Old Photograph of Grindleford - Leam Hall & Grounds (1900s)

Old Photograph of Leam Hall & Grounds (1900s) (Grindleford)

This photograph is very similar to one used in Estate Agent's blurb offering the Hall to let, by Order of the Executors of Colonel Robert Athorpe, Deceased.

Colonel Athorpe was the son of John Carver Athorpe, born on 16th October 1841, at Dinnington, Yorkshire. The family were living at Leam Hall at the time of the 1851 Census, when he was aged 9. He joined the Royal Engineers in 1858 as a Lieutenant, becoming a Lieutenant Colonel in 1885, and on 2nd July 1890 was recorded as a Colonel, after serving 5 years as Regimental Lieutenant Colonel.[1].

He married Mary Grace Edith Rose-Innes at St Stephen's Church in Kensington, Middlesex on 7th December 1880, when he was said to be of Woolwich and Leam Hall, Derbyshire, and a Major in the Royal Engineers.[2]

According to an article in The Derby Daily Telegraph of 6th April 1912, his death occurred suddenly at a Paris railway station.

In 1939, Leam Hall became a Youth Hostel.

(Information provided by Rosemary Lockie)

[1] Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-1900, available at Ancestry UK.
[2] London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921, ibid.

Image contributed by Alan Jacques on 17th February 2011.
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