Bromley House Library 1816 to 1916

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Some major entries on this page:


Rev A. Sadler
Newsroom subscriber: 1831.

The sum of 5s 0d was paid to Salford Assize Court on 9/3/1874.

St Maur
See –– Madeline St Maur Smith

George Salis-Schwabe and Madame Julie Salis Schwabe
See –– Count Ubaldo Marioni.

Mr Salmon
In April 1898 he made an application to use a room but it was declined (5/4/1898).

W.E. Salmon
Subscriber: 7/6/1852 to 3/9/1855
Also listed as E.W. Salmon.
In May 1855 he was asked to pay his arrears of subscription (7/5/1855), and three months later the Committee decided that his share was to be sold (6/8/1855).

E.W. Salmond
On 6/6/1853 the Library ordered a coloured map of Nottingham.

Miss J. Salthouse
Subscriber: 4/2/1822 to 5/4/1825.

Thomas Salthouse
Subscriber: 5/11/1821 to 5/4/1825.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

Samson & Leeson
The name appears on the Bill for legal work in association with the purchase of Bromley House (1822).

Samson Low
Publishers and printers.

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

Miss Ethel Mary Sampson
She was a subscriber to Russell’s History (1916) and share number 128 was transferred to her on 8/10/1924.

Mrs Mary Lees Sampson
Married woman.
Address: High Bank, Lenton Road, The Park.
Subscriber: 7/4/1903 to 1916.
Share number: 128 (counterfoil signed by her and dated 16/5/1903).

On 16/5/1903 she paid he £2 2s 0d subscription plus 2s 6d and was received from her on 16/12/1908.
Both payments were recorded in the ‘Special’ column of the Accounts Book.

The death of a Mrs J. Sampson was noted at the 1912 General Meeting.

Miss Mary Alice Sanday
(The initials E.M. were occasionally used for her.)
Address: Newcastle Terrace, The Park.
Subscriber: 1/5/1899 to 1916.
Share number: 192 (certificate dated 9/2/1901).
Committee: 1906, 1907 to 1915.
She was one of the first two lady members of the Committee. See –– Miss S. Guilford.
She attended General Meetings: 1907, 1910, 1911, 1913 to 1916.
Book Committee: 1915, 1916.
Charwomen sub-committee: 1/4/1910.

In March 1913 she proposed a motion increasing the charwoman’s wage to 12s 0d per week (4/3/1913) and in the summer of 1912 she and Miss Guilford had been asked ‘to buy what is necessary for the Ladies Lavatory’ (4/6/1912).

Mary Sanday made frequent requests for consideration by the Book Committee including:
  • George Gissing: By the Ionian Sea (purchase agreed; 7/3/1905),
  • Dean Church: Life of St Anselm (4s 0d; purchase agreed; 31/1/1906) [with Robert Evans senior],
  • J.K. Stephens: Lapsus Calami (5s 0d; purchase not agreed; 27/2/1906)
  • Paget Toynbee: The Dante Dictionary (£1 5s 0d),
  • French Comedies (a long list was submitted),
  • A. Dumas fils: Theatre (8 vols.) (£1 18s 0d),
  • Theatre des Autres (2 vols.) (7s 0d),
  • Musset: Comedies et Proverbs (3 vols.) (10s 6d),
  • V. Sandon: Works (2 vols.) (7s 0d),
  • Gardner: The Ten Heavens (10s 6d),
  • Dante: The Convito (2s 0d) (purchase agreed; 30/10/1906),
  • Divine Comedy (in Italian and English) (3s 0d; entry crossed through.),
  • J.B. Lightfoot: Historical Essays (10s 6d),
  • Leaders of the Modern Church (6s 0d) (decision on purchase deferred; 30/10/1906),
  • F. Coppíe: Ouvres Completes Theatre (3 vols.) (decision on purchase deferred; second hand copy to be acquired; 27/11/1906)
  • B. Berenton: The Central Italian Painters of the Renaissance (4s 6d),
  • B. Berenton: The North Italian Painters of the Renaissance (4s 6d; purchase agreed; 30/7/1907)
  • Swete: Commentary on St Mark (15s 0d; purchase agreed; 29/10/1907),
  • A. France: Livre de Mon Ami (decision on purchase deferred; later agreed by Main Committee.; 29/10/1907)
  • Lord Acton: History of Freedom and other essays (10s 0d; purchase agreed; 31/3/1908)
  • Davidson: Cicero: Heroes of Nations (5s 0d), Warde Fowler: Caesar (5s 0d) (purchase agreed; 31/8/1909)
  • Swete: Commentary on the Book of Revelations (12s 0d; purchase agreed; 21/11/1911)
  • A. Hamilton Thompson: Military Architecture in England in the Middle Ages (7s 6d; purchase agreed; 24/9/1912)
  • Duce Domum: Life of Bishop Moberley (4s 6d; purchase agreed; 24/9/1912) [with W.B. Marshall]
  • Canon Ollard: Dictionary of Church History (12s 6d; purchase agreed; 3/1/1913)
  • Robertson Smith: Prophets of Israel. (6s 0d; purchase agreed; 24/6/1913)
  • Samuel Butler: The Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont (5s 0d; purchase agreed; 29/7/1913)
  • Francis Bond: Dedications and Patron Saints of English Churches (7s 6d; purchase agreed; 26/1/1915)

    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

She was a subscriber to Russell’s History (1916).

Born on 20 May 1852 at Holme Pierrepont, she was the daughter of William Sanday of Holme Pierrepont (1816-1896) and Elizabeth (1815-1885), daughter of George Mann. (Phillimore, 1910).

Mary Alice Sanday died on 18 November 1942 , aged 90, and is buried in the churchyard at St Edmund's at Holme Pierrepont.
She shares a grave with her sister, Elizabeth Mary Sanday (born: 7 February 1849; died: 2 November 1917).

These 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
her sister
Born: 7/2/1849; Died: 2/11/1917.

William Sanday
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.

William Sanday
Subscriber: 2/1/1862 to 5/4/1898.
Address: Radcliffe-on-Trent.

He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.
His share was transferred to Charles Morris of Radcliffe-on-Trent.

The Sanday family is associated with Cotgrave, Holme Pierrepont and Radcliffe-on-Trent and with the management of the Manvers estates.
William was a name used in the Sanday family for at least four generations and so it is not clear as to whether this is William Sanday (1816-1896), Mary Sanday's father, or William Sanday (1843-1920), her brother who was an eminent theologian.

William Sanday

[4130 &4134]

William Sanday
[4128-a & 4128-s]

William Sanday was born at Holme Pierrepont on 24 August 1816.
He died in Radcliffe-on-Trent on 17 October 1896 and is buried in the churchyard at St Edmund's at Holme Pierrepont.
He shares a grave with his wife, Elizabeth (born: 16 January 1815; died: 21 April 1885).

Paul Sandby
His portrait is in the Front Reading Room (2006).
See –– William Daniell.

Paul Sandby

R. Sandby
The Standfast Ledger records one borrowing on 23/7/1878

Rev George Sanders
Rector of Wollaton-cum-Cossall.

He was a Trustee of the Standfast Library when the transfer of the books to Nottingham Subscription Library was proposed 7/5/1816 and he signed papers in connection with the transfer (5/6/1816) as well as the Standfast Library Transfer Deed (20/12/1816).
See –– William Standfast.

Henry Sanders

Henry Sanders was also agent for the Church of England Fire Insurance Office at Wheeler Gate (Pigot, 1841)
Henry Sanders, solicitor, acted for Richard Beard in 1842 in his action against Alfred Barber (Heathcote, 1991)

John Sanders
Subscriber: 1/3/1841 to 5/2/1844.

John Sanders was a solicitor on Market Street and agent for the Church of England Fire Insurance Office (Lascelles & Hagar, 1848).

E. Sanderson & Co.
Shipping, railway and forwarding agents.
Address: 6 Kings Walk; 12-14 Heathcote Street (J.N. Richardson, manager) 30 Wheeler Gate and at Lazenby Square, Peckham, London.
Edward Sanderson lived at Wheeler Gate and in St Albans. [Wright, 1894-95]
They provided carriage on a three occasions between October 1905 and November 1906.

M. Sandier
He gave a French pronunciation book (2/8/1847).

J.H. Sands
Subscriber: 2/10/1854 to 2/4/1856.
The share was transferred from J.R. Sands.
See also –– William Parsons' Diary.

J.R. Sands
Subscriber: 3/11/1851 to 2/10/1854.
The share was transferred to J.H. Sands.
See also –– William Parsons' Diary.

Robert Sands
Subscriber: 4/4/1831 to 6/6/1842.
See also –– William Parsons' Diary.

Robert Sands
Subscriber: 5/12/1842 to 2/4/1849.
See also –– William Parsons' Diary.

Samuel Herrick Sands
Address: Westhill House, Westwell, Tenterden, Kent; share certificate counterfoil gives 'Westhill House, Lenton'..
Subscriber: 3/10/1864 to 12/4/1904.
Share number: 193 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
Honorary Secretary: (temporary) 7 June 1875 to 5 July 1875; (permanent) 6 April 1880 to 5 April 1892
Committee: 1868, 1869, 1871, 1872, 1874, 1875, 1877, 1878, 1880 to 1892, 1893.
Finance Committee: 1875, 1877, 1878.
Catalogue Committee: 1877.
Rental review sub-committee: 7/10/1872.
Building sub-Committee: 19/3/1883.
Licence transfer sub-committee: 1/9/1885.
Auditor: 1875, 1876, 1878, 1879.
Scrutator: 1877, 1878.
Present at General Meeting of 1894.
In 1911 he was one of the last three remaining Trustees from the 1874 election.

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;

In 1867 he was one of the 23 subscribers asking that salaries and wages at the Library be reduced (2/3/1867).
On 6/7/1868 he was appointed to the lighting sub-committee which oversaw the installation of Hammonds Pendulum Globe Lighting.

He was appointed as a Trustee of the Library in 1874 and he moved a motion at the somewhat busy Annual Meeting of 1875.
In 1874 he was one of 27 nominated as a Trustee of the Library, and he was one of the 14 elected (17/3/1874) and he was named as one of six trustees on 7/4/1902.

He was elected Honorary Secretary in 1880 (6/4/1880) and he served until 5/4/1892.
Two years (1892-93 and 1893-94) as a Committee member followed and in May 1894 he was present at a Committee meeting.

He was a member of the sub-committee set up to consider the use of land to the rear of the Library and to consult with Robert Evans and prepare plans at a cost of no more than £10.
This was proposed by Rev W.R. Stevenson and seconded by J.H. Brown (3/7/1882).

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.

He and J. Bradley put forward proposals for rule changes at a special Committee meeting on 23/5/1894 and these were accepted.

On 10/7/1895 he bought a catalogue from the Library for 3s 0d.

He offered no opinion in 1904 as a trustee on the matter of the alterations to Bromley House (9/2/1904, 22/3/1904 and 26/3/1904).
He was contacted again about the alterations to Bromley House (12/4/1904) and replied that his father had been a shareholder from 1836, that he had bought his share for £5 in 1861 and that when he resigned the secretaryship in 1892 it was worth £50.

He was reappointed as a Trustee of the Library in 1912

The records show Samuel Herrick Sands releasing a share in 1904 having held it for 40 years since October 1864.
Someone of that same name acquired a share in February 1915.
This could be the original S.H. Sands, or a son or grandson with the same names.

The signature of
Samuel Herrick Sands


Samuel Herrick Sands, JP
Address: 9 Cavendish Crescent, The Park.
Subscriber: 2/2/1915 to 1916.
Share number: 233 (counterfoil dated 16/4/1915).
Committee: 1915.
He was proposed to replace H. Crewdsen.
Book Committee: 1915, 1916.
He attended the General Meeting: 1915.
He was a subscriber to Russell’s History (1916).

G. Sands & Flinders
Renting agents.
Address: City Chambers, South Parade.
They were listed as chartered accountants (Kelly, 1904)

They offered £300 per year on behalf of a client for a 'fish and game' shop, but this was declined as being unsuitable for the neighbourhood of the Library (15/9/1903).
They were thanked for this offer on 23/9/1903.

Claude Morris Sansom
Address: 5 College Street.
Subscriber: 14/4/1896 to 10/7/1900
Share number: 194.

James Sansome
Subscriber: 3/11/1845 to 5/12/1853.
He was known as 'Junior'.

Samuel Sarjant
Subscriber: 2/7/1849 to 7/7/1851.

Saunders & Otley

In August 1843 the Committee sought to obtain their terms for the supply of books (7/8/1843).
In July 1844 the Library agreed to pay 15 guineas per year to supply 48 volumes (1/7/1844) and this account was paid on 2/6/1845.

After a few years in 1853 it was resolved that no books were to be ordered from them (2/5/1853; confirmed 6/6/1853).
However, the subscription was renewed on 4/4/1854.

Dr Savage
He was Dr Wildman in the pamphlet The Literary Mousetrap published on 14/2/1829 satirising the debates that were taking place at Bromley House Library.

William Brandrith Savidge, ARIBA
Address: Bromley House. (Telephone number: 3176) [Wright, 1915]

In August 1912 he offered to pay £15 per annum plus rates for the small front office (13/8/1912).
The Committee wanted not less than £17 10s 0d and on 10/9/1912 it was suggested that they offer him the room vacated by Miss Clifford for £15 per annum plus rates and this was agreed (1/10/1912).

The Library Rent Book records that from 8/1/1913 through to 1916 he paid £15 per year in rent and there was a lighting account from March 1913.

W. Savill
Subscriber: 6/9/1852 to 3/3/1856.

In June 1853 he was fined 2s 6d for lending three volumes of Heman’s Life to Mr Acton (6/6/1853).

William Saville
Subscriber: 6/4/1847 to 2/4/1849.

Henry Bailey Saxton
Address: 9 Wellington Terrace, Arundel Street, Radford. [Wright, 1894-95 & 1910-11], 7 King Street [Wright, 1915].
They supplied books to the Library on a regular basis from May 1900 to 1916.

Mrs Scales
Subscriber: 1/4/1827 to 1/12/1862.
The share was passed to her from Joshua Ranson Scales.
The Share Interest Book shows that she held one Bromley House Building Share from 1831 to 1852 and the Committee minutes record that this share was paid off on 7/6/1852.

Joshua Ransome Scales

Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 1/4/1827.
Committee: 1823. On being elected to the Committee he immediately declined the offer of a seat.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).
The share was passed to Mrs Scales.

Miss Scalthorpe
J.H. Jacobi gave the Library a coloured drawing by her (5/5/1896).

Mr Schiff

He paid 10s 0d for the use of the Lecture Room on 4/1/1833.

Madame Julia Salis Schwabe and George Salis-Schwabe
See –– Count Marioni.

Mr Schweitzer
The Subscriptions Book records a payment of 5s 0d on 20/6/1837 for the use of the Newsroom at Bromley House for one night.

Henry Scorer
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 1/4/1848.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

He 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.

On 7/8/1843 he was sent a notice of forfeiture of his share.
However, the share seems to have passed to Mrs Scorer.

Mrs Henry Scorer
Subscriber: 1/4/1848 to 4/3/1850.
The distinction between Mr and Mrs is unclear before 1848.
The share seems to have passed from Henry Scorer.

James Scorer
This non-member gave Pickles Club (5/5/1828).

Scothern & Smedley or Scotton & Smedley
In February 1908 they received a payment of 15s 0d for gas fittings that was recorded in the 'special' column of the Accounts Book.

Scottish Union & National Insurance Co.
See –– Insurance.

Robert Seals
Subscriber: 6/4/1841 to 4/9/1848.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831, 1832.

See –– Wychoff, Seamans & Benedict.

Rev Sebert
The Standfast Ledger records two borrowings on 20/12/1875.

Hon Henry Sedley
He was a member of the ‘North Class’ of the White Lion Book Society in 1788-89.
See - William Moore.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Charles Seeley, Bt., MP, JP (1834-1915)
Member of Parliament for Nottingham West: 1869 to 1892.
Address: Sherwood Lodge, Arnold and Brooke, Isle of Wight.
Subscriber: 4/12/1876 to 1916.
Share number: 195 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
He bought an original share for £30 on 28/11/1876.

He was listed as Colonel in 1884 and created a baronet in 1896.
He had a major interest in the Babbington Coal Company.
He was colonel of the Robin Hoods and served on the board of the Nottingham General Hospital giving a large sum towards the building and furnishing of the Convalescent Homes.
He was vice-chairman of the first Nottinghamshire County Council and built and endowed Daybrook Church. (Mellors, 1914 & 1924)

His death was noted at the 1916 General Meeting.

Frank Evelyn Seely, Esq., JP
Address: Calverton Hall.
Subscriber: 8/5/1900 to 12/4/1904.
Share number: 196 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).

He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.
In 1899 he married Leila Eliza, daughter of Rev H.C. Russell of Wollaton.

The share was transferred from Frank E. Seeley to Rev W.G. Cruft on 12/4/1904 and then from William George Cruft to Frank E. Seeley on 7/3/1911.

Frank Evelyn Seely

Frank E. Seely
Address: Calverton Hall, Calverton.
Subscriber: 7/3/1911 to 1916.
Share number: 196 (counterfoil dated 28/4/1911).
A registration fee of 2s 6d for share transfer was received on 18/4/1910 and another on 15/5/1911.

Mr Selby
On 18/4/1821 a Mr Spencer had transferred his share to a Mr. Selby, but his fine of 10s 5d went with it, and Selby was suspended from membership until it was paid.

Susanna Selby and Thomas Selby
In 1828 Thomas Selby was an applicant for the post as porter (3/12/1828).

William Selby
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 28/3/1817.

William Selby
Subscriber: 5/3/1821 to 7/3/1825.

H. Sempers
Address: Sutton-on-Sea, Lincolnshire.

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

On 20/7/1904 Arthur Lineker wrote with an offer of 28 volumes of novels by popular authors for 26s 0d.
See also –– Mr Sempress below.

Mr Sempress
On 10/7/1895 he bought 60 volumes from the Library for 16s 6d.
This could well be the H. Sempers mentioned above.

Rev Walter Senior
Subscriber: 4/12/1876 to 5/5/1884.

Mrs Severn
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 2/9/1822.
She was formerly Miss Sarah Langford.

Miss Severn
Subscriber: 4/11/1867 to 7/8/1871.
The share was transferred to Mrs Severn.

Mrs Severn
Subscriber: 7/8/1871 to 6/5/1872.
Address: Pavement (sic).
The share was transferred from Miss Severn.

James Severn
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to April 1846.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831.
The Share Interest Book shows that he held two Bromley House Building Shares from 1831 to 1846.


J.R. Sewell
Subscriber: 1/6/1835 to 3/3/1851.

Shand Mason & Co or Shane Martin & Co
They supplied fire buckets in February 1877 at a cost of £4 3s 8d.

Francis Talbot Sharp
Address: Radcliffe-on-Trent.
Subscriber: 4/2/1908 to 1916.
Share number: 131 (counterfoil dated 7/4/1908).
A registration fee of 2s 6d was received from Beeby & Ainsworth on 20/1/1908 in respect of a share transfer from Smith.
His death was noted by at the 1911 General Meeting but his name was still on the List of Subscribers for 1916.

Frank Talbot Sharp
Subscriber: 1/9/1862 to 5/3/1888.
He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867 and also that regarding the tenure of the office of President in May 1875.
See –– J. Place.

Frederick George Sharpe
Subscriber: 2/6/1856 to 5/12/1893.

He was one of the 23 subscribers asking in 1867 that salaries and wages at the Library be reduced (2/3/1867).

This share was transferred to the unnamed 'Rector of Wilford'.

Mrs Isabella Sharpe
Subscriber: 4/10/1819 to 4/10/1830.
Address: Lenton.

Rev J.P. Sharpe
Subscriber: 1/3/1858 to 1/10/1860.

At the 1858 General Meeting he was thanked for his help while Rev Henry Bell was ill.

Mr Shaw
Newsroom subscriber: 1831.

Mr Shaw
On 7/11/1854 a Mr Shaw was commissioned to buy Robert’s Holy Land, but this was rescinded at the next Committee meeting (5/12/1854).

D. Shaw
Subscriber: 5/8/1833 to 1/12/1834.
He had fines due on 1/12/1834 when his share was transferred.

E.J. Shaw
Subscriber: 4/1/1864 to 2/11/1868.

Mrs Harriet Shaw
Address: 16 Pelham Crescent, The Park.
Subscriber: 2/8/1910 to 1916.
Share number: 58 (certificate dated 28/4/1911).
A registration fee of 2s 6d for share transfer was received on 20/7/1910.

Mary Ellen Shaw

This redoubtable Victorian woman devoted her whole life to alleviating poverty and disease in Nottingham.
She ran Girls' Evening Homes, Mother & Baby Guilds and Sunday School classes for ragged pupils as well as visiting prisons, hospitals and workhouse wards.
This was all as well as her work as a teacher.

Mary Ellen Shaw

She is best remembered for Miss Shaw's Men's Bible Class which, with the backing of the Duchess of Portland, offered support to hundreds of working men in Nottingham and Mansfield especially at the time of the First World War.
Mary Ellen Shaw was certainly not a 'spinster of no occupation', as was stated on her death certificate.

Her contact with Bromley House Library was through her employer Henry Edward Thornton, who was a subscriber from 1871.
In 1888

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.
8 Feb
She mentions calling in at Bromley House Library
14 Feb
7 May
June 20th
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
July 4th
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.

[Rowina Edlin-White (2007) “Spinster, of no occupation”? Mary Ellen Shaw 1859-1926; plus additional information)

William Shaw
Newsroom subscriber: 1833.

Francis Talbot Shelton
Subscriber: 5/10/1846 to 4/9/1865.
The Standfast Ledger records one borrowing on 31/12/1853.

George Shelton
Subscriber: 4/12/1826 to 5/10/1846.

George Shelton
Subscriber: 3/3/1834 to 1/6/1835.
He was known as 'Junior'.

George Shelton
Subscriber: 7/12/1846 to 3/10/1864.
He was referred to as 'the younger'.

Samuel Richard Parr Shelton (d.1877)
Address: Sneinton House, Notintone Place.

He was the Secretary of the Chess Club that met at Bromley House (Wright, 1858 & 1862), and also of the Horticultural Society. (Mellors, 1914)

W. Shepperley

George Shepperley
Subscriber: 5/9/1864 to 4/12/1894.
He was known as 'Junior'.
He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867 and also that regarding the tenure of the office of President in May 1875.
See –– J. Place.

General Sir John Coape Sherbrooke (1765-1830)
This distinguished soldier was born in Arnold and fought at the storming of Seringapatam and in Sicily and Portugal.
He was Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, Commander of the Forces and then Governor-General of Canada.
He died in Calverton. (Mellors, 1924)

He was a member of the ‘Town Class’ of the White Lion Book Society in 1788-89.
See –– William Moore.

John Sherwin
He is mentioned in the transfer deed of 1681 for the land surrounding where Bromley House would later be built.
See –– John Nevill.

John Sherwin
He was a member of the ‘Town Class’ of the White Lion Book Society in 1788-89.
See –– William Moore.

C.D. Shilton
Subscriber: 5/8/1844 to 1856.
The Standfast Ledger records two borrowings between 14/11/1844 and 26/9/1864 under the name of Shilton with no initial recorded.
The share was passed to Mrs Shilton in about 1856 ('Mr' and 'Mrs' in the hand-written Library record are very similar).

Mrs C.D. Shilton
Subscriber: 1856 to 19/3/1866.
The share was passed from C.D. Shilton in about 1856 ('Mr' and 'Mrs' in the hand-written Library record are very similar), and it was finally transferred to C. Shilton.

Caractacus Shilton
Address: Notintone Place, Sneinton.
Subscriber: 19/3/1866 to 10/7/1900.
Share number: 197.

He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.


Caractacus d'Aubigny Shilton
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 7/12/1829.
Committee: 1820. He was fined 1s 0d for not attending a Committee meeting (5/6/1820).
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

On 15 May 1828 he was the unsuccessful candidate in the highly acrimonious election of the coroner for Nottinghamshire which was won by Christopher Swann (1806-1861).
Share transferred by his assignees.

S.P.R. Shilton
See –– S.P.R. Shelton.

F.E. Shipley
Subscriber: 7/5/1849 to 7/10/1850.

Thomas Shipman
Subscriber: 2/12/1822 to 6/5/1850.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831, 1832, 1833.
On 10/5/1834 he paid 7s 6d for the Age. (Newsroom Subscription Book 1831-1834)

Mr Shipperley
A single payment of 2s 6d is recorded for 4/2/1877 for unspecified goods or services.

Enoch Shipstone
Address: 7 Second Avenue, Sherwood Rise.
Subscriber: 7/3/1911 to 1916.
Share number: 135 (counterfoil dated 28/4/1911).
His death was noted at the 1914 General Meeting and on 22/4/1914 his executors received a refund of his £2 2s 0d subscription.

Mary Hancorne Shipstone
Wife of J. Shipstone.
Address: Northlands, Magdala Road.
Subscriber: 3/3/1914 to 1916.
Share number: 51 (counterfoil dated 17/4/1914).

Mrs Shuttleworth
Subscriber: 7/11/1864 to 4/6/1877.
A slip pasted inside the Minute Book for 1847 refers to Mrs Shuttleworth as a widow and that the share had been transferred.

She signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.

Frederick Shuttleworth
Subscriber: 17/4/1818 to 1/4/1823.

J. Shuttleworth
Newsroom subscriber: 1832, 1833.

Joseph Shuttleworth
Subscriber: 1/4/1844 to 6/12/1852.
On 4/11/1850 he was sent damaged books with a request that he provide fresh copies.

Miss Sarah Shuttleworth
Subscriber: 1/4/1823 to 4/8/1828.

The Share Interest Book shows that a Miss (or Mrs) Shuttleworth held four Bromley House Building Shares from 1831 to 1833 when they were transferred to Samuel Newham.
The Interest Book has a number of receipt slips pasted inside its covers and these include one acknowledging payment by James Archer (librarian) on 1/6/1833 of £25 0s 0d as five years interest on Bromley House Building shares to Miss Greaves, executrix of Sarah Shuttleworth, less £2 2s 0d subscription for 1829, and signed by Sam Parsons.

W. Shuttleworth
Newsroom subscriber: 1831.

W.S. Shuttleworth
Subscriber: 4/11/1833 to 2/9/1844.
The Standfast Ledger records two borrowings between 9/10/1834 and 12/4/1842.

Frank Sibson
Subscriber: 3/8/1835 to 7/3/1836.

Frank Sibson
Address: General Hospital.
Subscriber: 4/4/1836 to 6/11/1848.
Committee: 1839, 1840, 1843, 1844, 1847.
The Standfast Ledger records 19 borrowings between 15/11/1838 and 25/5/1847.

Gift in the name of H. Gally Knight:
On 3/6/1850 he enquired about ‘remaining hundreds of Wiltshire’.

Frank Sibson was a surgeon at Nottingham General Hospital (Heathcote, 2005)

Mr Silberstein
Newsroom subscriber: 1833.

See –– Alexander Alliott.

William Simes (or Simms)
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 11/12/1818.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

This name, which could originally have been Simms, Dines or even Prise, reappears on the 1831 list and again on 3/1/1831 when a share is being transferred.

G. Simons
Address: Chapel Bar.
In 1835 he was contracted to print a catalogue (1/6/1835).

Mrs G. Simons
Subscriber: April 1877 to 14/4/1896.
The share was passed from George Simons.

George Simons
Subscriber: 2/4/1833 to 6/4/1841.
He purchased an original share on 25/3/1833 and paid £21 0s 0d for it.
The Subscriptions Book recorded 'John Simons' as this purchaser.

On 6/4/1840 he was sent a copy of Rule 35 regarding arrears of subscriptions.

George Simons
Subscriber: April 1850 April 1877
He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.
The share was passed to Mrs Simons.

Henry Simons
Subscriber: 1/1/1877 to 3/5/1880.
He bought an original share for £30 on 30/12/1876.

John Simons
He was appointed as a bookseller to the Library on 1/4/1834.

John Simons
See –– George Simons.

See –– Puttick & Simpson.

His estimate of £5 0s 0d to repair a damaged frieze was accepted (2/6/1908) and he was paid £4 0s 0d on 3/11/1908.

Simpson & Lynan
In January 1860 their price for providing a domed skylight made of iron and with rough plate glass at £17 10s 0d, all inclusive, was accepted (6/1/1860).
In the following year they were to inspect the roof (7/10/1861) and repairs worth £5 were recorded 11/11/1861.
In May 1862 they were to make alterations to the entrance hall (21/5/1862).

John Simpson
Subscriber: 1/11/1819 to 1/2/1830.
In 1823 he was in arrears for subscriptions for three years (3/3/1823).

John Simpson
Subscriber: 1/4/1835 to 2/1/1865.
The share was transferred by Mrs Simpson.

John Alexander Simpson
Address: 64 Mapperley Road; Simpson & Lee, Parade Chambers, South Parade (Wright, 1910-11)
Subscriber: 16/4/1915 to 1916.
President: 1929 to 1932.
Share number: 136 (counterfoil dated 16/4/1915).
He was a subscriber to Russell’s History (1916).

He was born in 1860 and he married Annie, daughter of W.B. Elliott of Mapperley Road.


Two photographs
the signature of
John Alexander Simpson

[4264, 4047 & 4253]

Richard Simpson
Subscriber: 1/4/1834 to 1/10/1838.

Rev Robert Simpson


Rev Robert Simpson (c.1783-1847) was the vicar of Basford.
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%).
(Mellors, 1914)

Thomas Simpson
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 1/4/1835.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830) twice.

Sinclair & Woolston Ltd
Wholesale booksellers, printers, publishers and bookbinders.
Address: 3 Cheapside (Wright, 1915-16).
They provided books for the Library from September 1910 to June 1915.

J.A. Sinclair
A registration fee of 2s 6d for share transfer was received on 11/2/1915.

Joseph Skidmore
Subscriber: 7/3/1825 to 3/3/1828.

Miss Skipwith

Subscriber: 6/12/1869 to 6/12/1869.
The transfer of a share to her and from her were minuted at the same meeting.

Richard Skipwith
Subscriber: 6/9/1819 to 7/6/1831.
Address: Wilford.

Richard Skipwith
Subscriber: 4/11/1844 to 4/3/1850.
Committee: 1849.
He replaced the non-attending William Galloway on the committee (3/4/1849).

See –– Hill & Slack, coal merchants and tenants.

J.R. Slack
He was the Secretary of the Nottingham Philharmonic Choir which met at Bromley House in 1894 (Wright, 1894-95).

Thomas Slater

Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 2/8/1819.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

Mr Slight
He came from Lewisham and was one of the two candidates for the post of assistant librarian vacated by A. Watts Dyson.
He was not successful and received £1 5s 0d travel expenses (2/5/1911).

Mr Small
In 1881 he took over the tenancy of rooms previously taken by Mr Holland (7/6/1881).

A letter referring to Small from Sylvanus Redgate, also a tenant, was read at the Committee on 2/7/1883.
He paid £15 0s 0d per annum in quarterly payments from 1882 to 1885 with a final payment of £4 2s 4d in the second quarter of 1885.
Wilson took over the tenancy.

Small wrote with an application to build a studio, but this was rejected (5/11/1883).

Smart & Brown
Furniture warehouse and cabinet maker.
Address: 7 Bridlesmith Gate and Victoria Street (Post Office, 1876; Kelly, 1891), 5-9 Bridlesmith Gate & St Bartholomews Road & Hendon Rise. [Wright, 1915].
On 4/2/1884 they were paid £65 13s 1d.

W. Smiles
Subscriber: 2/1/1865 to 2/12/1867.
Committee: 1866, 1867.
Auditor: 1867.
The Standfast Ledger records six borrowings between 13/3/1866 and 12/10/1866.

He resigned from the Committee on 2/12/1867 as he was leaving Nottingham and he was replaced by John G. Woodward.

The Smiths - bankers of Nottingham

John Smith (1593-1642) was a landowner in Cropwell Butler.
He married Elizabeth Garton, also from Cropwell Butler, and their son, Thomas Smith (1631-1699), was born in Cropwell.
He was only ten years old when his father died and he was placed in the care of relatives in the Collin family.
He married Mary Hooper and in 1658 bought a shop at the eastern end of South Parade and set up as a mercer, or dealer in miscellaneous goods.
It was here that he started his banking business using the cellars in the sandstone as his strong rooms.
This was the origin of Smith’s Bank.

He and Mary had two daughters, and after Mary died and at the age of fifty he married Fortune, daughter of Laurence Collin.

Thomas and Fortune had three sons:
  1. Thomas (c.1682-1727/28),
  2. Samuel (c.1688-1751),
  3. Abel (c.1690-1756).
The first of these, Thomas, married Mary Manley, daughter of Thomas Manley, and they had five daughters.
She later married William Standfast (d.1744) who lived in Clifton.
This will have been the founder of the Standfast Library.
In 1717 Thomas Smith purchased an estate in Broxtowe where he lived.
He was High Sheriff of Leicestershire from 1717 to 1718.
Samuel was the ancestor of the Dorrien-Smiths of Tresco Abbey.

The third son, Abel Smith, was born in about 1690.
In 1713 he married Jane Beaumont (1698-1743), daughter of George Beaumont (1673-1712) of Chapelthorpe and Gertrude Bagshawe (d.1713).
Abel was a banker and business associate of his brother Thomas in Nottingham and he lived in East Stoke.

He and Jane had four children:
  1. Jane,
  2. George who would become the first baronet,
  3. John,
  4. Abel.
Abel Smith senior died in December 1756.

The Baronetcy and the Bromley connection
George (1713-1769), the grandson of the founder of Smith’s Bank acquired various pieces of land on Angel Row in the 1740s and in particular that to become the site of Bromley House in 1746.
On 18/8/1747 he married Mary Howe (1725-1761), daughter of Major William Howe and Elizabeth Pauncefote.
It was he who built Bromley House and the two stones in the garden along with the hallway keystone all bearing ‘1752 GS’ commemorate this.
On 31/10/1757 he was created a baronet.

Mary died in 1761 and on 23/2/1768 George married, as his second wife, Catherine Vyse, daughter of Reverend William Vyse and Catherine Smallbrooke.
George Smith was High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire from 1758 to 1759 and lived in East Stoke as had his father.

Mary Howe had prestigious connections.
Her father was Major William Howe who had been born some time before 1709 and who married Elizabeth Pauncefote.
His father was Lt-Gen Emmanuel Scrope Howe, son of John Grubman Howe and Annabella Scrope and his mother was Ruperta, illegitimate daughter of Rupert von der Pfalz, Duke of Cumberland (Prince Rupert, grandson of James I) by Margaret Hughes.

Sir George Smith
(1713 - 1769)

Lady Mary Smith
née Howe


Elizabeth Pauncefote was the daughter of William Pauncefote of Preston and Carswell in Gloucestershire and his other daughter, Sarah, married, as his second wife, William Bromley (1690-1768) of Abberley in Worcestershire.
Their son was Robert Bromley, who was born in 1723 and he died unmarried on 10/3/1803.
William Bromley’s father was Francis Bromley, the son of Henry Bromley of Holt; and his mother was Anne daughter of William Walshe.
Both the Walshe and Bromley families had considerable holdings of property in Worcestershire.

The son of George and Mary Smith (née Howe), also named George, was born on 18/8/1753 in the parish of St. Nicholas.
On 8/1/1778 in Rugeley, Staffordshire he married Esther Curzon, daughter of Assheton Curzon, 1st Viscount Curzon of Penn and Esther Hanmer.
Sir George, 1st Bt. died on 5/9/1769 and George, 2nd Bt, who was Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1775, inherited the house in Angel Row from his father and much more from a Bromley cousin of his mother (see above).
On 7/2/1778 his name was changed to George Bromley, and on 6/4/1803 changed again to George Pauncefote-Bromley.
He thus both took the name of Bromley and also attached it to the house.
His son, born on 28/11/1778, was Admiral Sir Robert Howe Bromley, 3rd Bt., who died on 8/7/1857.

George, 2nd Bt., was tried for ‘an attempt to commit an unnatural crime’ at the assizes in March 1791 and was sentenced to two years in prison.

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.

The second baronet died on 17/8/1808 at age 54.

Abel Smith ‘the younger’ was born in March 1717 and on 5/9/1745 he married Mary Bird, daughter of Thomas Bird of Barton in Warwickshire.
Abel was a banker in Nottingham whose aim was ‘to found a house which should be equal in credit to the best houses in England’ and, with John Payne, he established the bank of Smith & Payne in London, Lincoln and Hull.
He served as MP for Aldborough (1774), for St Ives (1780) and for St Germans (1785).
After a life of 71 years characterised by ‘ great energy and ability he died on 12/7/1788 at Wilford.

A genealogy of the Smith family


And in another, more detailed format . . . . . . .

John Smith
(1593-1642) m. Elizabeth Garton. He owned land in Cropwell Butler and she came from that village.

Bromley House was being used by a Thomas Smith in 1804 (Hoskins, 1991).

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.

Miss Smith
Her name appears on the Bill for legal work in association with the purchase of Bromley House (1822).

Miss Smith
Address: St James Street
In 1827 she gave portrait of Sir Richard Arkwright (6/8/1827).

Mr Smith

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.

Mr Smith
In 1864 a Mr Smith was paid £5 for help with the catalogue (1/8/1864).

Mrs Arabella Wilkinson Smith
Address: Bunny, Park.
Subscriber: 3/11/1908 to 4/1/1910.
Share number: 202 (counterfoil dated 16/4/1909).
The share was transferred from R. Wilkinson Smith (deceased).

Cecil Smith
Address: Bromley House (tenant)
He is listed in Wright's Directory for 1910.

Charles Smith
Subscriber: 7/6/1841 to 7/11/1842.

Charles Henry Smith

Subscriber: 3/4/1855 to 5/7/1858.
The share was transferred from William J. Smith.

Mr E. Smith
Subscriber: April 1898 to April 1899.
The share may have been passed from Miss E.M. Smith.

Miss E.M. Smith
Subscriber: April 1890 to April 1896.
The share was transferred from H.S. Smith and was with Mr E. Smith from 1898.

Rev Edward Smith
Subscriber: 6/4/1824 to 3/5/1841
Address: Tollerton.

Edward Smith
Subscriber: 7/5/1838 to 5/11/1838.

Edward Smith
Subscriber: 6/12/1869 to 13/3/1900.

Miss Elizabeth Mary Smith
Address: 5 Peel Street.
Subscriber: 10/7/1900 to 1916.
Share number: 197 (counterfoil dated 2/4/1902).
Mrs E.M. Smith was a Subscriber to Russell’s History (1916).

Mrs F. Smith
Subscriber: 3/5/1880 to April 1884.

F. Smith
Subscriber: about 1862.
In 1862 an F. Smith was fined 10s. 0d for Stanley’s Palestine being overdue (6/10/1862).

F.C. Smith
Subscriber: 4/11/1844 to 3/2/1845.

F.C. Smith
The Committee minutes record a transfer of a share to F.C. Smith on 1/2/1847, but the 1847 General Meeting minutes show it being transferred to William Saville.

F.C. Smith
A hand-written letter was found (2008) inside the slip case surrounding
Pedigree of the Smith Family [Cc 754 & 754a]

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:
Mr F.C. Smith will
thank the Librarian
to place the enclosed
copies of pedigrees
with similar
documents under
his charge.
    Bramcote, Notts.
    28 August.
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, Esq. (1861-1908)
Address: Papplewick Hall.
Subscriber: 1/4/1890 to 4/5/1909.
Share number: 198 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
A share was transferred from H.A. Smith to F.A. Smith on 1/4/1890.

His death was noted (7/4/1908) and the final share transfer was by Mrs Francis Abel (Madeline St Maur) Smith.
A registration fee of 2s 6d was received from Beeby & Ainsworth on 20/1/1908 in respect of a share transfer to Sharpe.

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.


Frederick Chatfield Smith, Esq., MP, JP (1823-1905)
Member of Parliament for Nottinghamshire from 1868 to 1880.
Address: Bramcote.
Subscriber: 27/3/1845 to 8/1/1907. He was a subscriber for more than 61 years.
Share number: 199 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901). Another share was transferred to this name on 5/3/1849.
In 1874 he was one of 27 nominated as a Trustee of the Library, and he was one of the 14 elected (17/3/1874).

He was named as one of six trustees on 8/4/1902.

On 27/1/1904 he wrote as a trustee saying that he was emphatically adverse to the alterations to Bromley House (9/2/1904).

His death in 1905 was recorded and also noted at the 1906 General Meeting.
The Committee sent a letter of condolence (8/5/1905) to which his widow replied (2/5/1905 & 12/9/1905).
A registration fee of 2s 6d was received from A.E. Blake on 21/12/1906 in respect of a share transfer to Buckley.

G. Smith

Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 2/4/1816.

A G. Smith attended the Committee meetings on 16/1/1818 and 30/1/1818.
His name was crossed through and marked 'Declined'.
Committee member ‘G. Smith’ in 1817-18 cannot be him.

Sir George Smith (1713-1769)
A copy of an original oil painting in the possession of Lord Carrington was given to Bromley House by John Gardner, great-great-great-great-great-nephew of Sir George Smith on 22/10/2003.
See –– The Smiths - bankers of Nottingham.

George Smith
Address: Standard Hill.
Subscriber: 19/2/1819 to 2/1/1843.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831, 1832, 1833.
As a banker he refused any extension of borrowing by the Library (4/2/1822).


George Smith
Subscriber: 2/1/1862 to 2/4/1872.
He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.
The share was transferred to G.E. Smith.

George Edward Smith, Esq.
Address: 58 Mapperley Road.
Subscriber: 2/4/1872 to 1916.
Share number: 200 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
The share was transferred from George Smith and was in the charge of his representatives from 1909.

H. Smith
See –– William Smith.

H.A. Smith
Subscriber: 2/1/1854 to 1/4/1890.
In 1874 he was one of 27 nominated as a Trustee of the Library, and he was one of the 14 elected (17/3/1874).
The share was transferred to F.A. Smith.

Rev Henry Smith
Address: Cotgrave.
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 5/12/1836.

Henry Smith
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 7/9/1886.
He could have been a subscriber for more than 70 years (see below).
Committee: 1817, 1818, 1826, 1827.

The Standfast Ledger records two borrowings between 11/7/1835 and 10/4/1835 under the name H. Smith.

In 1875 he was one of four surviving subscribers of 1816 and one of the last two in 1876, the other being John Watson, senior.
But as from 1845 to 1875 there were two subscribers named Henry Smith, one of whom resigned in 2/3/1875, it is not possible to be certain whether John Watson, senior, or Henry Smith was the last of the originals.

If this is the correct H. Smith resigning his share in 1886 he would have been a subscriber for 70 years!

Henry Smith (1794-1874)
Address: Wilford House (1848) (Leighton-Boyce, 1958)
Subscriber: 5/5/1845 to 7/6/1875.
From 1845 to 1875 there were two subscribers named Henry Smith.

In 1867 he, or the other one, was one of the 23 subscribers asking that salaries and wages at the Library be reduced (2/3/1867).

Henry Smith
Address: Wilford.
Subscriber: 5/3/1889 to 13/2/1900.

Henry S. Smith
Address: Wilford.
Subscriber: 7/6/1875 to 1/4/1890.
The share was transferred to Miss E.M. Smith.

Mrs J.B. Smith
Subscriber: 1/4/1817 to 6/4/1841.
Her executors received a cheque for £20 as payment of a half-year’s interest on her mortgage on 5/7/1852.

J. C. Smith
He was appointed as a Trustee of the Library in 1874.
This could be Joshua Smith.

J.L. Smith
Subscriber: 14/8/1894 to 6/4/1897.

Captain J.T. Smith

James Smith
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to April 1827.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

James Smith, Esq.
Address: Cavendish Hill, Sherwood.
Subscriber: 1/7/1890 to 3/3/1914.
Share number: 201 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
His death was noted at the 1914 General Meeting.

John Smith, MP.
Member of Parliament for Nottingham from 1806 to 1818.
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 4/1/1830.

John Pearson wrote to him enclosing a prospectus of the new subscription library.
This letter of 13/12/1815 and Smith's replay of 5/2/1816 are included under the entry for John Pearson.

A portrait of John Smith, MP, was recorded in the Presents Book for 1822 and it was in Bromley House at the time that Sutton’s Stranger’s Guide was published in 1827.
It had disappeared by time of Russell’s History (1916).

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.

John Smith
See –– Joshua Smith.

Dr John Smith
Subscriber: 1/1/1855 to 1/12/1856.

John Smith
Subscriber: 2/4/1855 to 3/9/1855.
The share was transferred to Thomas Smith.

Joseph Smith
Newsroom subscriber: 1831, 1832, 1833.
See also –– Joshua Smith.

Joseph Smith
Brass founder, colliery and mill furnisher,and wholesale ironmonger and engineers’ merchant, steam gauge maker and oil merchant.
Address: 30 Parliament Street. home: Grove Avenue, Southey Street [Wright, 1894-95]; 32 Upper Parliament Street (Kelly, 1904).

J. Smith provided a lawnmower for £3 3s 5d (14/6/1904).

There are many J. Smiths who might have supplied a lawnmower, but seems to be the most likely.

Joshua Smith
Subscriber: 27/3/1845 to 5/6/1882.
Listed as John early on and as Joseph in final transfer.

Joseph Smith signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.
The share could have been passed on.

Mrs Madeline St Maur Smith (b.1862)
Widow of Francis Abel Smith (1861-1908). Her maiden name was Seymour.
Address: Coleorton Hall, Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
Subscriber: 6/7/1915 to 1916.
Share number: 198 (counterfoil dated 18/4/1916)
She was a subscriber to Russell’s History (1916). (2 copies)

Margaret Smith
She signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

Lady Mary Smith, née Howe (d.1761)
See –– Sir George Smith (1713-1769)

Mrs Mary Smith
Tenant; Wine and spirit merchant.
Address: Bromley House (Pigot, 1841; Lascelles, 1848]
On 4/6/1849 it was recorded that she was to give up her tenancy.

R. Walker Smith
Subscriber: 7/3/1881 to 4/6/1883.

Robert Wilkinson Smith, Esq., JP
Lace manufacturer.
Address: The Park.
Subscriber: 1/1/1869 to 3/11/1908.
Share number: 202 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
His death was noted (7/4/1908) and the share transferred to Arabella Wilkinson Smith.

Samuel Smith
He was a member of the ‘Town Class’ of the White Lion Book Society in 1788-89.
See –– William Moore.

T.C. Smith

T.H. Smith
Subscriber: 6/8/1827 to 1/4/1849.
The Standfast Ledger records 19 borrowings between 28/9/1835 and 26/12/1850.

On 1/4/1839 the Committee noted his fines, and on 1/1/1840 he was fined for lending Madame de Stall’s Germany to Dr William Lightfoot.

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.

T.H. Smith
Subscriber: 1/4/1851 to 4/1/1858.

Thomas Richard Smith
Carver, gilder and picture restorer.
Address: 14 & 16 Bottle Lane (Wright, 1915-16).
He was paid £1 9s 3d on 26/8/1906 for work for work on the Library's pictures and did further work between November 1909 and August 1913
See –– Duke of Richmond.

Thomas Smith
Subscriber: 3/9/1855 to 5/12/1881.
    He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.
Also he signed the memorial regarding the tenure of the office of President in May 1875.
See –– J. Place.

Thomas Carpenter Smith
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 5/4/1830.
Committee: 1818, 1822, 1823.
He was named as a Trustee of Bromley House in the minute and document of 1/4/1822.

Thomas Smith signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

The final transfer was by John Hind, executor.

William Smith
Subscriber: 5/9/1817 to 1/4/1825.
The share seems to have been passed to Mrs William Smith by 1825.

William Smith
Newsroom subscriber: 1831.

Mrs William Smith
Subscriber: 5/4/1825 to 7/7/1862.
The share seems to have been passed from William Smith, and the final transfer was from 'late Mr William Smith'.

William Smith
Wine and spirit merchant and tenant.
Address: Bromley House (White, 1832; Pigot, 1835).

In 1830 a Mr Smith made an application to rent the Rock Cellars under Bromley House for wholesale wine and spirit vaults, and it was resolved, that on his entering into an agreement with Mr Watts respecting the possession of such parts of the cellars as he wishes for, he shall be entered tenant thereof at such rent as the Committee shall decide upon, all expense of alterations to be borne by Mr. Smith (3/1/1830).

Thus he became a tenant of the Library and in the years around 1830 he was in constant dispute with the Committee concerning payment of the rent.
In February 1844 a Mr Harrison appealed on behalf of Mr Smith for the rents for the vaults to be reduced to below £20 per annum.
This was refused (5/2/1844).

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)
to 8/3/1837

£20 0s 0d Annual payments 19/10/1837
 to 13/3/1850
the last being from his executors and noted:
'Smith through the hands of Mr Harrison'.
25/2/1842 from H. Smith.
28/12/1842 from H. Smith.

William J. Smith
Subscriber: 4/6/1849 to 3/4/1855.
The share was transferred to Charles Henry Smith.

Dr William Robert Smith, MD
Address: Middle Street West, Beeston.
Subscriber: 6/7/1915 to 1916.
Share number: 219 (certificate dated 18/4/1916).
He was a subscriber to Russell’s History (1916).

He was born in Honingham, Norfolk and educated in Norwich and at King's College Hospital, London.
He was a surgeon at the General Hospital in Nottingham and later practised in Beeston.

In 1899 he married Ethel, daughter of W.B. Thorpe of Lenton House.

Smith & Son
A payment for 'repairs' worth 13s 3d was made on 6/10/1883.
Payment of 4s 9d for 'repairing bell' was recorded for 28/1/1891 and another payment of £1 10s 6d was made on 2//1894.
It seems unlikely that these were the booksellers.

W.A. Smith
A single payment of £1 2s 6d is recorded for 5/10/1882 for unspecified goods or services.

William Henry Smith & Son or W.H. Smith & Son
and perhaps referred to as just Smith & Son
Stationer & bookseller.
Address: Middle Pavement; Midland Station, Station Street; Great Northern Station, London Road. [Post Office, 1876; White, 1885]

William Henry Smith was also listed as a printer, stationer, law stationer and fancy dealer at 38 1/2 Bridlesmith Gate, and 134 Sneinton Road and with a home address of Notintone Street, Sneinton. [White, 1885].
W.H. Smith & Son supplied books, often second-hand as well as operating the Circulating Library service.

The Accounts Book records payments from March 1871 through to February 1915 for a variety of sums not associated with the Subscription Library.

On 5/3/1883 a letter from W.H. Smith's (contents not mentioned) was read to the committee and in 1884 they were asked to quote for the supply of magazines (1/12/1884).
On 1/6/1886 the Committee decided that they were to replace Denham for the major book supply to the Library.

Smith's wrote in 1892 expressing their concern over the transfer of business for the supply of books, magazines and newspapers for Bromley House Library to Derry's on Wheeler Gate (1/11/1892).

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. Issue
2. A son.
3. Four daughters.
B. Seven daughters.
Further information about the history of W.H. Smith plc is available at

Patricia Anderson is thanked for suggesting this and providing some of the above information (October 2009).

W.H. Smith, & Son Subscription or Circulating Library
This was used by the Bromley House Library from about 1862 with the subscription being paid in March or April.


per year

1880 1883
£57 12s 0d

£63 16s 0d

£57 12s 0d

£67 12s 0d 200
6s 9d


£102 10s 0d
5s 10d

£100 0s 0d
5s 0d
Agreed 22/2/1906

£100 0s 0d
5s 81/2d
£105 0s 0d
5s 3d

£130 0s 0d
4s 9d


£187 0s 0d
7s 6d


£168 15s 0d
7s 6d

The London Libraries sub-committee report of 1893 concluded that their service of 200 volumes per year for £67 12s. 0d (6s 9d per volume) was satisfactory, however they were subject to detailed comparative scrutiny in 1896 (3/1/1893).
The numbers of books and the cost of the subscription are recorded in the Book Committee minutes for 1/1/1896.

In 1905 they offered 400 volumes for £100 per year (5s 0d per volume) instead of 350 for £102 10s. 0d (5s 10d per volume) (7/11/1905).
The arrangement to borrow 400 volumes of new books for £100 was agreed in a letter of 22/2/1906.
Two days later (24/2/1906) the Librarian was writing to tell them that he had not made any error and that 400 volumes for £100 was what it should be and on 3/3/1906 the arrangement was confirmed and a Mr Palmer was mentioned.
Payment of £100 for 1906-7 (5s 81/2d per volume) was agreed on 6/3/1906.
On 9/4/1907 it was reported that they insisted on 100 guineas (£105) for 400 volumes (5s 3d per volume).
The subscription with their library (2/3/1909 & 7/9/1909) was increased by £25 which secured an additional 190 volumes (presumably 590 volumes for £130; 4s 9d per volume).
The 100 guineas subscription for the year up to 31/3/1910 was paid and they were asked to have a stronger box made for transport of the books.

On 6/10/1914 the subscription was again reviewed as W.H. Smith was increasing it from £130 to £187 for 500 volumes (7s 6d per volume).
This was thought excessive and Lineker was sent to London to negotiate.

Eventually £168 15s for 450 volumes was agreed and paid on 2/3/1915.

See –– Mudie.

Smith’s Bank
They agreed to advance the £1700 for the purchase of Bromley House in 1820 after Wright’s Bank had declined so to do (20/11/1820).
See –– The Smiths - bankers of Nottingham.

Smith's Subscription Library
See –– W.H. Smith & Son.

Henry Smythe
Subscriber: 6/12/1852 to 3/4/1860.

Mr Sneed

See –– Berryman & Snook.

Herbert Durant Snook, Esq.
Merchant. Clothing manufacturer: Snook & Co.
Address: Stamford House, 48 Forest Road West.
Subscriber: 6/3/1894 to 1916.
Share number: 203 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
He was born on 23/12/1867 in Nottingham and educated at Nottingham High School and Trent College.

Herbert Durant Snook

James Snook
Subscriber: 7/7/1879 to 12/12/1899.

William James Snowden
Address: 61 Loughborough Road, West Bridgford.
Subscriber: 10/4/1900 to 3/11/1908.
Share number: 257 (counterfoil dated 2/4/1902).

William Soars
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 4/10/1819.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

William Soars
Subscriber: 5/4/1825 to 4/11/1833.

Henry Sollary & Son
Plumbers, glaziers, gas, bar & steam fitters, brass founders.
Address: 4 Mount Street [Post Office, 1876]; 2 Mount Street (White, 1885; Kelly, 1891), 12 St James Street [Wright, 1915].

They frequently did work for the Library over many years with payments recorded between November 1870 and August 1915.
They also did some window cleaning for a few years after 1900.

In the winter of 1889 they were asked to replace a gas fire in the Standfast Library (3/12/1889).
They submitted an estimate of £6 for the removal of the old closets in the yard and their replacement with a modern one (12/6/1906).
Their estimate of £13 for improvements to the upstairs lavatory was accepted (2/6/1908) An estimate of £13 for the replacement of front cornice was also accepted (2/11/1909).

When, in 1909, the roof needed repairs, their estimate, made through a Mr Carr, of £80, plus 3 tons of the old lead worth £36, was accepted. (1/4/1909).

George Sollory of H. Sollory & Son was also listed as a silk and cotton winder at 2 Mount Street. [Wright, 1894-95]

See –– R.C. Sutton.

Rev Clifton Somerwell
Congregational minister.
Address: Clifton; 11 Clarendon Street.
Subscriber: 12/2/1901 to 4/3/1913.
Share number: 63 (certificate: 2/4/1902).
Committee: 1902, 1904, 1905.
He attended General Meetings: 1903, 1904, 1906.
He was one of ten nominations for the 1904 Committee.

The share was transferred to William Ernest Clifton.


In 1910 Nelson’s 'Standard Books' were compared with Sonnenschein’s 'Best Books' and the subscription to the latter was continued (4/10/1910).

Henry Sotheran & Co
Book dealers.

[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

They were told that an offer of £270 for Audobon’s Birds of America would be accepted (7/5/1907).
In the event they paid £230 on 7/6/1907 and also £50 for Gould’s British Birds.

In 1882, in association with C. Wheatley of 8 St Peter's Gate, they published Cornelius Brown's Lives of the Nottinghamshire worthies.

John Tricks Spalding
, Esq., JP (1843-1924)
Address: 4 Wellington Circus (1881); 22 Villa Road.
Subscriber: 6/4/1897 to 1916.
Share number: 204 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
Committee: 1898, 1899.
Book Committee: 1898.

He was thanked for this on 5/3/1914.
It is a five volume work which was printed privately in 1912 and which has his photograph and signature as its frontispiece.
Its full title is A bibliographical account of the works relating to English topography in the Library of John Tricks Spalding J.P. Nottingham.

He was a subscriber to Russell’s History (1916).

Born in Exeter in 1843 he moved to London and then to Nottingham and with William Griffin developed the drapery business of R & E Dickinson into Griffin & Spalding which later became Debenhams on Market Square.

He was a city councillor and supported St Thomas's church.
He assembled a collection of hand made lace and embroidery which was presented to the city.
An album of photographs of some 50 pieces from this collection was assembled and presented to Spalding by the City of Nottingham on 5 March 1923 in acknowledgement of this gift.
This album entitled Manuscript Album with original photographs made on the occasion of the gift of the lace collection owned by John Tricks Spalding to the City of Nottingham in 1923 was offered for sale on the antique book market in 2007 for £1500.

A Freemason, he was distinguished for his benevolence and courtesy. (Mellors, 1924).

In 1868 in St Martin's-in-the-Fields he married Katherine (or Catherine) Chambers, daughter of Stephen Aveling and they had three children
  1. William Arthur Spalding (1872-1963),
  2. William Spalding (1873-1955)
  3. Margaret Spalding (b.1874).
John T. Spalding and his two sons have memorials in St Peter's church.

John Tricks Spalding
[4108 & 4237]

George Sparrow & Son, formerly just as Mr Sparrow
Decorative artists, painters, gilders, ecclesiastical and general decorators, paper hanging dealers and manufacturers.
Address: 11 Park Row. George Sparrow, home: Claremount. North Road, The Park. [Wright, 1894-95].

Sparrow and Sons were given the contract to paint the library on a number of occasions:

Date of

Ammount of
Date of




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
£28 0s 0d

6/4/1897 Outside painting Tender unsuccessful

31/7/1900 Painting
Tender accepted: ‘if Mr Sparrow is prepared
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
4/5/1909 Painting in
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.

See –– W. Lucy & Co.; William Windle

George Sparrow
Subscriber: 7/12/1874 to 1/4/1901.
The share passed to Mrs S. Sparrow.

Reginald G. Sparrow
Address: Lenton Avenue, The Park.
Subscriber: 7/4/1908 to 1916.
Share number: 205 (counterfoil dated 7/4/1908). A registration fee of 2s 6d were received on 31/7/1908.

Minuted book requests:
He bought books from the Library for:
3s 0d 7/11/1907
6s 0d 12/12/1908
5s 0d 11/12/1909

The share was transferred from Mrs Susan Sparrow.

Mrs Susan Sparrow
Address: Lenton Avenue, The Park.
Subscriber: 1/4/1901 to 7/4/1908.
Share number: 205 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
The share was passed from George Sparrow and then transferred to Reginald G. Sparrow.

Robert Henry Speed, Esq.
Address: Cavendish Road East; 13 St Peter's Gate. (Wright, 1910-11)
Subscriber: 3/4/1855 to 1916. In 1916 he would have been a subscriber for more than 61 years (See below).
Share number: 206 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867 and also that regarding the tenure of the office of President in May 1875. See –– J. Place.

He was born in 1823 and married Emma, daughter of Joseph Morris.

His death was noted at the 1914 General Meeting when he had been a subscriber for 59 years, but he was still listed as a subscriber in 1916.

Robert Henry Speed

Mr Spencer
See –– John Spencer

Rev Spencer
Address: St James, Radford (curate).

The Standfast Ledger records two borrowings between 13/7/1835 and 3/11/1835.

Mrs Spencer
Subscriber: 1/2/1847 to 6/12/1852.
The share was transferred from William Surplice subject to arrears of £1 17s 6d being paid.

Charles Spencer
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 1/7/1844.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

John Spencer
Subscriber: 19/12/1817 to 5/3/1821

In May 1818 he was fined 3s 6d for loss or damage to Blackwell’s Sacred Cloyissat (?) which Henry Barnett had valued at 7s. 0d (15/5/1818).
Another fine of 10s 5d was levied on 2/4/1821.
In April 1821 it was noted that Spencer had transferred his share to Mr. Selby, and that his fine of 10s 5d went with it, and Selby was then suspended from membership until it was paid (18/4/1821).


S. Spencer
Subscriber: 3/5/1858 to 23/3/1863.
On 6/10/1862 he was fined 2s 6d for lending to a non-subscriber.

Mrs J. Spendlove
Address: Lenton.; 25 Clifton Gardens, Folkestone.
Subscriber: 1/4/1908 to 1916.
Share number: 207 (counterfoil dated 20/3/1909)

Joseph Spendlove
Subscriber: 5/5/1879 to 1/4/1908.
His death was noted (7/4/1908) and the share passed to Mrs Spendlove.

Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885)
A print of his The Bookworm, the original of which is in the Schäfer Gallery in Schweinfurt, is in the Front Reading Room (2006).

Rev William Standfast (1683-1754)
Rector of Clifton.
Address: Clifton.

He was the son of Nicholas Standfast of Bristol and held a BA of Oxford University and an MA of Cambridge University.
After ordination he served as incumbent in various parishes before returning to Cambridge to study medicine and take both an MB and a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1729.

He married Mary Smith, formerly Mary Manley daughter of Thomas Manley.
Mary was the widow of Thomas Smith (b.c. 1682; d. 8/1/1727-8) who was the elder brother of Abel Smith (b.c. 1690; d. December 1756) the Nottingham banker.
See –– Smith Genealogy.

William Standfast gave a collection of books to the Bluecoat Charity School at Weekday Cross in 1744 and these eventually came to Bromley House.

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

It seems that it was intended originally for Anglicans as its use was much later extended to other denominations (2/6/1862).

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.

Detailed rules for the library were drawn up covering subscriptions, quarterly inspections and the control of borrowing with a deposits on books borrowed and fines for failure to return. The library contained 647 volumes.
It opened in 1750 and George Ayscough produced its first catalogue.

It was in 1816 that the Committee of the Nottingham Subscription Library completed negotiations with the Standfast Trustees to take over the collection as a discrete entity and H. Barnett produced a revised catalogue in 1817.
The collection, by then about 1800 volumes, was moved to Bromley House and integrated in the enlarged collections there.
A payment of £5 per year went to the Trustees for repairs and purchases of books and this continued up to 1892.
Sadly many of the finest items were sold in 1926. (Hoare, 1991)

The original deed dated 20/12/1816 and By-laws dated 28/4/1817 survive.
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

An ownership inscription for the
Standfast Library

A book label from the Standfast Library
probably designed in 1817.


John Standfast

As honorary secretary to the Thoroton Society he wrote asking Bromley House Library .....
..... 'if they could obtain a local habitation for the winter months' .....
.....for meetings.

His request was declined (14/11/1899).

Alfred W. Stanfield
Address: Lincoln Circus, The Park.
Subscriber: 9/9/1902 to 1916.
Share number: 243 (counterfoil signed by him and dated 14/5/1903).
He attended the General Meeting: 1903.

A registration fee of 2s 6d was received on 9/3/1905.

E. Stanford & Co.
Map and guide book specialists.
Address: London.

On 26/4/1904 they were asked to supply a catalogue of guide books including those by John Murray.

G.E. Stanger
Subscriber: 7/9/1874 to 2/10/1876.

The Standfast Ledger records one borrowing on 5/1/1863.
He signed the memorial regarding the tenure of the office of President in May 1875. See –– J. Place.

Rev Robert Stanser
He was a member of the ‘North Class’ of the White Lion Book Society in 1788-9.
See –– William Moore.

Mr Stapleton
He supplied towels, charging 12s 1d for the year in 1916.

A. Stapleton

Thomas Rawston Starey, JP (1819-1891)
Coach builder.
Address: Sherwood Rise; then from 1861 Daybrook.
Some early entries look like' Storey'.
Subscriber: 1/12/1845 to 2/6/1891.
He was a subscriber for more than 45 years.
President: 1/4/1878 to 5/4/1881.
Committee: 1851, 1852, 1854, 1855, 1857, 1858, 1869, 1870, 1872, 1873, 1875, 1876, 1878, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1888, 1889.
Book Committee: 1879, 1881, 1882.
Finance Committee: 1875.
Fire Committee: 1876.
Rental review sub-committee: 1872.
Catalogue Committee: 1878, 1880.
Auditor: 1855, 1877.
Scrutator: 1856.

The Standfast Ledger records three borrowings between 2/9/1853 and 24/10/1853.

In 1867 he was one of the 23 subscribers asking on that salaries and wages at the Library be reduced (2/3/1867) and in 1874 he was one of 27 nominated as a Trustee of the Library, and he was one of the 14 elected (17/3/1874).

The signature of
Thomas Rawston Starey


He was born in Croydon and in 1859 was an officer in the Robin Hoods.
In 1867 he spoke lucidly on the Public Libraries Act at an influential meeting in the Mayor's parlour. which led to the approval of the Act by the Town Council and Starey becoming chairman of the Libraries Committee.

He was chairman of both the Sacred Harmonic Society and the Orchestral Society and on the committee of the Royal College of Music.

He was described as 'courtly in manner and amiable in disposition'. (Mellors, 1914 & 1924).

See –– James Oldknow.

Mrs Emily Starkey
Address: Gonalston Hall, Gonalston; Pleasley Vale, Mansfield (1904).
Subscriber: 1/5/1899 to 1916.
Share number: 208 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
This was one of the five shares sold illegally by William Moore, librarian.

As Librarian, Arthur Lineker had shown great concern for subscribers and this earned him much praise when eventually he left the service of the Library after his financial indiscretions in 1926.
An example of this help was his sending by post to Mrs Starkey a copy of Rittner’s Impressions of Japan and in his accompanying letter dated 24/2/1904 asking her to return the two books she had borrowed.

Starling of Blackhurst & Starling
See –– J. Page: electric light in Library.

William Beedham Starr
Address: 470 Mansfield Road.
Subscriber: 3/8/1909 to 1916.
Share number: 16 (counterfoil dated 12/4/1910).

Mr Stavel(e)y
This was very probably Edward Staveley (see below).

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.

Edward Staveley
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 7/8/1837.
Committee: 1820, 1821, 1823, 1824, 1827.

In 1820 he was a nominated purchaser of Bromley House (11/4/1820) and his name is associated with the Note of Hand under which £1700 was promised on 20/11/1820 and which was cancelled on 6/1/1823.
Sub-committee to negotiate sale of a parcel of land at Bromley House: 1821.
Auditor: 1819.

He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830) and his name appears on the Bill for legal work in association with the purchase of Bromley House (1822).

He and R.W. Almond were authorised to purchase a barometer and thermometer. (3/12/1821)
He was also to lend a clock to the Library until funds allowed for the purchase of one as well as procure a pair of Barden’s 18 inch Globes (3/12/1821)

He and William Stretton were to be the sub-committee authorised to order a gilt frame for Dr Storer’s portrait at a price not exceeding 15 guineas (4/2/1822).
This was increased to 20 guineas on 4/3/1822.
Mr Barber, the artist, was to be consulted.

The Share Interest Book shows that he held two Bromley House Building Shares from 1831 to 1837.
The Interest Book has a number of receipt slips pasted inside its covers and these include one acknowledging payment by James Archer (librarian) on 20/3/1835 of £2 10s 0d interest on Bromley House Building shares to E.W. Staveley less his £2 2s 0d subscription.
The Standfast Ledger records two borrowings between 13/8/1835 and 13/8/1835.

His gifts to the Library were:
  • casts (2/8/1819);
  • two busts (3/9/1827);
  • 3 books, but titles indistinct in minute book (2/10/1818);
  • Dalton: Meteorological Observations and Essays (3/5/1819);
  • Sylvester: Description of Derby Infirmary;
  • Sandys: Ovid (5/7/1819),
  • Constantine and Eugene (8vo.) (16/10/1818),
  • Smith: Designs Illustrative of Southey’s Thalaba (1816),
  • Essays on Design (8vo.) (16/10/1818),
  • Hogarth Illustrated (3 vols.; 8vo.) by Ireland (1816),
  • I Quattro Libri Architectura di Andrea Palladio for 1570 (1816),
  • Life of Washington (5 vols.; 4to.) (3/5/1819),
  • Pinkerton: Medals - 1784 (8vo.) (16/10/1818),
  • Crabbe: The Pyramids (1816),
  • Treatise on the Art of Preserving the Sight (5/1/1824).

The final share transfer is also recorded for 1/1/1838.

John Staveley
Subscriber: 14/3/1817 to 3/3/1823.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

John Staveley
Subscriber: 1/11/1830 to 5/5/1834.

Mr Stebens
See –– Riley.

E.B. Steegmann
Subscriber: 3/10/1870 to 7/4/1874.

Edward Steegmann
Subscriber: 3/2/1845 to 1/8/1864.
In 1855 he had incurred fines (6/8/1855), and again in 1862 he was written to about the fines he owed (4/8/1862).

Edward Steegmann
Subscriber: 4/4/1865 to 1/7/1872.
In 1867 he was one of the 23 subscribers asking on that salaries and wages at the Library be reduced (2/3/1867).

The two Edward Steegmanns and E.B. Steegmann could well be one and the same person.

R. Steel (or Steele)
Subscriber: 7/4/1891 to 3/7/1894.

John Stenson
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 2/4/1832.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).
Newsroom subscriber: 1831.

Octavius Sterland
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 1/3/1841.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831 (listed as A. Sterland).
Committee: 1828, 1829, 1831, 1832, 1834, 1835, 1838, 1839.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

He (listed 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)

W.H. Sterling
The Standfast Ledger records three borrowings (5/11/1855).

Stevens Bros
Blind, curtain and revolving shutter manufacturers.
Address: 44 Clumber Street & 184 Waterway Street. (Telephone number: 1437 and 360x). [Wright, 1915]

They provided the Library with blinds
11/12/1900 £6 11s 6d
13/2/1902 £2 15s 0d
4/7/1905 16s 11d
Their unrecorded estimate for supplying
and fitting blinds to the upper windows
of the Reading Room was accepted
4/8/1908 £1 4s 6d

Miss Augusta Martha Stevens or Mrs Alfred J. Dobson
Address: The Yews, Beeston.
Subscriber: 13/8/1901 to April 1903.
Share number: 67.

Miss Stevenson
The Share Interest Book shows that a Miss Stevenson held one Bromley House Debenture Shares for about six months from January 1859.

Mr Stevenson
Library staff.
On 3/2/1862 it was recorded that he received £6 for 'temporary labours'.

This company or person was asked for an estimate for providing bookcases on 6/9/1869.

Philip Henry Stevenson
Registrar of the University College, Nottingham;
accountant, auditor, house and estate agent, collector, secretary to the Sacred Harmonic Society, and insurance agent.
Address: Brougham Chambers, 4 1/2 Wheelergate; Home: The Redlands, Vickers Street, Mapperley. [White, 1885]
n May 1881 he collected £4 17s 6d from the Library as some form of tax or rate.

Richard Stevenson
Address: Barton.
Subscriber: 7/8/1832 to 2/7/1855.
The Standfast Ledger records one borrowings between 24/6/1840 and 24/6/1840.


Thomas Stevenson
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 7/8/1832.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

W.H. Stevenson
Subscriber: 7/1/1884 to 3/12/1889.

William Henry Stevenson, MA (1868-1924) was Fellow and Librarian of St John's College, Oxford.
He produced, among a range of other works, the five volumes of the Nottingham City Records. (Mellors, 1924)

See –– Michael Browne: rates liability sub committee - 1885.

Rev William R. Stevenson MA (1823-1889)
Baptist minister.
Subscriber: 7/7/1851 to 1/12/1891.
Committee: 1861, 1862, 1864, 1865, 1867, 1868, 1870, 1871, 1873, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1881, 1882, 1884, 1885, 1887.
Book Committee: 1877, 1885, 1887, 1888.
Catalogue Committee: 1877.
Building sub-Committee: 19/3/1883.
Scrutator for trustee selection in 1874.
See –– Robert Evans: alterations and building at Bromley House - 1883.

The Standfast Ledger records 16 borrowings between 13/6/1851 and 12/9/1866.

In 1867 he was one of the 23 subscribers asking that salaries and wages at the Library be reduced ( 2/3/1867) and he proposed the motion for a two year tenure of the President in 1875.

His request to acquire a second share was considered on 5/2/1877.
The matter was deferred until 5/3/1877 when he sold one share and bought another.

He was educated at Nottingham Grammar School and University College, London and then at the Baptist Theological College in leicester.
He became minister at the Broad Street Baptist Church (1851 to 1876) and at Chelsea Street (1878 to 1885).
He was a classical and mathematical tutor at Chilwell Baptist College from 1858 to 1875.

A leading hymnologist, he both edited hymnals and contributed to Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology.
He was a man of cultivated mind and wide sympathies, a lifelong abstainer, and the first minister in Nottingham to adopt and aid the Temperance and Band of Hope movement. (Mellors, 1924)

The signature of
William R. Stevenson


Bernhard Franz Stiebel
Lace merchant.
Address: 8 Upper College Street.
Subscriber: 5/1/1886 to 1916.
Share number: 209 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).

Minuted book request:

Dr William Phillimore Stiff, MB
See –– William Phillimore Phillimore .

Dr Stiff changed his name to Phillimore midway through his career.

Harry Stokes of Hubbard & Stokes
Painter and decorator.
Address: 21 & 22 Forman’s Buildings, Goldsmith Place (Wright, 1915-16); Home: Cambridge Villas, 45 Church Drive. [Wright, 1894-95].
He (or they) did work for the Library:
Date of

Amount of
Date of
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

7/7/1914 14s 6d

Miss L. Stone
Subscriber: 3/4/1849 to 1/4/1851.

John Stones
Subscriber: 4/3/1816 to 23/5/1817.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831, 1832, 1833.

Dr Charles Storer (1813-1891)
Address: Lowdham Grange.
Subscriber: 7/3/1842 to 3/11/1891. He was a subscriber for more than 49 years.
Committee: 1844.

The Share Interest Book shows that a Dr Storer held four Bromley House Building Shares from 1831 to 1851.
The Standfast Ledger records two borrowings between 29/6/1850 and 3/7/1850.

He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.

The transfer of a share by Mrs Storer was recorded in the 1892 General Meeting minutes.
He was the grandson of Dr John Storer, first President of the Library.

Dr John Storer, MD FRS (1747-1837)
Consulting Physician Extraordinary to the Nottingham General Hospital (a life appointment).
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 6/12/1841.
President: 2/4/1816 to 6/4/1819. He was the original President of 1816.
Address: Thurland Hall; later Lenton Firs.
Committee: 1816, 1817, 1818.

He was named on the Standfast Library Transfer Deed (20/12/1816) and also named as a Trustee of Bromley House in the minute and document of 1/4/1822.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1831) with his being the first signature.
The Share Interest Book shows that a Dr Storer held four Bromley House Building Shares from 1831 to 1851.

He was born on 21/7/1747 at Fossaway in Kinross in Scotland the only son of the Rev John Storer.
Educated at the Grammar School in Stirling (1760-1762) with a Dr Doig and later at the University of Glasgow, he turned from the church to medicine and joined the Army Medical Service.
His service in Holland was honoured when William, Prince of Orange, conferred on him (Chirurgien Storer of a Scottish Regiment) the freedom of the cities of Holland.
This was for restoring to fitness a person found in a canal.
The document associated with this event is dated 7/10/1777.
By 4/8/1777 he had set up his medical practice in Grantham moving to Nottingham in May 1781.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Society: the Certificate of which runs as follows :-
John 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
        John Gillies
        George Pearson

The paper referred to above appeared in the Philosophical Transactions, vol CV, (1815), p. 54.

This successful and public-spirited Scottish doctor was elected as the first President of the Library at the first meeting held at his house, Thurland Hall, on 2/4/1816.
He was a founder of the Nottingham General Hospital and Sneinton Lunatic Asylum and was active in the setting up of the Vaccination Institution.

After his retirement from the General Hospital in 1802 he was elected Consulting Physician Extraordinary for life.
He practised at Thurland Hall up to 1828 when he moved to Lenton Firs.

He was also the first President of the Artizans’ Library founded in 1824 and a member of the ‘Town Class’ of the White Lion Book Society in 1788-9 (see William Moore) and his name was found in 1896 on a book label of that Library from about 1815.

He was on the 1816 Committee to draw up rules, investigate building and appoint a librarian.
In 1818 insurance was arranged for the Nottingham Subscription Library with the Atlas Insurance Office in the names of John Wright and John Storer with books valued at £1000, furniture at £100 and the Standfast Library at £500 (16/1/1818).

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 (3/10/1820).
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
I 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 linger.

He died at his home at Lenton Firs on 17/9/1837 aged 90 and is buried at Hawksworth. (Mellors, 1924)

John Storer
[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).

His name is commemorated in Nottingham through the John Storer Clinic on The Ropewalk. This clinic deals with various forms of addictions and substance abuse.

J.B. Storey
Subscriber: 1/4/1823 to 3/9/1827.
    On 3/9/1827 his share was forfeited and was to be 'sold for payment of 4 years arrears of subscription by Mr J Pearson'. The transfer was also recorded on 31/3/1828.

Mrs Williamina Story
Address: Forest Grove.
Subscriber: 7/9/1886 to 1916.
Share number: 210 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).

G.E. Stranger
Subscriber: 2/8/1858 to 1/10/1866.

Richard Strelley
Subscriber: 6/6/1836 to 7/11/184.
On 1/4/1839 the Committee noted his fines, and on 1/8/1842 his share was declared to be forfeited and it was to be sold.

Alexander Stretton
Subscriber: 4/3/1850 to 6/6/1853.

George Stretton
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 19/9/1817.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

Colonel William Stretton
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 7/5/1832.
Committee: 1816, 1818 to 1822, 1824, 1825.
He was a member of the original Committee of 1816 was on the Committee that drew up rules, investigated buildings and appointed a librarian.
He was named on the Standfast Library Transfer Deed (20/12/1816). See –– William Standfast.

In 1820 he reported on the suitability of Bromley House giving the Committee his estimate of the price and he was a nominated purchaser (11/4/1820).
His name is associated with the Note of Hand under which £1700 was promised on 20/11/1820 and which was cancelled on 6 January 1823 and he was a member of the sub-committee authorised to negotiate the sale of a parcel of land at Bromley House in 1821.

He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830) and his name appears on the Bill for legal work in association with the purchase of Bromley House (1822).

A minute of 2/8/1819 states that Stretton is to provide gas lights for the passage, hopefully as a result of an offer rather than as a demand.
The Share Interest Book shows that Colonel Stretton held four Bromley House Building Shares for about a year in 1831.

See –– Edward Staveley and Dr Storer’s portrait.

Charles W. Stringer
Subscriber: 6/11/1876 to 2/9/1878.
He bought an original share for £25 on 13/10/1876 and paid £1 1s 0d as subscription for the remaining part of the year (6/11/1876).
The transfer of his share was deferred on 6/8/1878.

Mr Sulley
Subscriber: 5/5/1884 to 5/5/1884. An immediate transfer.
Scrutator: 1889.

A.J. Sulley
He was asked for the name of a reliable picture restorer in connection with the portrait of the Duke of Richmond (7/5/1907) and he recommended Keep (7/6/1907).

Edward Sulley
Subscriber: 5/3/1877 to 1/4/1879.

Henry Sulley
Address: 53 Dryden Street.
Subscriber: 5/5/1914 to 1916.
Share number: 41 (counterfoil dated 16/4/1915).

Minuted book request:
He was a subscriber to Russell’s History (1916).

Joseph Sulley
Address: 4 Poultry [Post Office, 1876].

The Library paid him:
£6 5s 0d 4/9/1876
£56 10s 6d 3/12/1877
£12 10s 0d 2/4/1878

William Sulley
Subscriber: 3/2/1873 to 7/4/1891.
Address: Mapperley Road
Committee: 1875, 1876, 1878, 1879, 1890.
Scrutator: 1875.
Temporary Honorary Secretary from 3/5/1875 to 5/7/1875.

Sun Insurance
See –– Insurance

S.H. Surplice
Subscriber: 7/6/1830 to 2/5/1836.
On 2/3/1835 he was fined 5s 0d for lending two volumes of almanacs to Mr Hunt of Beeston and on 1/6/1835 it was decided that the fines due would be enforced.

William Surplice
Subscriber: April 1823 to 1/2/1847.
On 7/8/1843 he was sent a notice of forfeiture of his share and on 2/12/1844 he was warned not to lend books out of his family (Rule 32).
The final transfer of the share was made with arrears of £1 17s 6d.

Mr Sutton

Poor rates were collected by someone with this, or a similar name
£2 15s 4d 4/8/1883
£4 8s 0d March 1886

Mr Sutton
He was appointed as the Bookseller to the Library for 1836, 1841, 1849 and 1853.

Sutton’s Circulating Library
This was on Bridlesmith Gate in 1815 and dealt only with new books.

Sutton & Co.
Parcels carriers.
Address: 27 Castle Gate (William P. Watson, agent) [Wright, 1894-95]; later 34 Castle Gate (F.W. Toynbee, agent (Wright, 1915-16)
The Library used them for 'carriage' between May 1907 and 1916, but what was being carried and to where is not recorded.

Sutton & Gregory
Architects and surveyors
Address: Bromley House. (Telephone number: 1653) [Wright, 1915]

The Library Rent Book shows them as using the ground floor at the back by January 1909 and paying £52 per annum plus rates up to March 1911.
The date of the change from R.C. Sutton to Sutton & Gregory is not clearly indicated but from the entries in directories it seems to have been in about 1910.

On 4/7/1911 the renewal of the lease for five years at £52 p.a. had been agreed and they gave notice to quit on 4/4/1916.

Building work by Sutton & Gregory in Nottinghamshire included:
  • St Faith's church, Collygate Road (1913-15).

Mr Sutton probably R.C. Sutton

In 1858 he was offered the Chess Room at £12 per annum (6/12/1858) and three years later a request to make alterations was approved (1/7/1861).
He increased the accommodation rented in 1864 by taking the rooms vacated by Watts at a total rent of £36 per year along with 10s 0d for use of gas (7/3/1864).
In April 1869 it was agreed that he could sub-let his room (6/4/1869).

Ernest Richard Ecket Sutton
Address: Bromley House (tenant).

He took over the rooms vacated by the Librarian, Arthur Lineker, paying £52 per year from 1906 to 1911 for a ground floor back room.
In 1906 he seems to have vacated another room rented for £20 per annum (3/7/1906).

A dispute over 10s 0d he owed for some coal that he had left in the cellar developed and his request for this payment to be remitted was refused (2/10/1906).

He paid rent of £3 15s 0d on 12/7/1906, as did R.C. Sutton on the previous day, and from October 1906 he paid £16 15s 0d.
The two Suttons must have had some form of partnership.
He is listed in Wright’s Directory for 1898 and in Kelly’s Directory for 1904.

J. Sutton
The Subscription Book links the name of Rawlinson with J. Sutton in connection with a payment of £25 0s 0d rent on 9/7/1853.

Richard Sutton
Subscriber: 4/9/1826 to 9/3/1829.
He was known as 'Junior'.

Richard Sutton
Subscriber: 7/4/1829 to 2/8/1858.
Address: The Folly of The Grove, Radford.
Scrutator: 1850.
The Standfast Ledger records one borrowing between 16/10/1851 and 16/10/1851.
Like his father, Charles Sutton, he was proprietor of the Nottingham Review and was described as 'an earnest, able and religious man'.
He was a local preacher and worked for the public good. (Mellors, 1914)

Richard Charles Sutton
Architect, surveyor & land agent.
Address: Bromley House, Angel Row, Market Place. [Post Office, 1876; Wright, 1894-95]; Carisbrooke, 2 Southey Street, Forest Grove.
Subscriber: 1/5/1899 to 7/3/1916.
Share number: 211 (counterfoil dated 9/2/1901).
He attended General Meetings: 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915.
Deceased. His death was noted at the 1916 General Meeting.

The Accounts Book shows a payment of £7 10s 0d on 22/3/1869 and such sums, with some of £8 0s 0d, continued quarterly until 1884.
From 1884 to 1892 £50 0s 0d per annum was paid in quarterly portions and from 1892 to 1896 the annual rent of £30 0s 0d is again recorded.

In 1881 Sutton applied to become a tenant of the rooms used by Mr Perry and was offered the space for £20 per annum (4/7/1881).
This agreement was amended on 4/12/1882 with his agreement and on 1/10/1883 his rent was raised to £50 per annum and in 1888 the state of his chimney was referred to the President (John Bradley) (6/11/1888).

In 1891 he gave notice of his wish to leave his offices, which were to be taken by Hill & Slack, coal merchants.
The same meeting learnt that R.C. Sutton was to take over the office used by Coke & Mills (7/7/1891).
It is possible that two Mr Suttons were involved at this time.

Early in 1892 Sutton was agreeing to take the small office in the hall at £15 per annum but stating that he did not need a gaslight as proposed by the Library ( 2/2/1892) and a minute from the November meeting confirms Sutton's rent at £30 per annum ( 3/11/1892).

On 3/3/1896 Sylvanus Redgate was released from his tenancy of the former Law Library room and Sutton was to take it for £11 per annum.
However, it must have needed attention as the Committee asked that it be put into good order (6/6/1896).
But just a few months later on Sutton gave notice to quit this extra room (6/10/1896) and this was accepted (3/11/1896) subject to him paying up to 25/3/1897.

His letter of 29/9/1897 relinquishing the use of his upstairs rented room was considered on 5/10/1897.
This room was to be advertised (7/12/1897) but Sutton was offered use of a ground floor room on 4/1/1898.
He was allowed to have the National Telephone Co. attach a telephone line to Bromley House (8/4/1902).

He sent a letter with suggestions and a plan of proposed alterations to his accommodation, but these were rejected (12/5/1903). In late 1904 he, Frederic W. Heazell and W.E. Middleton wrote to point out their lack of ‘lavatorial accommodation’ and requesting an additional electric light on the staircase.
Sollory & Sons, plumbers, gave an estimate of £6 16s 0d for fitting a sink on the second floor (8/11/1904).
This was done as on 10/1/1905 the Committee received a letter of thanks for a basin but pointing out that the light was still a problem.
The three tenants were prepared to have the work done and the Committee agreed to it.
Heazell and Middleton signed as Sutton was ‘ill in bed’.

Minuted book requests:

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 Library Rent Book shows him paying £30 per annum payable quarterly from June 1900 to 1906 and then £40 per annum up to November 1910 when the tenancy expired with effect from 25/11/1910. (see also Sutton & Gregory)
On 12/7/1906 he paid rent of £3 15s 0d as did E.R. Sutton on the following day.
The two Suttons must have had some form of partnership.
On 4/10/1910 Sutton gave notice that he would quit his rented room in 6 months time (also 6/12/1910 & 3/1/1911) and the room was taken by a Mrs Field (6/12/1910).
On 14/6/1906 there had been a new five year tenancy agreement for the lower office in the hall to start from 24/6/1906 at £52 per annum.
By 23/3/1909 this tenancy was with Sutton & Gregory.

His vacant room was to be let (9/1/1911).

The letter, signed by John Russell as Honorary secretary, ends:
 'I hope your sojourn in the south is benefiting your health'.

The room letting was returned to on 7/7/1911 when Parker Woodward was asked to draw up a new tenancy agreement between the Library and Sutton & Gregory.

Building work by R.C. Sutton in Nottinghamshire included:
  • Wesleyan School, 12 Kirk Hill, Bingham (1859),
  • Congregational Chapel, Castlegate (1863),
  • St Saviour’s, Arkwright Street (1863-4),
  • Walter Fountain, Greyfriars gate and Carrington Street, demolished 1950 (1866),
  • extension to House of Correction, Burgage Green, Southwell (1868),
  • Parliament Street Methodist Chapel on the corner of George Street (1874),
  • St Philip, Pennyfoot Street, demolished 1963 (1879),
  • St George’s, Kirkwhite Street West (1887-9),
  • United Methodist Free Church, Kimberley and Mortuary Chapel nearby (1890).

Francis Swaine (d.1782)
His Marine scene, in the manner of Van der Veld, school of Monamy, [oil on canvas] was present in 1916 (Russell, 1916) and is now in the Reading Room (2006).

Chimney piece and fireplace
in Bromley House in about 1916
showing a
Marine Scene
Francis Swaine
in the manner of
Van de Veld.

Photograph by
Arthur Lineker.

Colonel Swann
Subscriber: 5/3/1849 to 4/10/1852.

When he joined in 1849 he was a Major, but by 1852 had attained the rank of Colonel.

On 4/10/1852 the Library was to purchase his share for £5 and this forfeited share was not reissued until 4/9/1871.

Christopher Swann
Subscriber: 5/2/1816 to 5/11/1838.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831, 1832, 1833.
He was known as 'Junior'.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

He was notified of his subscription arrears on 4/12/1838 and again on 5/3/1838 and on 4/6/1838 he was sent a copy of Rule 35 concerning arrears of subscription.

The Share Interest Book shows that he held one Bromley House Building Share from 1831 to 1843.

Christopher Swann

Subscriber: 20/3/1865 to 7/8/1866.
The share was transferred from H.K. Swann.

Edward Allott Swann
Subscriber: 3/4/1821 to April 1825.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).
The share seems to have been passed to Mrs Edward Swann by 1825.

Mrs Edward Allott Swann
Subscriber: 5/4/1825 to April 1830.

Henry Kirke Swann (b.1838)
Subscriber: 7/3/1859 to 20/3/1865.
He was the son of Christopher Swann.
The share was transferred to Christopher Swann.

John Swann
Subscriber: 2/6/1821 to 4/2/1839.
He bought an original share.

Kirke Swann
Subscriber: 4/3/1816 to 2/8/1858.
Newsroom subscriber: 1831, 1832, 1833.
Committee: 1825, 1826.
He was a member of the 1816 Committee to collect deposits.
Auditor: 1825, 1826.
He signed the Library Rules (1816-1830).

The Standfast Ledger records 24 borrowings between 24/12/1834 and 2/9/1843.

On 6/6/1842 Rev W.J. Butler charged that the Scrutineers at the Annual General Meeting had made a false return of names for the Committee.
Booth Eddison and Kirk Swann attended the Committee meeting and gave ‘an unqualified denial’ of this. The Committee found the charge groundless.

The Share Interest Book shows that he held two Bromley House Building Shares from 1831 to 1856.

The share was transferred to the Rev Kirke Swann.

Rev Kirke Swann
Subscriber: 2/8/1858 to 5/7/1887.
The share was transferred from Kirke Swann.

George Swanwick
Newsroom subscriber: 1831.

Sydenham Society
See –– Medico-Chirurgical Society.
Some publications were bought from this society for 14s 0d on 28/10/1871.

Robert James Sykes
Subscriber: 6/6/1853 to 4/3/1872.
He signed the memorial in support of Count Marioni (librarian) in 1867.

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  7 October 2009

Neal Priestland