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James Lamplugh Brooksbank - biographical notes



James Lamplugh Brooksbank

Noted compiled by John Barker in 2006 following conversations  with Ben

 

James Lamplugh Brooksbank was the father of Benjamin Brooksbank  --thus  Ed Brooksbank's grandfather. James was born on 21 Feb 1889 at Barco Hill, the family home in Penrith, Cumberland, the son of Walter Lamplugh Brooksbank and Marianne Madeleine Greenwell. The 1901 Census show him as a boarder, age 12, at a prep school in Great Gaddesden. In 1903 he was at Uppingham School. He went on to Trinity College, Oxford to read History but he didn't graduate due to his pre-occupation with (a) horses and (b) Monica Grace Blackett, his wife-to-be. James emigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 1912 and briefly took a job as an insurance salesman. Presently Monica, to whom he was engaged, went over to join him and they married in Vancouver on 21 September 1912. They set up a grocer's shop in the suburb of Kitsilano in Vancouver, from which James went round with a horse-drawn delivery cart while Monica 'kept the shop'. Then they bought a farm at Chilliwack, some 35 miles up the Fraser Valley, and farmed there for some two years.

When Jamesí father died in 1916 they sold up and returned to England, to look after what was left (after death duties) of the Lamplugh estate (consisting mostly of great tracts of Fells) and his four surviving sisters, who lived at a house at Lamplugh called Havercroft (see photo gallery). It being the height of World War One, James was prevailed upon to join the Army, was commissioned in a reserve of cavalry, and served in Ireland and Egypt. (He was in his element looking after horses, and was lucky enough not to be sent to the Palestine or Western Front). Meanwhile they rented a cottage at Gonerby, near Grantham, where Ben's elder sister was born in 1918. After the Great War they lived in a small and primitive cottage at Bird Dyke, Lamplugh, where Ben's surviving sister was born.

There was no Big House at Lamplugh by then -- it had been pulled down about 1815 and the stones used to build the present Lamplugh Farm (see photo), and it continued to be occupied by the (tenant) farmer after James' return. In 1922 James sold up most of Lamplugh and bought a farm at Twyning, near Tewkesbury -- a much more salubrious part of the country than West Cumberland. He farmed there successfully (considering the economic conditions -- and indulged his passion for horses and hunting right on through World War II -- and without a wife, Monica having left him in 1938 after Ben's elder sister Evelyn died (aged 20). They divorced in 1942. In 1953 he married Madeleine Susan Bryan, the widow of Francis Ralph Meath Baker of Hasfield Court, whose father William Meath Baker was a friend of Elgar.

Snapshot

date

event

place

1889

birth

Barco Hill, Penrith, Cumberland

1901

boarder, age 12

Prep School, Great Gaddesden, Herts

1907

reading History

Uppingham and Trinity College, Oxford (BA History)

1912

emigration

Canada

1912

marriage

in Vancouver

1913

grocer

in Kitsilano

1915

farmer

in Chilliwack

1916

return to UK

take over Lamplugh on death of Walter

1916

World War I

cavalry officer in in Ireland and Egypt

1917

residence

rented cottage at Gonersby, near Grantham

1918

birth of child 1

Evelyn is born at Gonersby

1919

residence

small and primitive cottage at Bird Dyke, Lamplugh

1920

birth of child 2

Grace Honor is born at Bird Dyke

1922

residence

sold up Lamplugh and bought farm at Twyning, Glos.

1926

birth of child 3

Ben is born at Brunswick Road, Hove

1938

death of child 1

Evelyn Monica dies and wife leaves him

1942

divorce

 

1953

marriage

to Madeleine Susan Bryan of Hasfield Court

1974

death

at Hasfield Court

PHOTO GALLERY


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