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Allen Williams Block

Allen Williams Block

Male 1797 - 1889  (91 years)

  • Name Allen Williams Block  [1, 2, 3
    • NB middle name Williams not William
    Birth 23 Jul 1797  St Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4
    Baptism 11 Aug 1797  St Vedast, Foster Lane, London Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • Parents Samuel & Elizabeth Block
    Occupation Mar 1827  2 Copthall Court, London Find all individuals with events at this location ; Wine Merchant  [5
    • also insured at 1 Cushion Court & 10 Bread St.
    Post/Rank/Title 03 Jun 1828  Freeman, Weavers Company  [6
    Marriage 20 Oct 1830  St Pancras Old Church Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Parthenia Pardoe,   b. 25 May 1810, St Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1870, Menton, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Mar 1831  10 Old Broad St, London Find all individuals with events at this location ; Wine Merchant  [8
    • with George Randall. Also insured at 2 Copthall Court, Throgmorton St. [ possible confusion Broad St <> Bread St ?]
    Residence Mar 1831  19 Fortess Terrace, Fortess Rd, Kentish Town Find all individuals with events at this location   [9
    Occupation Jun 1841  Wine Merchant  [10
    Residence Jun 1841  The Grove, Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [10
    Occupation Mar 1851  Merchant  [4
    Residence Mar 1851  Parkfield, Highgate West Hill Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 4
    Occupation Apr 1861  Wine Merchant  [3
    Residence Apr 1861  Parkfield, Highgate West Hill Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Occupation Apr 1871  Merchant  [11
    Residence Apr 1871  Parkfield, Highgate West Hill Find all individuals with events at this location   [11
    Death 19 May 1889  Parkfield, Highgate West Hill Find all individuals with events at this location   [12, 13
    • On 19th inst., at Parkfield, Highgate, Allen Williams Block, in his 92d year. Funeral service at St. Michael's Highgate, This Day (Thursday), the 23d, at 3 o'clock. [12]
    Burial 23 May 1889  Highgate Find all individuals with events at this location   [12
    Probate 31 May 1889  London Find all individuals with events at this location ; 19,864 1s. 11d.  [14
    • The Will (as contained in Writings A and B) with a Codicil of Allen Williams Block of Parkfield Highgate in the County of Middlesex Esquire who died 19 May 1889 at Parkfield was proved at the Principal Registry by Allen William Hugh Block of 10A Old-Broad-Street in the City of London Wine and Spirit Merchant the Son the Reverend George Edmund Tatham of St. Paul's Vicarage East Moulsey in the County of Surrey Clerk and the Reverend Charles Edward Block of 2 Feltham-road East Moulsey Clerk the Son three of the Executors. 31 May 1889. Effects 19864 1s. 11d. [NPC]
    • Not found in 1881 census. Not resid at Parkfield - house occupied just by gardener and his family
    • Hampstead Heath Extension -- The Committee for the Purchase of Parliament-hill and other Lands adjoining Hampstead-heath have received the following promises towards the sum of 52,500, which they have undertaken to raise by subscription for carrying out this great scheme:-- [...]
      Highgate [...]
      Mr. Allen Block - 250
      Mrs. John Tatham - 100
      Mr. T. C. Tatham - 50
      Mr. C. M. Tatham - 50
      [The Times, 12 Nov 1887]
      Contributions received since the 22d Nov.:-- [...]
      The Execrs. of the late Mr.Meaburn Tatham - 100
      [The Times, 26 Nov 1887]
    • Family origins: the oldest record is Hugh Block of Wexford, a ship's captain whose ship was taken by French privateers (read pirates) in the Channel Sept 1780; from there his family scattered and this branch settled in London and got into the worsted trade.
      Of Dutch origin per Curtis [no source and not confirmed] [6]
    • My grandfather was Allen Williams Block of Parkfield, Highgate, London. He was sent out to Madeira for his health as a young man and brought home some Madeira wine as a present for his friends. He was persuaded to import the wine in bulk and hired the underground space in a stone mason's yard in Park Lane at the corner of Mount Street. Later he got a 99-year lease of the place from the Duke of Westminster. The cellars then went right under Park Lane and a one storey flat roofed office was built on top. This remained until the lease ran out, the cellars, I believe, had once been part of the underground course of the River Fleet and mooring bolts were found in the walls. [From notes left by Phyllis E Block b.1884] [6]
    Person ID I0030  Tatham | Meaburn branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 04 Nov 2013 

    Family Parthenia Pardoe,   b. 25 May 1810, St Pancras Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1870, Menton, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Marriage 20 Oct 1830  St Pancras Old Church Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    • 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.]
    +1. Elizabeth Susan Block,   b. 26 Jul 1834, Kentish Town Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Jul 1917, 10 Hanover House, High St, St John's Wood Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Parkfield, Highgate West Hill
    Parkfield, Highgate West Hill
    Home of Allen Williams Block & family, 1843-1889.
    Part of Witanhurst since 1913.
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2014 
    Family ID F0020  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Allen Williams Block (1797-1889)
    Allen Williams Block (1797-1889)

  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S06] Parish Registers, baptisms, St Vedast, Foster Lane, & St Michael le Querne, transcr Littledale, Willoughby Aston (IGI), 11 Aug 1797.
      born 23 Jul 1797

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1861.
      age 63

    4. [S01] Census, UK, 1851.
      age 53 b St Pancras

    5. [S07] Other Sources, Sun Fire Office, 23 Mar 1827.
      Guildhall Lib MS 11936/505/1058109

    6. [S03] Family Members, JB.

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

    8. [S07] Other Sources, Sun Fire Office, 22 Mar 1831.
      Guildhall Lib MS 11936/532/1121870

    9. [S07] Other Sources, Sun Fire Office, 22 Mar 1831.
      Guildhall Lib MS 11936/532/1121869

    10. [S01] Census, UK, 1841.

    11. [S01] Census, UK, 1871.

    12. [S05] The Times, death notice, 23 May 1889.

    13. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Pancras, 2Q1889.

    14. [S14] National Probate Calendar.