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Latest stories

Seven new posts, including two stories each in two parts, have been added to the site over the last couple of weeks or so. The first story is about Henry Mount Langton Atcherley and the New Zealand Wars. Henry, who was a grandson of Captain James Atcherley of the Royal Marines, was best known as an artist who painted wonderful watercolours, mostly of coastal scenes and mostly in New Zealand. This story relates to his early years ‘Down Under’ when he fought in what were then known as the Māori Wars, and also employed some of his wider artistic talents to entertain others. An example of Henry’s work, showing the scene of a major battle he was involved in, is shown above. (Action at Te Ranga, 21 June 1864: Painting by Henry Mount Langton Atcherley, copyright expired; adapted from an image at the Australian War Memorial website.)

I timed the addition of Eleanor Frances Atcherley and the Wakefield Women’s Suffrage Society to coincide with the unveiling, in London’s Parliament Square, of the statue of Millicent Fawcett. Millicent was the President of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, which campaigned using legal, constitutional means. The Wakefield society to which Eleanor belonged was affiliated to the NUWSS, and had the good fortune to be visited by Millicent when she gave a talk at one of their meetings.

My most recent stories are those of Rowland Atcherley, M.D., a doctor who lived through a time of great changes in the medical profession in Britain; The Anglo-French ancestry of Ann Compton Atcherley, who was Rowland’s wife, and a follow-up to both of these stories, The widowed Ann Atcherley and matters pecuniary.

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New here?

Welcome! First of all, I recommend you learn more about this site. Then, you can search for your Atcherley ancestors in the Atcherley Family Tree. Or why not check out the virtual Atcherley family albums in the Pictures section of the website? You can also read the stories of Atcherley family members, both ordinary and extraordinary, from the 1600s to the 1900s: for a full list of over 190 articles and stories see Contents – Stories and Articles.

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Featured photo

My latest ‘featured photo’ shows, for a change, not an Atcherley or Atcherleys but descendants of an Atcherley! The seated gentleman is George Rowland Edwards (1810–1894), who was a 2x great grandson of Robert Lowndes and Margaret Lowndes née Atcherley. With him are his wife (Catharine Jane Edwards née Armstrong, seated), one of his daughters (Louisa Mary Bayly née Edwards, standing), his grandson (Charles Cecil Paget Bayley, born 1885, in his mother’s arms) and his son-in-law (Edward Henry Bayly). This is just one of many photos which, along with books, manuscript documents, ephemera, paintings and other items form my newly-catalogued Atcherley Archive.

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From the archives

With 2018’s World Book Night having recently taken place, I thought it would be good to highlight An Atcherley Bibliography. This article looks at books written by Atcherleys, and books about them. It also includes details of some of the books which were read by members of the Atcherley family!

The centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force has also been celebrated recently. Atcherley twins David and Richard are the first to come to my mind when I think about the RAF. However Roy Atcherley Vosper (son of Harry O’Donoghue Vosper and Rose Goldup Vosper née Atcherley) was flying with the force before them – right at the beginning in fact. Find out more in Roy Atcherley Vosper’s World War One.

Reconstructed FE2B, a type of plane flown by Roy Atcherley Vosper. Photo by Philip Capper; taken from Wikimedia Commons, adapted and used under a Creative Commons licence.

My final selection this particular pick of stories from the Atcherley.org.uk archives tells the tale of a house rather than a person. But as Marton Hall was occupied by a particularly prominent branch of the Atcherleys over a period of about 250 years, I decided to treat it as part of the family and share what I knew about its long life. See what secrets I managed to uncover in If halls could talk: Marton Hall and its Atcherleys.

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