1842||from H. Smith.|
|The Smith family
Henry Walton Smith m. Anna Eastaugh (d.1816)
I. Henry Edward Smith
II. William Henry Smith (b.7 Jul 1792; d.28 Jul 1865) m.(at St George's, Hanover Square) Mary Ann Cooper. William Henry was born in Newark and was a law stationer. He was married twice.
A. William Henry Smith (b.24 Jun 1825; d.6 Oct 1891) m.(13 Apr 1858) Emily (b. 28 Jun 1825; d.Aug 1891), daughter of Frederick Dawes Danvers. William Henry was a prominent politician and model for Sir Joseph Porter in Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore. In November 1865 his widow, Emily, was raised to the peerage as in his honour as Viscountess Hambleden, of Hambleden in the County of Buckingham.
1. William Frederick Danvers Smith, 2nd Viscount Hambleden (1868-1928)
a. Issue2. A son.
3. Four daughters.
B. Seven daughters.
|Further information about the
history of W.H. Smith plc is
Patricia Anderson is thanked for suggesting this and providing some of the above information (October 2009).
||£57 12s 0d|
||£63 16s 0d|
||£57 12s 0d|
||£67 12s 0d||200
|Herbert Durant Snook
[Morris London, 1884]
|135 Strand, London, W.C.||2 Wellington Street, Strand, London W.C.|
|36 Piccadilly, London, W.||77 & 78 Queen Street, Cheapside, London, E.C.|
|The Library paid them:|
|£12 15s 0d||4/11/1878||9d||31/8/1878||For carriage to them|
|£1 10s 8d||29/9/1883||1s 9d||29/9/1878||For carriage to them|
|£3 3s 0d||March 1885||£3 3s 0d||July 1884|
John Tricks Spalding
[4108 & 4237]
|Sparrow and Sons were given the contract to paint the library on a number of occasions:|
|6/10/1851||Paint the 'new' room||Estimate accepted
|7/7/1856||External painting||Tender invited,
for on along with two others
|3/5/1887||Outside painting||Tender declined
|6/4/1897||Outside painting||Tender unsuccessful
||Tender accepted: ‘if Mr Sparrow
to do the same work as Mr Windle for the
aforementioned sum (note: Mr Sparrow agrees)’
|£66 10s. 0d||13/11/1900||£102 16s 8d|
|8/1/1901||Cleaning and painting the upper studio||Estimate accepted
||£13 18s 0d||12/3/1901||£19 3s 0d|
|'For an upper room'||9/7/1901||£5 9s 9d|
|12/11/1901||Painting a book stack||£1 12s 0d||14/1/1902||£1 12s 6d|
|11/10/1904||Painting outside||£31 14s 7d|
|2/6/1908||Painting stairs||£25 18s 0d||4/8/1908||£29 18s 5d|
Reading Room after alterations
|7/9/1909||£12 19s 2d|
|They did three other decorating and painting jobs for the Library between September 1903 and February 1911.|
|He bought books from the Library for:|
|3s 0d||7/11/1907||6s 0d||12/12/1908||5s 0d||11/12/1909|
|Robert Henry Speed
|As with other endowed libraries set up in in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, the collection at the Bluecoat School was to be a public lending library:|
|... for the Use of the Clergy, Lawyers, Phicitians, and other Persons of a Liberal and Learned Education, living and inhabiting in the said Town, or within, or not above the Distance of Eight computed Miles from it'.|
|Its seven Trustees were|
|The minister of St Mary's in Nottingham||The minister of St Mary's in Clifton||The Archdeacon of Nottingham|
|The minister of St Peter's in Nottingham||The minister of St Leonard's in Wollaton|
|The minister of St Nicholas's in Nottingham||The minister of St George's in Barton|
|The Trustees selected William Whitehead, Master of the Bluecoat School, as the first librarian and in March 1744 the school governors agreed:|
|That the Great Room belonging to the School-house be appropriated for the use of a Public Library- and that the same shall from henceforward be made use of as a Repository for all such books as shall be given to the same.|
original deed dated 20/12/1816 and By-laws dated
Those named as present on 20/12/1816 were:
|Dr Storer||James Cleaver||William Stretton||Francis Wakefield|
|John Pearson||Rev R.W. Almond||Rev J. Hutton|
|Those signing were:|
|John Eyre||Archdeacon of Nottingham and Rector of Barton||Owen Dinsdale||Rector of Wilford|
|Charles Wylde||Official and Rector of St Nicholas||George Sanders||Rector of Wollaton|
|George Hutchinson||Vicar of St Mary's||Rev R.W. Almond|
ownership inscription for the
label from the Standfast Library
probably designed in 1817.
|As honorary secretary to the Thoroton
Society he wrote asking
House Library .....
'if they could obtain a local habitation for the winter
His request was declined (14/11/1899).
Thomas Rawston Starey
|He was called in to replace . .
. . . two roses wanting to
the drawing room chimney-piece worth 21/- . . . .
|. . . . when the army officers vacated Bromley House in 1819.|
|In July 1827 he . . . .
. . . proposed to carry a
staircase to the upper storey in the room between the committee room
and the Standfast Library and to open a communication underneath the
staircase, between the library and the committee room at an estimated
cost of £50.
|His gifts to the Library were:|
as just Sterland) bought from the Library:
|The Times||£2 5s 0d||4/7/1831||The Times||£2 2s 0d||5/6/1833|
|(Newsroom Subscription Book 1831-1834)|
|They provided the Library with blinds|
|11/12/1900||£6 11s 6d|
|13/2/1902||£2 15s 0d|
|2/6/1908||Their unrecorded estimate for
and fitting blinds to the upper windows
of the Reading Room was accepted
|4/8/1908||£1 4s 6d|
|The signature of
William R. Stevenson
they) did work for the Library:
|11/10/1904||Painting the outside of the Library||Tender accepted
||£18 6s 3d||18/11/1904||£18 6s 3d|
|5/2/1907||£17 5s 0d|
|3/10/1911||He (or they) were ‘asked to send
in an estimate
as near the former one as possible'.
|2/1/1912||£22 0s 0d|
|He was a Fellow of the Royal Society: the
Certificate of which runs as follows :-
Storer, Doctor of Physic, resident at Nottingham, a gentleman
skilled in various parts of Natural Knowledge, and author of a paper in
the last volume of the Philosophical Transactions, concerning an ebbing
and flowing stream in the harbour of Bridlington, being desirous of
becoming a Fellow of the Royal Society, we, whose names are
underwritten, do, from ourpersonal knowledge, testify, that he is
highly worthy of that honour.
(Signed) Everard Home
|The paper referred to above appeared in the Philosophical Transactions, vol CV, (1815), p. 54.|
|John Storer resigned as President in 1819 (It was then a permanent appointment.) and a extract from report to the Subscribers presented at the Annual Meeting held on 6/4/1819 reads:|
|The Committee have to express
their most sincere regret at the loss
which the Nottingham Subscription Library is about to sustain in Dr
Storer's resignation of the office of President; acquiescing in this
determination, they cannot avoid reflecting that the countenance and
support given by Dr. Storer has been of the greatest importance to the
success of this Institution, and that to his kind services must be
attributed a great part of its present prosperity.
That this meeting has received with great regret the intimation of Dr Storer's intention to resign the office of President; and that the cordial thanks of this meeting be given to Dr Storer for his kind and unremitted attention to the interests of this Institution.
|A little more than eighteen months later the Committee minutes for 2/10/1820 recorded:|
|A suggestion having been made
that Mr Barber should wish to become a
subscriber to the Library on the terms of painting a portrait instead
of the usual sum paid for a share.
That such offer shall be accepted and that Dr Storer shall be requested to sit for his portrait.
|At the next meeting on 6/11/1820 Dr Storer's reply, which was addressed to the Rev R.W. Almond was recorded:|
|My dear Sir,
In reply to the request you made to me yesterday in the name of the Committee and the Members of the Subscription Library, ' that I should sit to Mr Barber, junr. for my portrait to be placed in their Library,' I am bound to receive that request in the spirit with which it was made, as a compliment to me, and as expressing the approbation of so respectable a body for the slender service I was able to render the Institution during the years I had the honour to occupy the Chair. I should ill deserve the distinction conferred by such approbation if I did not know how to value it. Yet I can declare unaffectedly that I am unconscious of any other merit than my warmest wishes in common with many others for the prosperity of the institution and my earnest desire that the collection of books might be found worthy of the pains and expenses bestowed in forming it - I am
aware that this is rather an argument in addition to the inducements by which I feel myself called upon to acquiesce in the request of so highly respectable a body, and which I now do with sincere gratitude for their obliging acceptance of my very imperfect services, and for the compliment intended me as a proof of it - and to you, Sir, my best thanks are due for the flattering terms in which their wishes were made known to me.
I am, Dear Sir,
Your most obedient Sevt.,
Nottingham, 24th October, 1820.
| This portrait was painted by Thomas Barber and this
was taken in lieu of the artist's payment for joining the Library
Damage to the portrait because of dampness on the staircase was reported in 1827 and it was to be moved into the Committee Room (2/7/1827).
In the following year it was varnished by Mr Wood and replaced on the staircase under the supervision of Mr Wakefield and John Pearson (4/2/1828) (Russell, 1916).
In 1908 the portrait was to be cleaned (2/6/1908).
|See –– Thomas Barber and Edward Staveley.|
|In 1832 he wrote about Lenton Firs in a letter written to the Rev William Piggott|
live in a very pleasant retirement at Lenton Firs, built by Mr.
Watson, hosier, and sold after his death. I retired from all
professional engagements four years ago, except what I am able to
perform in my own library, and which being so near Nottingham, I cannot
avoid. In all other respects, except for the frequent visits of our
nearest neighbours, we are much abstracted from the affairs of the
world, and as becomes those of our advanced years, thinking, I hope,
more of that world to which we are bound than of that in which we still
[4163 & 3965]
|This genealogy is taken mainly
from Godfrey (1907)
* Mary Storer died on 19/7/1803 and is buried in Grantham.
** Rev John Storer died at Clifton on 4/2/1837 aged 54 and is buried at Hawksworth.
*** Charlotte married John Storer on 13/7/1809 at St Mary’s, Nottingham. She died in Sidmouth on 29/1/1816 aged 25 and is buried there.
**** Elizabeth Storer was born on 5/9/1780 and died on 25/5/1866.
|The Nottingham Journal for 29 September 1837, nearly a fortnight after Storer’s death printed the following letter :-|
I have read in your ' Journal ' of the last week, a memorial of the decease of Dr. Storer. I felt disappointed that your memoir did not contain, at the least, a few particulars of the history of one of the most useful men of his times, and, although a public man, one who avoided ostentation, and rather shunned than sought popularity - yet a distinguished benefactor to his town and county. It is true that the life of the Doctor has been extended to a length far exceeding that of his contemporaries, and most of those persons who took part in his useful exertions, or who were benefitted by his medical skill, or who were his personal friends, are gone before him into the invisible world: even his very respectable son who would have been best qualified to write his history is also no more here. I have understood that the Doctor's father was a minister in the Church of Scotland, and that be himself entered the Army as an Officer of the Medical Staff. With the circumstances which led to his settlement in this town I am not acquainted; but they were of so favourable a cast, that, united with his medical skill and respectability of character he was soon placed at the head of his profession, and he obtained the confidence of the principal families of the town and county, and of the general body of the medical profession.
Dr. Storer's name ought to stand in connexion with the chief Charitable Establishments of this place he took a leading and active part in the founding and conducting of the General Hospital - an institution which has for many years been of inexpressible utility. He was actively engaged in the establishment of the Lunatic Asylum; and he was the father of the Vaccine Institution, by which the progress of that dreadful and destructive pest to society, the confluent smallpox, was arrested, and for a long time almost annihilated. He took an active part in the establishment of the Public Library (Nottingham Subscription Library); during many years he presided over the Auxiliary Bible Society of this town and county, and his patronage contributed very materially to the prosperity and usefulness of that Institution. As a member of Society, his character was unsullied, the voice of censure and of slander cannot touch him; as it respects men, the motto placed at the head of this paper truly describes him (Pro Rege Lege Grege). The habit of his mind was that of genuine humility; disdaining selfrighteousness. Example deserves to be imitated. The long duration of the life of this excellent man, his freedom from severe personal suffering, and the preservation of his intellectual powers to the last hour of his existence, may, I apprehend, be attributed under Divine Providence, to the regularity of his life, the habitual calmness of his mind, and the constant peace of his conscience; but this subject is worthy of the philosophical investigation of the Doctor's Medical friends.
|These quotations are taken from Russell (1916).|
Library paid him:
|£6 5s 0d||4/9/1876||£56 10s 6d||3/12/1877||£12 10s 0d||2/4/1878|
|Poor rates were collected by someone with this, or a similar name|
|£2 15s 4d||4/8/1883||£4 8s 0d||March 1886|
|Building work by Sutton & Gregory in Nottinghamshire included:|
|He bought books from the Library for:|
|12s 0d||30/11/1900||10s 0d||2/12/1904||12s 6d||10/12/1909||5s 6d||17/11/1914|
|2s 0d||13/11/1901||12s 6d||7/12/1905||5s 6d||16/12/1911|
|7s 0d||26/11/1902||7s 0d||7/12/1906||5s 6d||6/12/1912|
|11s 0d||4/12/1903||5s 0d||6/12/1907||5s 6d||12/12/1913|
|The letter, signed by John Russell as Honorary secretary, ends:|
|'I hope your sojourn in the south is benefiting your health'.|
|Building work by R.C. Sutton in Nottinghamshire included:|
piece and fireplace
in Bromley House in about 1916
in the manner of
Van de Veld.