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From: Peter Layzell <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Clarke of Purleigh Hall; Rev F. Morrell of Danbury;Totteridge Park School
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:51:01 +0100
As it's name sounds Purleigh Hall is the largest building in Purleigh.
In the early 1800's it was owned by James Harvey Bonnell who was a rich
landowner from Windsor and tenanted out to the Clarke's.
William Clarke Senior farmed it for about 40 years and then the lease
changed without any member of the Clarke Family taking over although
another son Charles did become a Farm Manger elsewhere.
I don't know when he arrived but he is shown in the 1836 Whites as
farming Purleigh Hall. He was born at Little Halingbury which is about
20 miles away but his wife was born in 1814 at Purleigh. As she would
have been 22 in 1836 and your William was born in 1836 it may have been
that his arrival was a few years before then.
Essex records Office do have a few papers relating to the Bonnell
estates and Purleigh hall at the time it was in the Clarke family but
sadly none are online so you would need someone to visit ERO and check
them or you could e mail ERO or Essex Family History Society who would
check for a small fee,
John and William Clarke appear at Totteridge Park Free School in the
1851 Census after which there was no trace of William ( we know that he
went to Australia) or John ( Did he go as well?)
The many other children appear in later census listings.
Totteridge Residents Association have a web site with a history page
that mentions the school - an e mail enquiry may help trace info on the
The Danbury Society have several members with lot's of local knowledge
about the history of Danbury- again an e mail may find an answer.
Online Parish Clerk for Burnham and the Villages of the Dengie Hundred
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