One of the foundation stones on the Tring High Street Baptist Church and the church itself, taken October 2008.
John MARNHAM, Boxmoor, late 19th century
(Also William HUCKVALE, Architect, Tring, 19/20th century)
From Notes on Stevenage by E V Methold, published 1902:The site of the Bunyan Baptist Chapel was paid for by subscriptions, and the building itself was the gift of John Marnham, Esq., who at his sole expense paid for the erection of the same and for all the interior fittings. The Architect was Mr. Huckvale, of Tring, and the builders were Messrs. Willmott & Sons, of Hitchin, the contract price being £2,200.Do you have this one, and is there much evidence for William Huckvale taking contracts outside the immediate Tring area?
Many thanks indeed for this reference. I did not know of it although the pastor at Northchurch Baptist Church told me that he understood there to be another church over that way, which wasn't much to go on.I should be interested to know who this John Marnham was - his name appears on the foundation stone of the High Street church here too. By tradition the Huckvales were Baptists and had begun the church at Chipping Norton; William himself (or at least his wife) seems to have been C of E, but probably retained a soft spot.As yet I haven't found much evidence for work outside the Tring area although William's obituary says that there had been. He was involved in the early days of Trust Houses. I came across some cottages in Aldenham which look like his work, paid for by J.P. Morgan, who was no doubt a friend of Natty's [Nathanial Rothschild]; I suspect William Huckvale might have obtained a lot of work that way.
A google search showed a small number of references that linked John Marnham with the Baptist Church at the national level and the following two references from the Hemel Hempstead Gazette, published online under the title "100 Years Ago".
The Gazette carried a two-column obituary report on the death and funeral of Mr John Marnham J.P.(after whom a ward at Hemel Hempstead Hospital is named). There were also comments in the leader column. “Mr Marnham’s name and fame travelled far outside our local limits. As a prominent Nonconformist he was known throughout the country especially in the Baptist Church of England and and his liberality to missionary work, both foreign and at home was on the largest scale. There seemed to be no bounds to his free-handed munificence and to many of the wealthy members of society his example administers a rebuke.” [The report had been transcribed as an example of a press account of a significant local death. It provides much more information about John Marnham and his work for the Baptist Church - see Death and Funeral of Mr John Marnham of Boxmoor]
The will was published of Mr John Marnham who had lived at The Hollies, Boxmoor and was a prominent local citizen. He left £500 to Hemel Hempstead Hospital and bequeathed a life pension of £1 a week to his head gardener John Glenister and his head gamekeeper John Bearman. [Jan 15 2004]
The Marnham family living in The Hollies, Boxmoor
|Name||Relation||1871 Census||1881 Census||1891 Census||1901 Census||Place of Birth|
|John Marnham||Head||45||Member Stock Exchange||
[Absent from home]
|65||Justice of the Peace||75||Justice of the Peace||Willesden, Middlesex|
|Elizabeth Marnham||Wife||47||[Absent from home]||65||75||London|
|Francis John Marnham||Son||17||Clerk to Stock Exchange||27||Member of Stock Exchange||Blackheath, Kent|
|Marian Elizabeth Marnham||Daughter||26||35||47||Blackheath, Kent|
|Ellen Marnham||Daughter||14||Scholar||24||34||45||Blackheath, Kent|
|Alice Mary Marnham||Daughter||13||Scholar||31||Blackheath, Kent|
|Catherine Marnham||Daughter||11||Scholar||21||31||41||Blackheath, Kent|
|Arthur H Marnham||Son||9||Scholar||19||Clerk||29||No Occupation||Blackheath, Kent|
|Herbert Marnham||Son||7||Scholar||17||Clerk||Blackheath, Kent|
|Alfred Marnham||Son||4||25||Stock Broker||34||Member Stock Exchange||Hemel Hempstead|
|Frederick Marnham||Son||2||Hemel Hempstead|
|Gertrude Franklin? Lown||Visitor||19||
[Married Francis John Marnham]
In addition each census shows a number of live-in domestic servants.
A checks of the 1899 Kelly's Directory confirmed John Marnham at "The Hollies" and came up with the following entries relating to his family:
|1899||Hemel Hempstead Gymnastic Club, Drill Hall, Hemel Hempstead||Russell Steele M.D. pres.; A. Marnham, vice-pres.; H. Fordham, hon. sec.|
|1899||Oxford Club, 47 London Road, Boxmoor||Miss Marnham, sec.|
John Marnham's son became a Member of Parliament.
Marnham, Francis John, J.P.; b. 1853, s. of John Marnham, J.P. of Boxmoor, Herts; m. 1881, Gertrude, d. of R. Dury Lown; one s. two d. Educ.: privately. Formerly Member Stock Exchange; J.P. County of Surrey; M.P. (L.) Chertsey Div .Surrey 1906-10; a Baptist. Address Meadfort Rock, Torquay, Devon. Club: National Liberal. [Who's Who, 1918]
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