Sale of Live & Dead Stock

Temple Dinsley Estate

Preston, near Hitchin, Herts

From the Bedford Times,

 12th August 1854


The DARTON ownership of the Temple Dinsley Estate, Preston.

Elizabeth Ithell, by her will dated 3rd April, 1767, devised her estates to her steward, Thomas Harwood, who by his will dated the 10th January 1788, left them to his nephew, Joseph Darton, who died possessed of the same in 1795. Joseph, his eldest son and heir, who succeeded, left issue possessed of the same in 1795. Joseph, his eldest son and heir, who succeeded, left issue by Elizabeth, his wife, an only son, Thomas Harwood Darton, who died on the 12th of February 1858. By his will, dated 4th December, 1849, the manor and estate of Temple Dinsley came to his son, William Henry Darton, Esquire, who is the present Lord. In July 1873 the mansion and three hundred acres of land, in the parishes of Hitchin, Ippolitts and Kings Walden, constituting about half of the estate, were sold to Captain Prior, of Clifton, in the parish of Shefford, Co. Bedford.

From Memorials in Hitchin Church

Joseph Darton, Esq, Late of Temple Disnley, who died 31st of October, 1816, aged 40 years, leaving issue one son and one daughter, Mary Ann Darton, born at Temple Dinsley, the 21st November 1805, and Thomas Harwood Darton, at Chigwell, in Essex, the 15th September, 1811.

Mary Ann, daughter of the aforesaid Joseph Darton, Esqre, who departed this life the 19th of October, 1824, in the nineteenth year of her age. On the 11th day of November, 1852, in the 76th year of her age, it please Almighty God to release from all her world;y cares and sufferings, Elizabeth, widow of Joseph Darton, late of Temple Dinsley, in this County Esqre, whom she survived 36 years. In pace quiescat.

From Cussans History of Hertfordshire, 1874

The early history of Temple Dimsley is given on the excellent Preston web site.

Why was Thomas Harwood Darton selling up in 1854? In the 1851 census he was described as a landed proprietor farming 200 acres and employing 13 labourers. However he died in 1858 and his widow and large family were still living in the area in 1861. It is wild speculation without checking the death certificates but perhaps he gave up farming in 1854 because of an inherited illness.


Joseph Darton senior died in 1795 when his eldest son and heir was not yet 21

His son Joseph Darton died in 1816 aged 40

His son Thomas Harwood Darton died in 1858 age 46

One of his sons William Henry Darton died in 1876 aged 33 and his brother Thomas Harwood Darton died in 1885 aged 37


See the Darton family tree (and further information about Temple Dinsley)

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