The Bridges Family

Anna (Bridges, Bateman) Lister-Kaye

Birth: 1866

Father: Edward Bridges

Mother: Anna (Gifford) Bridges

Married (1st): Hugh Alleyne Sacheverell Bateman on 7 June 1888 in Westminster district, London, England. Hugh was 27 years old and Anna 22.

Hugh was born on 31 August 1860 in Bath, Somerset, the son of Thomas Keelinge Bateman and Georgiana Bannatyne. He was commissioned as second lieutenant in the 3rd (King's Own) Staffordshire Regiment on 3 March 1880 (London Gazette 2 March 1880 p1792) and promoted to lieutenant on 1 July 1881 (Historical records of the King's Own Stafford Rifles p96), when the regiment was reorganised as the 4th Battalion of the Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Hugh resigned his commission on 15 March 1884 (London Gazette 14 March 1884 p1261).
Morley Manor
Morley Manor
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Sacheverell-Bateman Mausoleum
Sacheverell-Bateman Mausoleum near St Matthew's Church, Morley, Derbyshire built by Anna (Bridges) Bateman in memory of Hugh Alleyne Sacheverell Bateman. The building was designed by George Frederick Bodley with stained glass by Burlison & Grylls.
Tomb of Hugh Bateman
Tomb of Hugh Alleyne Sacheverell Bateman in the Sacheverell-Bateman Mausoleum near St Matthew's Church, Morley, Derbyshire
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Hugh and Anna lived at Etwall Lodge and built the present day Morley Manor, but Sir Hugh only lived there briefly before his death. The building, set in an estate of 325 acres, is now a listed building and a full description of it is found at British Listed Buildings. Hugh was a good musician, a splendid shot and an expert horseman. He was fatally injured in Morley Hayes Woods whilst returning from hunting at Elvaston castle. The story is that he was asleep in his saddle, a trick he had learnt on expeditions in Asia and North America, when his horse walked under a low branch. The branch struck Hugh full in the face and knocked the stem of his pipe through the roof of his mouth. He lived for several months, but eventually died of septicaemia on 26 October 1896, aged 36. His tomb is in a mausoleum built by Anna in his memory, next to St Matthew's Church, in Morley, Derbyshire. Hugh's will, worth £84,117 was proved on 25 January 1897 by Anna Bateman, widow of the
testator, Sir Peter Carlaw Walker, Baronet, and Richard
Stephens Taylor, the executors.
Armorial families p26 (Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, 1905)
HUGH ALLEYNE SACHEVERELL BATEMAN, Gentleman, Lord of the Manor of Morley. Born 1860, being the only son of the late Thomas Keelinge Bateman, Gentleman, by his wife Georgina, daughter of Frederick Bannatyne, 33rd Regiment. Club — Boodle's. Livery—Black coat, with red waistcoat. Armorial bearings - He bears for Arms: Quarterly 1 and 4, or three crescents, with an estoile of six points gules, a canton azure (for Bateman); 2 and 3 or, on a fesse between two dragons' heads erased sable, three dolphins of the field (for Osborne); and for the Crest, a crescent with an estoile gules between two wings or; with the Motto, "Virtus ad sidera." Married, June 8, 1888, Anna, daughter of Edward Bridges, late of Shropshire, formerly 7th Fusiliers. Estates — Morley, in the county of Derby. Postal address — Etwall, Derbyshire.

1861: Walcot, Somerset: Hugh A. S. Bateman, son, is aged 0, born in Bath, Somerset

After the death of her first husband, Anna had an affair starting in 1901 with William Mackay Low, a welathy cotton trader, who was married to an American, Juliette Gordon, later famous as the founder of the Girl Scouts of America. Juliette started divorce proceeding but William died of a stroke on 8 June 1905, before the divorce was finalised. He left his entire estate, consisting of extensive lands in Georgia, London residences and Wellesbourne House in Wellesbourne, Warwickshire to Anna and only a small widow’s pension, to be administered by Anna, to his wife. Juliette contested the will and eventually received a settlement including all of the property in Georgia, a residence in London at 40 Grosvenor Street and and a substantial quantity of British stocks and bonds.

Married (2nd): Russell Lister-Kaye on 16 October 1913, in St Marylebone district, London, England.

Russell was born in 1887 in Osberton, Nottinghamshire, the son of Charles Wilkinson Lister-Kaye and Lucy Adela Champion. He joined the Royal Navy and was confirmed in the rank of sub-lieutenant on 15 August 1906 (London Gazette 9 April 1907 p2414), then promoted to lieutenant on 1 April 1909 (London Gazette 2 April 1909 p2590). Russell was a lieutenant commander when he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) on 17 July 1919 "for valuable services in H.M.S. "Royal Oak," 1st Battle Squadron" (London Gazette 15 July 1919 p9109). Russell retired with the rank of commander on 3 December 1926 (London Gazette 14 December 1926 p8183). Russell was a J.P. for Derbyshire and in 1936 and 1937 he was nominated for Sheriff of Derbyshire (London Gazette 15 November 1936 p7408 and 19 November 1937 p7256), at which time he is listed as being of Morley Manor, Derbyshire. He was appointed Gentleman Usher to His Majesty's Houselhold on 1 March 1937 (London Gazette 2 March 1937 p1405). During the Second World War, Russell served in Naval Intelligence and documents in 1943 shows him as "C. in C. Western Approaches N.I.D." After Anna's death, Russell married Katherine Sylvia Pilkington on 2 March 1948. He died on 17 February 1960.
1891: Worksop, Nottingahmshire: Russell Lister-Kaye, son, is aged 4, born in Osberton, Nottinghamshire

5 October 1947, in St Marylebone district, London, England, aged 75

Buried: St Matthew's Church, Morley, Derbyshire, England, in a vault just outside the Sacheverell-Bateman Mausoleum.


1898: Morley Manor, Morley, Derbyshire
1905: 1 Chesterfield Street, St George Hanover Square, London   (Stanton on the Wolds Parish Council)


Blanche Ellen Bridges

Birth: 15 July 1872, in North Oxford, Oxford county, Ontario, Canada

Father: Edward Bridges

Mother: Margaret (Gifford) Bridges

Death: 1944, in Sturminster district, Dorset, England, aged 73

1891: Gillingham, Dorset: Blanche Ellen Bridges, daughter, is aged 18, born in Canada
1901: Chicklade, Wiltshire: Blanche Bridges, visitor, is aged 28, born in Canada
1911: The Rookery, Silton, Dorset: Blanche E. Bridges is aged 38, born in Bradworth parish, Canada


Charles Bridges

Birth: 1829, in Mordiford, Herefordshire, England

Baptism: 27 November 1829, in Mordiford, Herefordshire, England

Father: Thomas Charles Bridges

Mother: Emma (Doveton) Bridges

Education: Christ Church, Oxford. Charles matriculated on 15 June 1848, and graduated B.A. in 1852 and M.A. in 1855.
Alumni oxonienses 1716-1886 p159 (1888)
Bridges, Charles 1s. Thomas Charles, of Mordiford, со. Hereford, arm. CHRIST CHURCH, matric. 15 June, 1848, aged 18; B.A. 1852, M.A. 1855, rector of Bredenbury, со. Worcester, 1880.

Married: Lucy Stephens Gifford on 26 October 1864 in Whitechurch, county Wexford, Ireland
Lucy Stephens Gifford is recorded as single, the daughter of Ludlor Stephens. Charles Bridges is recorded as single, the son of Thomas Charles Bridges.

Occupation: Clergyman
Charles was ordained deacon and priest in 1853. He was curate of St Mary's, Shrewsbury from 1853 until 1856, then curate of St George the Matyry in Bloomsbury, London in 1860. He was promoted to rector of Bredenbury, Hertfordshire in 1874 and of the combined parish of Bredenbury and Wacton in 1880.
Crockford's clerical directory 1865 p79
BRIDGES, Charles, 5, Great Ormond-street, Queen-square, Bloomsbury, London, W.C. - Ch. Ch. Ox. B.A. 1852, M.A. 1855, Deac. and Pr. 1853. C. of St. George the Martyr, Bloomsbury, 1860. Formerly C. of St. Mary's, Shrewsbury, 1853-56

Death: 27 May 1907 in Bromyard district, Herefordshire, England, aged 77

Will: proved by Thomas Charles Bridges and Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Henry Doveton

Census & Addresses:
1851: Charles Bridges, son, is aged 21, born in Mordiford, Herefordshire
1865: 5 Great Ormond Street, Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London   (Crockford's clerical directory 1865 p79)
1871: Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Devon
1881: Grendon Grange, Grendon Bishop, Herefordshire
1891: Bredenbury, Herefordshire: Charles Bridges, head, is aged 61, born in Mordiford, Herefordshire
1901: Bredenbury, Herefordshire: Charles Bridges, head, is aged 71, born in Mordiford, Herefordshire
1907: Bredenbury Rectory, Bredenbury, Herefordshire   (London Gazette 27 August 1907 p5906)


Charles Philip Doveton Bridges

Birth: 1901, in High Beech, Essex, England

Father: Thomas Charles Bridges

Mother: Nora Christine Doveton

1901: Waltham Holy Cross, Essex: Charles Philip Doveton Bridges, son, is aged 0, born in High Beech, Essex.

Death: 1901, in Edmonton district, Essex, England, aged 0


Cicely Mary (Bridges, Lupton) Lechmere

Cicely Mary (Bridges, Lupton) Lechmere
Cicely Mary (Bridges, Lupton) Lechmere
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Cicely and Anthony Lechmere
Cicely Mary (Bridges, Lupton) Lechmere and Anthony Hungerford Lechmere
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Birth: 17 March 1884, in Bredenbury, Herefordshire, England

Baptism: 27 April 1884, in Bredenbury, Herefordshire, England

Father: Charles Bridges

Mother: Lucy Stephens (Gifford) Bridges

Married (1st): William George Lupton on 31 May 1905 in St Andrew, Bredenbury, Herefordshire, England

Married (2nd): Anthony Hungerford Lechmere on 15 January 1920 in Poole district, Dorset, England

Anthony was born on 15 July 1868 in Westminster St Margaret district, Middlesex, the son of Sir Edmund Anthony Harley Lechmere, 3rd Bt. and Louisa Katherine Haigh. He was educated at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey.
Charterhouse register 1872-1900 p177
Lechmere, Anthony Hungerford. b. 15 July, 1868. (Robinites - Saunderites); Left C.Q., 1885. - Partner in Old Bank, Worcester.
A. H. Lechmere, Esq., Junior Carlton Club, S.W.

Anthony was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire on 2 February 1899 (London Gazette 7 February 1899 p795) and appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1914. He was commissioned as a temporary lieutenant on 28 September 1914 (London Gazette 12 January 1915 p470) and promoted to temporary captain on 2 December 1915 (London Gazette 30 November 1915 p12025), serving with the Worcestershire Regiment. Anthony was appointed a Kinght of Grace of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in England on 24 September 1915 (London Gazette 28 September 1915 p9547). He lived at Wolverton Hall in Pershore, Worcestershire, described in A History of the County of Worcester vol 3 (1913): "Wolverton Hall, ... now occupied by Mr. Anthony H. Lechmere, D.L., stands about a mile north-east of the station; it is a plain square three-story house of the first half of the 18th century built of brick with stone rusticated quoins, brick string-courses and a plain parapet. On the garden front the string-courses are of stone and the windows have keystones of the same material." Anthony died on 29 August 1954, in Suckley, Worcestershire, aged 86.

Armorial families
 vol 2 p30 (Arthur Charles Fox-Davies, 1929)
Anthony Hungerford Lechmere, Esq., J. P. and D.L. Worcs., temp. Capt. Worcs. Regt. 1914-18, Knight of Grace of the Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, b. 1868; m. 1920, Cicely, d. of the late Rev. C. Bridges, of Bredenbury Rectory, Bromyard, Hereford, and has issue — Reginald Anthony Hungerford Lechmere, Gentleman, b. 1920. Seat — Wolverton Hall, Pershore. Club — Junior Carlton.

Census & Addresses:
1891: Kempsey, Worcestershire: Anthony H. Lechmere, brother (of Edmund A. Lechmere), is aged 22, born in London. He is Living On His Own Means.
1899: Kempsey, Worcestershire   (London Gazette 11 August 1899 p5047)
1901: Brockhampton, Herefordshire: Anthony H. Lechmere, head, is aged 32, born in London
1911: Pershore, Worcestershire: Anthony Hungerford Lechmere is aged 42, born in London, Middlesex
1916: Pershore, Worcestershire   (manifest of the New York 20 November 1916)
1929: Wolverton Hall, Pershore, Worcestershire   (Armorial families vol 2 p30)

Notes: Cicely was appointed an Officer of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem on 23 December 1932 (London Gazette 2 January 1933 p46).

Death: 5 April 1964

1891: Bredenbury, Herefordshire: Cicely M. Bridges, daughter, is aged 7, born in Bredenbury, Herefordshire
1901: Bredenbury, Herefordshire: Cicely Mary Bridges, daughter, is aged 17, born in Bredenbury, Herefordshire
1911: Winslow, Herefordshire: Cicely Mary Lupton is aged 27, born in Bredenbury


Constance Margaret (Bridges) Benett-Dampier

Birth: 28 February 1874, in North Oxford, Oxford county, Ontario, Canada

Father: Edward Bridges

Mother: Margaret (Gifford) Bridges

William Henry Benett-Dampier
Lieut Colonel W. H. Benett Dampier
Comdg 11th Yorkshire Regmt
Silhouette by Captain Harry Lawrence Oakley, 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment
Married: William Henry (Bennett) Benett-Dampier in 1907, in Westminster district, London, England

William was born on 10 January 1869 in Hampstead, Middlesex, the son of John W. Bennett and Maria Elizabeth Dampier. He was educated at Merchant Taylor's School, London
Merchant Taylor's School Register 1871-1900 pp149-50 (1907)
Bennett, William Henry, b. 10 Jan. 1869, s. of J. W. and Maria Elizabeth, Clergyman. Regent's Park.
Left 1884. - Capt. 3rd Battn. Cheshire Regt. and Hon. Capt. in Army 1901. Accompanied the New South Wales Branch of the Royal Geographical Soc.'s Expedition to New Guinea 1887; visited Constantinople in 1896, and received the Order of the Medjidieh 3rd Class (1896), accompanied Turkish troops in Græco-Turkish War; was with U.S.A. Army in Cuba 1897-98; served with I. Yeomany and Intelligence Dept. in S. African War 1899-1902 (Queen's and King's medals and 5 clasps). Promoted to 2nd Class Order Medjidieh, and to 2nd Class Order of Osmanieh 1907. - Frequent contributor of articles on foreign affairs to principal London papers. Assumed the name of Benett-Dampier in lieu of Bennett in 1907. Is sole partner in firm of Bennett & Co., Merchants, 16, Victoria St., S.W., and a Director of the
Chesterfield Tube Co., Ltd.
Capt. W. H. Benett-Dampier, 16, Victoria St., S.W., and 41, Cadogan St., S.W.

William was a captain in the 3rd Middlesex Volunteer Artillery on 22 November 1898 and seconded for service with the Imperial Yeomanry on 23 February 1901 (London Gazette 17 March 1901 p1774). He was appointed to the reconstituted Bushveldt Carbineers in December 1901, when the Officer complement was largely removed, either being Court-Martialled or found billets in Kitchener's Fighting Scouts, and its name changed to Pietersburg Light Horse (Army List 1902 p1168r-s). Officers serving on 4 October 1902 were given honorary rank in the Army corresponding to the Militia regimental rank they then held, so William became an honorary second lieutenant in the Army with seniority from 30 November 1901. He was commissioned as a captain in the 3rd Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment on 23 January 1904 (London Gazette 22 January 1904 p473). During the First World War William served as a recruiting officer raising and commanding the 12th and 14th battalions. On 3 November 1914 William, then a captain in the Reserve of Officers was promoted to temporary major in the 12th Battalion, the Cheshire Regiment (London Gazette 20 November 1914 p9667) and on 10 December 1914 he was given command of the 14th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment and promoted to temporary lieutenant-colonel (London Gazette 10 December 1914 p10819). William transferred back to the 12th Battalion on 22 February 1915 (London Gazette 5 March 1915 p2245), and later tranferred to the Yorkshire Regiment where he contionued his recruiting activities. On 19 September 1916, then in the Second Reserve Yorkshire Regiment, William relinquished his temporary rank on vacating the command of a batallion, reverting to a captain in the reserve of officers. (London Gazette 14 November 1916 p10976), but was granted the honorary rank of lieutenant-colonel in the general reserve of officers on 15 November 1917 (London Gazette 26 February 1918 p2576). Having reached the age limit, he ceased to belong to the reserve of officers on 28 September 1918 (London Gazette 24 September 1918 p11420).

In 1911 William was involved in the creation of the Sudd Fuel (Suddite) syndicate to use the "sudd", a weed that blocked vast portions of the Upper Nile, as a fuel, mainly intended as a replacement for coal on Nile steamers.
To-day in Egypt; its administration, people and politics p20 (Alfred Cunningham, 1912)
Much interest has recently been aroused in the discovery that the accumulation of " sudd " on the upper reaches of the White Nile and its tributaries, which has proved such an obstacle to navigation, can be utilised as fuel. Lord Kitchener, during his visit to the Soudan just previous to his appointment to Cairo, displayed much interest in the discovery. An Anglo-German syndicate has been formed with a view to converting the " sudd " into fuel in the form of briquettes. The method of manufacture is the invention of Professor Hoering, and experiments carried out in Germany in the autumn of 1910 have apparently produced satisfactory results, so much so that Captain Benett Dampier, one of the representatives of the syndicate, has carried out more extensive and successful trials at Khartoum. A syndicate, under the title of the Sudd Fuel (Suddite) Ld., is now being floated in London, with a capital of 250,000. The sudd or papyrus region covers an enormous marshy area of 35,000 square miles, and the Government have granted the syndicate, after exhaustive trials of the suddite as fuel, a concession covering an area of approximately 375,000 acres, the average crop of papyrus to an acre being about 180 tons. The growth of the papyrus is said to be so rapid that in six weeks the plants which had been cut down had grown again to a height of several feet. The cost of producing 50,000 tons per annum of suddite from the papyrus is estimated at ?s. ?d. per ton, and the Government have the privilege of purchasing 30,000 tons per annum at 24s. 9d., and as coal now costs the Government in certain places in the Soudan ? per ton for dredging operations, the saving to the
authorities will be considerable. It is also intended to manufacture paper pulp from the papyrus. The briquettes will be used by the Soudan and Egyptian Government railways and steamers as fuel, and thus effect an enormous saving in the cost of coal, which has to be imported.

The suddite factory was opened in Khartoum in 1911.
Northern Advocate 9 June 1911 p6
  A factory erected at Khartoum, said a recent cable message, for the manufacture of fuel from sudd was officially opened by Captain Benet-Dampier, in the presence of all the principal Government officials and leading residents. The new fuel is to be known as suddite.
  "When God made the Sudan He smiled" is a well-known saying to all who have lived for any time in that country, and is generally regarded as meaning that in the creation of that part of the world a grim joke was perpetrated upon the races that were destined to people (remarks a correspondent of the "Westminister Gazette"). Certainly the country provides scope for the exercise of all the highest gifts with which human nature is endowed. It is no country for a man with cramped ideas and a vacillating policy.
  The Sudan calls for all that is best in the manhood of the Empire for its development, and nobody who has seen the magnificent work that has been accomplished in the short space of 12 years can return to the Old Country without a feeling of pride in the splendid virility of those who have taken their share in the transformation that has produced order and prosperity where all was so recently barbarism and chaos.
  Of all the wonderful things that have happened in the development of the Sudan the utilisation of the almost illimitable swamp areas known as the Sudd region for commercial purposes is by far the most wonderful. The Sudd is a thick tangle of water plants. The Sudan is a country crammed full of possibilities left to the ingenuity of man to develop. From one end of the country to the other flows Mother Nile, bearing in its life-giving streams the wealth and prosperity of Egypt—but scarcely one drop of this water is available for the Sudan, which has to stand by parched and panting while that which could give it life goes past to others. The fact is accepted, and then comes the strong man, who says, "We will give Egypt all the water she requires by increasing the present supplies; then we can have the surplus!" Such is the spirit which obtains throughout the country.
  Coal has to be imported at a price that is almost prohibitive. The forests were rapidly being destroyed and ihe call for cheap fuel became urgent. With ever-ready attention the Government listened to the proposals for utilising the Sudd for fuel requirements, and became so impressed with the prospects that it contributed financially to the experiments whi«h were being carried on by Professor Hoering of Berlin, Herr Legationsrath von Rath, and Captain Benett-Dampier. That these experiments have proved successful beyond all expectations is only what one would expect from a knowledge of those responsible for them.
  The difficulties with which everyone has had to contend with have been prodigious, but difficulties exist only to be got over, and failure is a word not known in the Sudan.

William made two expeditions up the Nile to procure supplies of sudd for the factory in Khartoum, and was accompanied on his trip to Sudan by Constance. They are found on this passenger manifest travelling from Halfa (in northern Sudan) to Khartoum on 13 December 1912.

Supporting patent diagram
Diagram supporting William Henry Benett-Dampier's patent for an improved table golf apparatus
image from Espacenet
On 9 July 1928 William was awarded a patent for an "improved table golf apparatus"
Games of chance.-A games apparatus comprises a number of pieces in the form of spinning tops as shown, each piece bearing the name of a golf club and having a number of faces upon each of which is an indication of the result of the use of the particular club represented by that piece. Each piece may represent more than one club, in which case the faces of the piece bear indications corresponding to each of said clubs. The various pieces may be of different colours, and in playing the game the pieces are used in conjunction with an ordinary golf score card.

William died on 8 November 1930 in Hartley Wintney district, Hampshire, aged 62. His will was proved on 23 January 1931, by Constance Margaret Benett-Dampier, the executrix.
Census and Addresses:
1881: 124 Adelaide Road, London, Middlesex
1912: Linden Gardens, Hyde Park, London   (Notes & queries for Somerset and Dorset pvi)
1930: Glaston Hill House, Eversley, Hampshire   (London Gazette 6 February 1931 p889)

Death: 3 May 1938, in Aldershot district, Hampshire, England, aged 64

Census & Addresses:
1891: Gillingham, Dorset: Constance M. Bridges, daughter, is aged 17, born in Canada
1901: Silton, Dorset: Constance Bridges, daughter, is aged 27, born in Ottawa, Canada
1938: Glaston Hill House, Eversley, Hampshire   (London Gazette 5 July 1938 p4371)


Edith Mary (Bridges) Greenfield

Birth: 14 December 1868, in Bree, county Wexford, Ireland

Father: Edward Bridges

Mother: Anna (Gifford) Bridges

Married: Herbert Bunce Greenfield in 1892 in Westminster district, London, England

Greenfield Papyrus
Vignette from the Greenfield Papyrus, or Book of the Dead of the priestess Nesitanebtashru who was buried at Deir el-Bahari during the Thebes 21st Dynasty, around 1025 BC.

This scene displays Shu supporting Nut: the separation of the earth from heaven by the god of the air
Edith is best remembered as the donor to the British Museum, in 1910, of what is considered the best surviving example of an Egyptian Book of the Dead. This scroll, now known as the Greenfield Papyrus, was 37 metres long before being divided into 96 segments for study. It was the Book of the Dead of the priestess Nesitanebtashru who was buried about 1025 B.C.. Herbert Greenfield purchased the papyrus at a souk when working as an engineering contractor in Alexandria in 1880.

Boston Evening Transcript 9 November 1910 p26 col F
An Addition to the British Museum, Proving That It Was in High Regard Some TIme Past - The Copy Owned by a Princess of 1000 B.C. - Apparently Found in the Library of Every Gentleman of the Period
      [From the London Times]
  The Egyptian collection of the British Museum has been recently enriched by a gift of great importance. The donor is Mrs. Mary Greenfield, and the gift consists of a large and magnificent copy of the Thebian Book of the Dead, to which is added a large collection of invocations, addresses and hymns to Amen-ra, the great god of Thebes.
  This papyrus was written for a princess called Nesi-ta-neb-asher, the daughter of the great Queen Nesi-khensu, who flourished between B.C. 1040-1000. Nesi-khensu ...
  In the gift which Mrs. Greenfield has made to the British Museum the nation possesses a copy of the Book of the Dead of this character. The "Greenfield Papyrus" was obviously obtained from the famous cache at Der-al-bahari some time before the year 1870. It lay for some years among Mr. Greenfield's treasures, but during the present year it was taken to the British Museum and there examined and unrolled by the authorities.The papyrus is remarkably complete. A very few characters are missing at the beginning, but the excellence of the papyrus and its thickness have preserved the text in a remarkable state of integrity. The actual length of the papyrus is 122 feet. It is, with one exception, th elongest papyrus in the world. the exception is the famous "Harris papyrus," now in the British Museum, which contains the history of the reign of Ramases III., and is 135 feet in length. The "Greenfield papyrus" is 20½ inches in width. The text is written in the hieratic character which came into use more particularly as the hieroglyphic script went out of use for large copies of the Boko of the Dead. The writing is bold and clear, and is arranged in columns of various widths, with generous spaces and margins. The whole of the upper part of the papyrus is filled with vignettes drawn in black outlines - none of them are colored. These vignettes stand in order above the chapters of the papyrus and are intended to act as illustrations both of the gods who are referred to in the text and of various scenes in the Other World which are described.

Death: 1935, in Belper district, Derbyshire, aged 65

Buried: in the Sacheverell-Bateman Mausoleum, St Matthew's Church, Morley, Derbyshire, England


1891: Gillingham, Dorset: Edith Mary Bridges, daughter, is aged 22, born in Ireland
1901: Edlaston And Wyaston, Derbyshire: Edith M. Greenfield, wife, is aged 31, born in Ireland
1911: Ashbourne district, Derbyshire: Edith Greenfield is aged 41, born in Brea, county Wexford


Edith de Smidt Bridges

Birth: 1896/7, in Rondebosch, Cape Colony

Father: Francis Doveton Bridges

Mother: Alice Edith (de Smidt) Bridges

1901: East Stonehouse, Devonshire: Edith De S. Bridges, daughter, is aged 4, born in Rondebosch, Cape Colony
1911: Walmer, Kent: Edith De Smidt Bridges is aged 14, born in Western Province, Cape Colony


Edward Bridges

Birth: 1841, in Caynham, Shropshire, England

Baptism: 18 February 1841, in Caynham, Shropshire, England

Father: Thomas Charles Bridges

Mother: Emma (Doveton) Bridges

Married (1st): Anna Gifford on 27 April 1865, in Whitechurch, county Wexford, Ireland
Anna Gifford is recorded as single. Edward Bridges is recorded as single, the son of Thomas Chas Bridges
The Cork Examiner, 3 May 1865
  On the 27th ult., at Whitechurch, county of Wexford, Edward Bridges, Esq., Lieutenant 48th Regiment, to Anna, eldest daughter of the Rev. W. Gifford, of Ballysop, county Wexford.

Married (2nd): Margaret Gifford on 30 October 1871
Margaret was the younger sister of Edward's first wife, Anna Gifford.

Occupation: Army Officer
Edward was commissioned ensign in the 7th Regiment of Foot on 4 June 1858 (London Gazette 4 June 1858 p2757). He was promoted to lieutenant, by purchase, on 11 April 1862 (London Gazette 11 April 1862 p1903), but this promotion was cancelled when a fellow officer died, as a result of which Edward was promoted to lieutenant, without purchase, effective 4 March 1862 (London Gazette 24 June 1862 p3210). Edward exchanged into the 48th Regiment of Foot on 7 July 1863 (London Gazette 18 September 1863 p4560) and retired on 6 March 1867 (London Gazette 5  March 1867 p1532).

Notes: Sometime after his retirement from the army, Edward went to Ottawa, Canada where his three youngest childen were born spanning the years 1872 to 1876. It is unclear to me in what capacity Edward was in Canada, and by 1891 he had returned to England where he lived in retirement in Dorset.

Death: 28 December 1918 in Shaftesbury district, Dorset, England, aged 77

Will: proved 25 February 1919, by Miss Blanche Ellen Bridges, Mrs. Edith Mary Greenfield, Mrs. Constance Margaret Benett-Dampier and Mr. Thomas Lawrence Kestevan, the executors.

Census & Addresses:
1841: Cainham Manor, Cainham, Shropshire: Edward Bridges is aged 4m, born in Shropshire
1851: Edward Bridges, pupil, is aged 10, born in Cainham, Shropshire
1891: Gillingham, Dorset: Edward Bridges, head, is aged 50, born in Caynham, Shropshire
1894: Thorn Grove, Gillingham, Dorset   (Landed gentry of Great Britain & Ireland p107 Burke, 1894)
1901: Silton, Dorset: Edward Bridges, head, is aged 60, born in Caynham, Shropshire. Occupation: Retired from Army.
1911: The Rookery, Silton, Dorset: Edward Bridges is aged 70, born in Caynham parish, Shropshire
1911: The Rookery, Silton, Dorset   (Kelly's Directory of Dorset 1911)
1918: The Rookery, Silton, Dorset   (London Gazette 22 June 1920 p6836)


Florence Margaret Bridges

Birth: 21 July 1867, in Clonroche, county Wexford, Ireland

Father: Edward Bridges

Mother: Anna (Gifford) Bridges

Death: 1868, in New Ross district, county Wexford, Ireland, aged 0


Francis Doveton Bridges

Birth: 1871, in Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England

Father: Charles Bridges

Mother: Lucy Stephens (Gifford) Bridges

Married: Alice Edith de Smidt on 16 January 1896 in St Francis, Simonstown, Cape Colony

Alice was born on 16 March 1875, in Clanwilliam, Cape Colony, the daughter of Willem de Smidt and Jacoba Christina Petronella de Necker. She died in 1951.
1901: East Stonehouse, Devonshire: Alice E. Bridges, wife, is aged 27, born in Clanwilliam, Cape Colony
1911: Walmer, Kent: Alice Edith Bridges is aged 37, born in Western Province, Cape Colony

Occupation: Officer in the Royal Marines
Francis was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 1 September 1890 (London Gazette 19 September 1890 p5039) to study at the Royal Naval Academy (Navy List March 1891 p186). He was promoted to lieutenant on 1 July 1891 (London Gazette 4 August 1891 p4174), captain on 31 August 1898 (London Gazette 20 September 1898 p5535) and major on 5 May 1909 (London Gazette 7 May 1909 p3470). On 5 June 1915 Francis was made temporary lieutenant-colonel while in command of a battalion of the Royal Naval Division (London Gazette 24 September 1915 p9434) and relinquished the rank on alteration of his posting on 11 November 1915 (London Gazette 23 November 1915 p11592). He was appointed lieutenant-clonel by brevet on 22 April 1916 (London Gazette 25 April 1916 p4193) and officially promoted to lieutenant-colonel on 8 June 1916 (London Gazette 27 June 1916 p6342). Francis was made a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on 1 January 1918, in recognition of valuable services rendered during the War (London Gazette 28 December 1918 p81). Lieut-Col Francis D. Bridges was placed on the retired list at his own request on 31 January 1921 (London Gazette 15 February 1921 p1282).

Death: 1954

1871: Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Devon
1881: Grendon Grange, Grendon Bishop, Herefordshire
1891: Bredenbury, Herefordshire: Francis D. Bridges, son, is aged 20, born in Salterton, Devonshire
1901: East Stonehouse, Devonshire: Francis J. Bridges, head, is aged 30, born in Budleigh Salterton, Devonshire. His occupation is Capt R. Marines L. I.
1911: Walmer, Kent: Francis Doveton Bridges is aged 40, born in Budleigh Salterton, Devonshire


George Bridges

Birth: 20 February 1876, in North Oxford, Oxford county, Ontario, Canada

Father: Edward Bridges

Mother: Margaret (Gifford) Bridges


Katherine Lucy Bridges

Birth: 1874, in Grendon Bishop, Herefordshire, England

Baptism: 28 June 1874, in Bredenbury, Herefordshire, England

Father: Charles Bridges

Mother: Lucy Stephens (Gifford) Bridges

Death: 1894, in Bromyard district, Herefordshire, England, aged 20

1881: Grendon Grange, Grendon Bishop, Herefordshire
1891: Bredenbury, Herefordshire: Katherine L. Bridges, daughter, is aged 16, born in Grendon Bishop, Herefordshire


Thomas Charles Bridges

Birth: 1804/5, in Bath, Somerset, England

Married: Emma Doveton

Emma was born on 20 December 1804 and baptised on 27 January 1805, in St Mary, St Marylebone, Middlesex, the daughter of Frederick Doveton and Mary Slade. She died on 16 March 1881, in Ludlow district, Shropshire.
1841: Cainham Manor, Cainham, Shropshire: Emma Bridges in aged 35-39
1861: Richards Castle, Shropshire: Emma Bridges, wife, is aged 56

Death: 11 January 1879 in Ludlow, Shropshire, England, aged 74

Will: proved on 19 February 1879 by Emma Bridges, widow, and the Reverend Charles Bridges, Clerk in Holy Orders

Census & Addresses:
1841: Cainham Manor, Cainham, Shropshire: Thos Bridges is aged 35-39. He is of Independent Means.
1851: Thomas Charles Bridges, visitor, is aged 46, born in Bath, Somerset
1861: Richards Castle, Shropshire: Thos Chas Bridges, head, is aged 56, born in Bath, Somerset
1879: The Lodge, Ludlow, Shropshire   (London Gazette 25 April 1879 p3016)


Thomas Charles Bridges

Thomas Charles Bridges
Thomas Charles Bridges
Thomas Charles Bridges
Thomas Charles Bridges
image from Blakiana
Birth: 22 August 1868, in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, Hautes-Pyrénées, France

Father: Charles Bridges

Mother: Lucy Stephens (Gifford) Bridges

Education: Marlborough College
Marlborough college register p263 (1880)
Bridges, Thomas Charles, son of the Rev. C. Bridges, Bredenbury, Bromyard, Hereford, born August 22nd, 1868. L. Sch.

Married: Nora Christine Doveton in 1899 in Easthampstead district, Berkshire, England

Nora was born in 1872 in Wimbledon, Surrey, England, the daughter of Henry Doveton and Philippa Margaret Tillard. Thomas and Nora were first cousins - Henry Doveton (b. 1839) was the son of Henry Doveton (b. 1799) who was the brother of Emma Doveton, who married Thomas's grandfather (also Thomas Charles Bridges). Nora died in 1943 in Newton Abbot district, Devon, aged 71.
1881: Fir Grove, Bournemouth Road, Parkstone, Dorset
1891: 2 The Parade, Heene, Sussex
1901: Waltham Holy Cross, Essex: Nora Chrestine Bridges, wife, is aged 29, born in Wimbledon, Surrey.
1911: Lydford, Two Bridges, Dartmoor, Devon: Nora C. Bridges is aged 39, born in Wimbledon, London

Occupation: Author and sometime orange-grower and journalist
Thomas wrote some of his books under his own name, and some under the names Christopher Beck, Martin Shaw and John Stanton

Thomas wrote an autobiography in 1926 entitled Florida to Fleet Steet. The magazine article Six Days in a Swamp (The Wide World Magazine November 1906 pp178-183) is an account in which "the author and three friends arranged a pleasure trip down a Florida river from source to mouth - a journey that had never been accomplished before. The upshot of the expedition was that they got hopelessly lost in a vast swamp and underwent many tribulations ere they finally reached civilization"

Peel's Bibliography of the Canadian Prairies to 1953 p729 (Ernest Boyce Ingles, Bruce Braden Peel, Norman Merrill Distad, 2003)
Bridges, Thomas Charles, 1868-1944
Born at Bagneres de Bignorre, France; grew up in England; clerical father intended him for the clergy; immigrated to Florida, 1886; became unsuccessful orange grower; returned to England, 1894; journalist and prolific writer of juvenile adventure stories.
Strong-hand Saxon, 3370

The Wee Web authors & illustrators archive contributed by Jim Mackenzie:
Thomas Charles Bridges was born in France in 1868. He was educated at Marlborough College.

When he was eighteen he went to Florida to work on an orange plantation but this did not make his fortune and he returned to England virtually penniless.

He decided to try his hand at writing and produced articles on fishing for 'The Field' magazine. Very soon he was a fully-employed free-lance writer for many different magazines and papers such as the Boys Realm, Magnet, Union Jack and Modern Boy.

His first great success was 'Paddy Leary's Schooldays' which is the story of an Australian boy at an English public school. This serial proved so popular that he wrote further sequels about the same characters.

Quite a lot of his output was science fiction for juveniles with such titles as 'Men of the Mist and City' of 'No Escape'. For a while he and his wife lived close to Dartmoor prison and quite a few of his stories concern prison life.

In his time he was an early rival of W. E. Johns and George E. Rochester during the 1920s and 1930s, though many of his flying stories strayed into what would nowadays be called 'lost race' scenarios. He also wrote adventure stories under the pseudonym Christopher Beck.

His most popular book was probably 'Wings of Adventure' which was issued in huge numbers in The Children's Press edition during the 1950s. However, several years earlier Bridges had died in Torquay, where he had lived for many years, in June 1944.

Wings of Adventure
The Romance of Lost Mines (The Strand Magazine July 1906 pp633-8)
The Games of Animals (The Strand Magazine August 1906 pp207-212)
Six Days in a Swamp (The Wide World Magazine November 1906 pp178-183)
Curiosities of Compensation (The Strand Magazine December 1906 pp697-701)
The Life Story of a Squirrel (1907)
The Romance of Treasure Hunting (MacMillan's Magazine May 1907 pp531-7)
The Romance of Modern Smuggling (MacMillan's Magazine August 1907 pp751-8)
Strong-Hand Saxon (1910) - written as Christopher Beck
Turning The Tables (Boys' Life February 1912 pp8-12)
The Crimson Aeroplane (1913) - written as Christopher Beck
A Fight for Fortune (1914) - written as Christopher Beck
Sins of the Sea (1914)
Ellie's Englishman (The Windsor magazine 1914 pp301-8)
On Land and Sea at the Dardanelles (1915)
Whoso Sheddeth (1917)
With Beatty in the North Sea (1917)
Pirates and Patrols (1918)
The Secret of the Baltic (1919)
The Brigand of the Air (1920) - written as Christopher Beck
Martin Crusoe (1920)
The Land of Silence (1921)
The Mystery Man (1921)
The Sky Riders (1921)
The Hidden City (1923
Men of the Mist (1923)
The Children's Book of Discovery (1924)
The People of the Chasm (1924) - written as Christopher Beck
The Book of Invention (1925)
The City of No Escape (1925)
The River Riders (1925)
The Secret of Smoking Swamp (1926)
Florida to Fleet Steet (1926) - an autobiography
The Mystery Message (1927)
The Book of the Sea (1927)
Heroes of Modern Adventure (1927)
Kings of Commerce (1928)
The Secret of Sevenstones Key (1928)
Sons of the Air (1929)
A Story of the Bush Boys (1930)
The Little Admiral (1930)
Luck or Pluck (1930)
More Heroes of Modern Adventure (1930)
Master minds of Modern Science (1930)
The Romance of Buried Treasure (1931)
The Bully of Boiling Creek (1932)
Recent Heroes of Modern Adventure (1932)
The Motor-Car Mystery (1933)
The T.C. Bridges Adventure Book (1933)
Flying to Fortune (1933)
Two Stories of Adventure (1933)
Killer's Contract (1934)
Heroes of Everyday Adventure (1934)
The Book of Invention (1934)
The Book of the Sea (1934)
The Lone Hand (1934)
Epic Tales of Modern Adventure (1935)
Tons of Gold (1935)
Mountains of the Moon (1935)
The Blue Monoplane (1935)
The Book of Discovery (1935)
The Book of the Sea (1935)
Boys' Adventure Book (1935)
Further Heroes of Modern Adventure (1936)
Great Canals (1936)
Boys Favourite Book (1936)
Adventures Underground (1937)
Wardens of the Wild (1937)
The Plunder Pit (1937)
Dead Man's Gold (1938)
Second Time West (1938)
Heroes of Forgotten Adventure (1938)
Romances and Mysteries of the Sea (1940)
The Death Star (1940)
Stories from the Sky (1941)
The Girl from Golden (1943)
Look Up Your Atlas (1943)
Escape (1945)
Christine (1945)
Marlow of the Mounted (1946)
Watching Eyes (1946)
Better than Gold (1948)
Peggy's Guilt (1948)
The Vamp (1948)

Notes: Thomas was a tennis player, and played singles in the Gulf Coast Championship in Tampa, Florida, in 1892, losing to T. H. Cooke 6-1, 6-0.

Death: 26 May 1944 in Torquay, Devon, England, aged 75

1871: Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Devon
1881: "Marlborough College", Marlborough, Wiltshire
1901: Waltham Holy Cross, Essex: Thomas Charles Bridges, head, is aged 32, born in France (British Subject). His occupation is Journalist Author.
1911: Lydford, Two Bridges, Dartmoor, Devon: Thomas Charles Bridges is aged 42, born in France (British Subject)


Walter Bridges

Birth: 1877, in Grendon Bishop, Herefordshire, England

Baptism: 27 May 1877, in Bredenbury, Herefordshire, England

Father: Charles Bridges

Mother: Lucy Stephens (Gifford) Bridges

Notes: Walter served in Army Service Corps during World War I. He was commissioned as a temporary lieutenant on 15 May 1915 (London Gazette 8 June 1915 p5603) and appointed adjutant on 4 September 1915 (London Gazette 24 September 1915 p9517). He was twice mentioned in dispatches and was a captain in the 1034th M.T. company of the Army Service Corps at his death in 1918. (Commonwealth War Graves Commission).

Death: 25 January 1918

Gravestone of Walter Bridges
Gravestone of Walter Bridges in Arquata Scrivia, Italy
Buried: Arquata Scrivia communal cemetery extension, province of Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy. Grave reference I. B. 14

1881: Grendon Grange, Grendon Bishop, Herefordshire
1891: Great Marlow, Buckinghamshire: Walter Bridges, pupil, is aged 13, born in Grendon, Worcestershire

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