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sheather
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Post Wraxall/Lawrence/Sydenham
on: February 23, 2013, 09:34

Thank you for your article on Wraxall.

I realise that you are repeating what other sources have said, but may I offer two corrections?

First, the book by William Lawrence which you mention was in fact the same book in which he argued for the succession of the Duke of Monmouth, although there was a sequel. And although it is true that John Aubrey says it was written ona disaffection from his wife, Martah Sydenham of Wynford Eagle,the book appeared several years after her death. Aubrey’s story may be true, but it seems unlikely.

Second, the sonnet by Milton was indeed addressd to the son of Henry Lawrence, President of Cromwell’s Council, but this was a different Lawrence. The father of the William Lawrence of Wraxall was called William, not Henry.

Martha Sydenham was the brother of Col Sydenham, who was a member of Cromwell’s Council, and of Thomas Sydenham, the father of English medicine. Her mother was killed in front of her house at Wynford Eagle during the siege of Dorchester by a Royalist soldier, Major Williams. Martha’s brother Francis avenged his mother’s death a few months later by shooting dead Major Williams during the attack on Wareham by a group of Parliamentary troops.

I have been researching the family and life of William Lawrence and the history of Wraxall Manor, and have more information if anyone is interested.

I live at Wraxall Manor.

admin
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Post Re: Wraxall/Lawrence/Sydenham
on: March 15, 2013, 07:15

Thank you for your comments. I will review the article and add
a footnote.

Regards
Angela
http://www.dorset-ancestors.com

lnew61
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Post Re: Wraxall/Lawrence/Sydenham
on: September 24, 2013, 23:50

I came across the above posting during research into my ancestry. Although my question is not directly relevant to your posting above, I am searching for records about a family member’s time working at Wraxall Manor in 1930’s. Could you let me know if any such records exist which can be viewed by the public?

sheather
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Post Re: Wraxall/Lawrence/Sydenham
on: July 6, 2014, 19:59

Quote from lnew61 on September 24, 2013, 23:50
I came across the above posting during research into my ancestry. Although my question is not directly relevant to your posting above, I am searching for records about a family member’s time working at Wraxall Manor in 1930’s. Could you let me know if any such records exist which can be viewed by the public?

I have some a letter from Mrs Kathleen Stickley who worked at Wraxall Manor in the 1930s. contact me at sboyd.essexcourt.net if you would like to know more – not that there is much to tell

I live at Wraxall Manor.

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