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Family Group Sheet : Allen Williams Block / Parthenia Pardoe (F0020)

m. 20 Oct 1830

  • Allen Williams BlockFather | Male
    Allen Williams Block

    Birth  23 Jul 1797  St Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  19 May 1889  Parkfield, Highgate West Hill Find all individuals with events at this location
    Burial  23 May 1889  Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location
    Marriage  20 Oct 1830  St Pancras Old Church  [1] Find all individuals with events at this location

    Parthenia PardoeMother | Female
    Parthenia Pardoe

    Birth  25 May 1810  St Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  25 Mar 1870  Menton, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Burial    Menton, France Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Thomas Pardoe | F0108 Family Group Sheet 
    Mother  Parthenia Hooman | F0108 Family Group Sheet 

    Elizabeth Susan BlockChild 1 | Female
    + Elizabeth Susan Block

    Birth  26 Jul 1834  Kentish Town Find all individuals with events at this location
    Death  02 Jul 1917  10 Hanover House, High St, St John's Wood Find all individuals with events at this location
    Burial  06 Jul 1917  St Margaret, Tylers Green Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  George Edmund Tatham | F0017 
    Marriage  13 Oct 1857  St Michael, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location

  • Photos
    Parkfield, Highgate West Hill
    Parkfield, Highgate West Hill
    Home of Allen Williams Block & family, 1843-1889.
    Part of Witanhurst since 1913.

  • Notes 
    • Children: (1) Elizabeth (Betha), bp 27 Aug 1834; (2) Parthenia (Parthy), bp 12 Apr 1837 (bn 22 Jan 1837); (3) Marian Sarah, bp 11 Feb 1839; (4) Allen William Hugh, bp 31 Mar 1842; (5) Margaret, bp 12 Apr 1844 (d Kidderminster 11 Jul 1845 age 1y 9m); (6) James Ernst, bp 20 Aug 1846; (7) Emily Frances, bp 20 Jul 1848; (8) Charles Edward, bp 23 Sep 1852.
    • My Grandfather married Parthenia Pardoe, daughter of a Worcestershire (Kidderminster) wool merchant. My [grand-]father Allen Block was the fourth of five brothers. My Block grandparents had seven children to live. Aunt Betha (Elizabeth) Tatham, Aunt Parthy (Parthenia) Ogle, [+ Marian, marr George Homfray], Aunt Emmy unmarried [out of order, born after Ernst], my father Allen William Hugh, Uncle Ernst married Lottie Hudson (Miss Gertie Hudson's Berkhamsted sister), Uncle Charles unmarried, vicar of Highgate. [From notes left by Phyllis Emmelie Block; b Woburn Rd, Bedford, 20 Aug 1884; bp East Molesey 05 Oct 1884; marr J Robertson Harvey, RN, abt 1907; d Salisbury 10 Jan 1970]
    • 1841 census: ch Elizabeth, 6; Parthenia, 4; Marian, 2; no serv.
      1851 census: ch Elizabeth 16; Parthenia 14; Marian 12; Allen W H, 9; James, 4; Emily F, 2; + 1 serv.
      1861 census: ch Elizabeth, 26; Marian, 22; Allen Wm, 19; + 3 serv + nurse; elsewhere Parthenia, 24; James, 14; Emily Frances, 12; Charles, 8.
      1871 census: ch James 24, student of theology; Emily F 22; Charles E, 18; + 6 serv.
      1881 census: family not found.
    • Dau Parthenia Block, b Highgate 22 Jan 1837; marr at St Michael, Highgate, 21 Dec 1864 to William Ogle (1827-1912), son of James Adey Ogle & Sarah Homfray, medical doctor & government statistician; no children; resid 1881 at 10 Gordon St, Bloomsbury; died at 10 Gordon St on 20 Dec 1908, probate to Henry James Johnson & Harry Allen Block, effects 10,971 8s. 2d.
    • Dau Marian Sarah Block, b Highgate 1838-1839; marr at St Michael, Highgate, 14 Jul 1868 to George Homfray, b Shropshire abt Aug 1827, son of David Homfray (Homfray family prominent in S Wales industrial revolution - links with Morgan / Tredegar families); dau Ida Frances Homfray b Newcastle-under-Lyme abt 1870; died at home 16 Church Row, Hampstead, 22 Oct 1921; probate to dau Ida, spinster, effects 23,267 6s. 8d.
    • Son Allen William Hugh Block, b Highgate abt 1842, marr Chipping Sodbury 2Q1865 Emily Marianne Davey. Wine merchant, like his father. Dau Phyllis Emmelie born Woburn Rd, Bedford, 20 Aug 1884. Dau Katherine S born St James's Rd, Surbiton, 19 Apr 1866. Resid 1881 at 10 Woburn Rd, Bedford, with wife & 2 sons Harry & Nicholas + cousin Maurice Block (Lieut, RA). Died at home Redhill Farm, Farnham, Surrey, 20 Feb 1899. Probate to Emily Marriane [sic] Block, widow; effects 1,414 12s. 2d.
    • Son (James) Ernst Block: bapt 20 Aug 1846; birth reg St Pancras 3Q1847; resid Mar 1851 at Parkfield with parents; resid Apr 1861 at 8 South Parade, Bath, with mother; matric Wadham College Oxford 29 Mar 1867 (no degree listed); resid Apr 1871 at Parkfield with parents, student of theology; resid Apr 1881 at 42 Vale St, Denbigh, boarder, private tutor; marr St Mary, Denbigh, 19 Apr 1881 to Charlotte Susan Hudson, eldest dau of J A Hudson, late 60th Royal Rifles; birth Charlotte Parthenia Block reg St Asaph 2Q1882; degree BA Durham Univ 1885; ordained Deacon. 1886, Priest 1887 (Exeter); curate Halwell, Devon, 1886-1888; curate All Saints, Rochdale, 1888-1890; curate St Gabriel, Hume, Manchester, 1890-1894; resid Apr 1891 at 518 Stretford Rd, Stretford, boarder, clerk in holy orders, with wife Charlotte Susan, age 29 b Horseforth, Yorks; death Charlotte Susan Block reg Pancras 2Q1897; resid Mar 1901 at 31 Wellington Rd, Hastings, widower, boarder, retired clergyman C of E; death reg Hastings 2Q1901.
      Nephew Edward Ernst Tatham said to be named after him.
    • Dau Emily Frances Block (Great-Aunt Emm): birth reg Pancras 3Q1848; bapt St Michael Highgate 20 Jul 1848 (by Thomas Henry Causton); resid 1851 & 1871 with family at Parkfield; visitor 1861 at 19 Cleveland Gardens, Paddington, to cousin James Hugh Block, 34, wine merchant, and family; resid 1891 & 1901 at 43 Kensington Square; 1911 at Catercross, Fittleworth ('classic English house set in an archetypal English landscape; built in the Georgian style in 1910 and carefully sited at the end of a long, tree-lined drive to take full advantage of its glorious far-reaching views across the South Downs towards the sea'; featured in Country Life 15 Feb 2007 as on sale for 4 million); died at Catercross 18 Jun 1911; buried Fittleworth churchyard; effects 17,498.
      Lifelong companion Catherine Steel; born Mussoorie abt Oct 1847; dau of Col James Steel, CB; resid with Emily Block 1891, 1901, 1911; together at golden wedding dinner of Emily's eldest sister Betha & husband George Edmund Tatham in Oct 1907 (both in photo); lived Campden Hill, Kensington in 1930s; moved to Hove where she died 15 Oct 1940 aged 93; buried Fittleworth churchyard; left 3,726.
    • Son Charles Edward Block: birth reg Pancras 3Q1852. Educ Trinity College, Cambridge; BA 1874, MA 1880; deacon 1876, priest 1878; curate Shenfield 1876-1879, St James Bury St Edmunds 1879-1881, St M Nottingham 1881, Bakewell 1881-1887, St Paul E Molesey 1887-1890; Vicar of St Paul at Hook 1890-1902; Curate of Ilford 1902-1906; Barkingside 1906-1910; Vicar of W. Hyde 1910-1913. [Crockford 1898 & 1932]. Unmarried. Died at his home 8 Bisham Gardens, Highgate, 28 Feb 1938, age 85. Probate to nephews Harry Allen Block solicitor & Nicholas Allen Block retired wine merchant; effects 15,503 10s. 2d.
      He was curate to:
      - his sister Betha's husband George Edmund Tatham, vicar of East Molesey 1884-1894;
      - his sister Betha's son-in-law Henry William Eliott Molony, vicar of Great Ilford 1892-1912.
    • Grandson Harry Allen Block: b Surbiton abt 1868, educ Bedford Modern Coll, was the first of the solicitors in Crossman, Block & Keith. 2 sons (incl Spencer Allen Block) & 2 grandsons worked in the firm.
      Death reg Lambeth 2Q1959 age 91 [BMD index]. Memorial service 13 May 1959, present *Mr R S Tatham* [The Times, 14 May 1959].
      Note: R S Tatham is presumed misprint for B S Tatham, = Berrisford Stanley Tatham. He and Spencer Allen Block were co-executors of the will of his grandmother Emily Mary Rose Lee in 1950.
    • Witanhurst (Site of Parkfield), now [1936] no 41, West Hill & the site of the Fox & Crown.
      The property was originally copyhold of the Manor of Cantlowes but has been enfranchised and is now [1936] in the ownership of Sir Arthur Crosfield, who resides at Witanhurst.
      Parkfield was a good early 18th-century house which probably incorporated and certainly occupied the site of a much older building. It had a picturesque range of stabling and was situated in a position adjoining Dorchester House to the west. The house was pulled down towards the end of last century by Mr. Walter Scrimgeour, who, however, incorporated part of it in the new work. Since that date it has been reconstructed on a large scale by Sir Arthur Crosfield, Baronet, who has also incorporated a small fragment of the front, that used to face West Hill, into the lower portion of the walls of his billiard-room. [...]
      It was purchased in 1843 from John Crutchfield Sharpe by Allen Williams Block, esquire, and sold by his son in 1889 to Walter Scrimgeour, esquire, of No. 5, The Grove, Highgate. The house was then called Parkfield. The conveyance included also The Limes in Fitzroy Park, the Fox and Crown, Sutton Cottage adjoining, and also three cottages at the north end of the yard at the back of No. 1, The Grove. Mr. Scrimgeour made many alterations in the property, rebuilt Parkfield and pulled down the Fox and Crown. ['No. 41 West Hill (Witanhurst) and the site of the Fox and Crown', Survey of London: volume 17: The parish of St Pancras part 1: The village of Highgate (1936), pp. 72-76. Website accessed 25 Apr 2010]
    • Highgate mansion Witanhurst, known to millions as the setting for BBC's Fame Academy talent show, is on the market for a cool 55 million ... the second largest private house in London, after Buckingham Palace [Hampstead & Highgate Express, 2008]
    • Parkfield: This house is a very jolly old red-brick place, not very large, but with an old fashioned wooden staircase and panelled high wainscoting all about. There is a jolly smell of potpourri and flowers about, and very pretty ornaments and old embroidery, and all kinds of nice things which have come from abroad. There is a charming big conservatory, opening out of the drawing room with such beautiful azaleas and roses in it - tell Mother. The house stands on a high hill and is quite in the country. You look across to Hampstead Heath and some splendid woods. [Letter, 22 May 1879, to Alice Maria Maxwell Hogg, from her sister Henrietta Frances Maxwell Hogg who was staying with the Block family at Parkfield; reference thanks to Henrietta's 3x great-niece Beth Barnes.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Pancras Old Church, 1660-1916 (IGI), 20 Oct 1830.