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FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE WILDINGS OF SHROPSHIRE

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It was mentioned in the main text that Elisha OWEN worked for the Bishop's Castle Railway and that it is more than likely that Elisha OWEN’s wife, Harriet (née WILDING), was related to John Powell WILDING, one of the directors of that company. John was probably the son of Edward WILDING and Mary POWELL who married on 23 May 1806 at Clun, Shropshire. According to the censuses John was born in about 1812 at Pulverbatch or Church Pulverbatch, adjacent villages less than two miles from Smethcott which is where Harriet's grandfather and all his siblings, including an Edward WILDING (ch. 16 Jan 1784), were christened (see below); Pulverbatch was where Harriet's paternal grandparents were married. John, like Harriet’s grandfather, William, and uncle, Richard, was a surgeon and practiced in nearby Montgomery, just over the border in Wales. All the evidence strongly suggests that William and Edward were brothers which means that John Powell WILDING and Harriet's father were first cousins.

But what of the rest of the Wildings? Here I have collated some information about Harriet’s extended family. It has not been researched as thoroughly as the Owen family history but it has revealed a similar mix of people, some of whom led very interesting and distinguished lives. Taking the oldest generation, below, as [1] a number beside a name indicates to which generation that person belongs relative to that first generation. Much of this information has been gleaned from the Internet (often from transcriptions of records) but there are many relevant resources elsewhere, some of which are listed in the text. As with the whole of this site, this is intended to provide a starting point for further research and its contents will be be augmented as and when I learn more.

The IGI and local parish records (records on this page are generally quoted and it is left to the reader to evaluate their relevance) reveal that:


[1] John WILDING (m 1764) (view on tree)

John WILDING married Hannah GLOVER at Smethcott on 22 February 1764 (22 Feb 1764 John WILDING, junr., Betchcott, extra parochial, and Hannah GLOVER, of the same, sp., lic. [Ref. 3] ). Hannah may have been the daughter of Thomas and Mary GLOVER. (24 May 1743 Hannah, d. of Thomas and Mary Glover bap. [Ref. 2]).

The following children with parents John & Hannah were subsequently christened at Smethcott though the parents were ‘of Betchcott’, a village about 2 miles from Smethcott, midway between Church Stretton and Pulverbatch:

William WILDING 1764-
Mary WILDING 1765-
John WILDING 1769-
Richard WILDING 1771-
Thomas WILDING 1773-1808
Hannah WILDING 1775-1860
Sarah WILDING 1778/9-
William WILDING 1779-80
Frances WILDING 1781-
Edward WILDING 1784-
William WILDING 1786 – 1845

'John WILDING, of Betchcott, Senior' was buried on 9 February 1795. [Ref. 2]

[2] William WILDING b 1764

26 Nov 1764 Wm., s. of Jno. & Hana WILDING, of Betcht. (b. 25 Nov 1764 ), fee due, 2d. bap. [Ref. 1, 2, 4]

[2] Mary WILDING b 1765

19 Dec 1765 Mary, d. of John & Hannah Wilding, of Betchcott (b. 18 Dec 1765 ) bap. [Ref. 4]
02 Feb 1787 John Clayton, p. Stapleton, b., and Mary Wilding, sp., lic. [Ref. 3]
(NB Mary's brother, Thomas (see below) was 'from the Shadymoore' when he died in 1808.)
 Nov 1790 Hannah, d. of John and Mary Clayton bap. [Ref. 3]
 24 Oct 1791 Sarah, d. of John and Mary Clayton, of Shady Moor bap. [Ref. 3, 6]
 15 Sep 1793 Thos, s. of John and Mary Clayton bap. [Ref. 3, 6]
 21 May 1797 Francis, s. of John and Mary Clayton bap. [Ref. 3, 6]
 01 Feb 1799 Robert, s. of John and Mary Clayton, of Shady Moor bap. [Ref. 3, 6]
 14 Sep 1800 Hannah Maria, d. of John and Mary Clayton, of Shady Moor bap. [Ref. 3, 6]
 18? Jul 1802 Henry, s. of John and Mary Clayton bap. [Ref. 3, 6]
 16 Jul 1809 Robert Wilding, s. of John and Mary CLAYTON, of Shady Moor bap. [Ref. 3, 6]
 10 May 1810 Robert Clayton, a young boy, of Shady Moor bur. [Ref. 3, 6] (date/name confusing)

[2] John WILDING

6 Sep 1769 John, s. of John & Hannah Wilding, of Betchcott (born 04 Sep 1769 ) bap. [Refs. 1, 2, 5]

[2] Richard WILDING b 1771

11 Jul 1771 Richard, s. of John and Hannah WILDING born [Ref. 1, 2]
(Unlikely to be relevant: 11 Mar 1795 Richard, eldest son of John WILDING, late of Betchcott bur. [Ref. 2])

[2] Thomas WILDING (1773-1808)

17 May 1773 Thos., s. of Jon and Hannah WILDING, born 10 May 1773, bap. [Ref. 1]
30 Apr 1805 Thomas WILDING, p. Stapleton, 32, and Hannah ROGERS, sp., 28., lic. [Ref. 3]
11 Jul 1808 Thomas WILDING, from the Shadymoore (Smethcott), aged 35 years bur. [Ref. 2]
31 Dec 1810 Christopher WILKES, p. Edgeton, co. Salop, Dio. Hereford, b., and Hannah WILDING, wid., 34, lic. [Ref. 3]

[2] Hannah WILDING (1775-1860) (view on tree)

02 --- 1775 Hannah, d. of John and Hannah WILDING, Betchcote, born 18 Aug 1775 , bap. [Ref. 1, 2]
28 Mar 1799 Benjamin EVERALL, p. Woolstaston (about 1.5 miles south of Smethcott), and Hannah WILDING, sp., lic. from John ROCK. [Ref. 3]
 14 Jan 1800 John, s. of Benjamin & Hannah EVERALL, bap. at Woolstaston [Ref. 7]
 20 Apr 1802 Sarah, d. of Benjamin & Hannah EVERALL, bap. at Woolstaston [Ref. 7]
In 1841 Benjamin EVERALL (66) & Hannah (65) appear to be farming in Pully, just south of Shrewsbury. Benjamin died the following year [Shrewsbury 1842, 3rd qt] and in 1851 Hannah EVERALL (75) was living in one of the Alms Houses at Meole Brace. She died in 1860 [Shrewsbury 1860, 2nd qt]

[2] Sarah WILDING b 1778/9

9 Jan 1779 Sarah, d. of John and Hannah WILDING, Betchcot p. bap. [Ref. 1, 2]

[2] William WILDING b 1779

8 Dec 1779 William, s. of John and Hannah WILDING, of Betchcot p., born 6 Dec 1779 bap. [Ref. 2]
On 4 Apr 1780 William, s. of John and Hannah WILDING, of Betchcott was buried [Ref. 1]

[2] Frances WILDING b 1781

23 Apr 1781 Frances, s. of Jno and Hannah WILDING, Betchcot bap. [Ref. 1, 2]

[2] Edward WILDING b 1784

19 Jan 1784 Edward, s. of John and Hannah WILDING, of Betchcott bap. [Ref. 1, 2]

[2] William WILDING (1786-1845)

William, son of John & Hannah WILDING ch 9 Oct 1786, Smethcott, Shropshire [Ref. 1, 2]

There is the possibility that these were the children of two different couples called John and Harriet WILDING but at that time it was not unusual for parents to give a child the name of another child who had previously died. The youngest child is almost certainly the William WILDING, surgeon, who was Harriet's paternal grandfather.

[2] John WILDING (b 4 Sep 1769) (view on tree)

John, the son of John & Hannah Wilding (or view on tree) of Betchcott, was born on 4 September 1769 and baptised on 6 September 1769. [Refs. 1, 2, 5] He married Elizabeth ROGERS (dates NK) (31 Mar 1796 John WILDING, and Elizabeth ROGERS sp., married by licence, and with the consent of John ROGERS her father [Ref. 3], Smethcote). There were children:

[3] John WILDING b 1796

10 Nov 1796 John, s. of John and Elizabeth WILDING, of Betchcot bap. [Ref. 1]

[3] Mary WILDING b 1798

20 May 1798 Mary, d. of John WILDING and Elizabeth, of Betchcote bap. [Ref. 1, 2]

[3] Ann WILDING b 1799

8 Sep 1799 Ann, d. of John WILDING and Elizth, of Betchcott, priv. bap. [Ref. 2]

[3] Richard WILDING b 1801

10 May 1801 Richard, s. of John WILDING and Elizth, of Betchcott bap. [Ref. 2]

[3] Henrietta WILDING b 1802

21 Nov 1802 Henrietta, d. of John WILDING and Elizabeth, of Betchcott, priv. bap. [Ref. 1]

[3] Hannah WILDING b 1804

13 May 1804 Hannah, d. of John WILDING and Elizth, of Betchcott, priv. bap. [Ref. 1, 2]
10 Mar 1805 Hannah, d. of John WILDING, of Betchcott bur. [Ref. 1, 2]

[3] Thomas WILDING b 1806

20 Jan 1806 Thomas, s. of John WILDING and Elizabeth, of Batchcott bap. [Ref. 1]

[3] Sarah WILDING b 1808

06 Feb 1808 Sarah, d. of John and Elizabeth WILDING, of Betchcott, priv. bap. [Ref. 1]

[3] William WILDING (1809-10)

3 Sep 1809 William, s. of John and Elizabeth WILDING, of Betchcott bap. [Ref. 1]
21 Jan 1810 William WILDING, from Betchcott, aged 5 months bur. [Ref. 2]

[3] Edward WILDING b 1811

21 Mar 1811 Edward, s. of John WILDING and Elizabeth, of Betchcott bap. [Ref. 1]

[2] William WILDING (ca 1786-1845) (view on tree)

William, the son of John & Hannah Wilding (or view on tree) of Betchcott, was christened on 9 October 1786. [Ref. 1, 2]. He was a surgeon and he married Anne AMBLER (ca 1786-1847) at Pulverbatch on 11 April, 1814 (IGI). They were Harriet's paternal grandparents. Anne was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Ambler and she had been christened at Church Pulverbatch on 7 November 1786 (IGI).

According to the IGI their children were:

[3] William WILDING ch 7 April 1815 Church Pulverbatch.

ch 7 April 1815 Church Pulverbatch (IGI). May have died young. No records found after his christening.

[3] Richard WILDING (1817-1883)

ch 29 June 1817 Church Stretton (IGI).

[3] James Ambler WILDING (1820-1860)

ch 25 June 1820 Church Stretton (IGI). A draper in 1841. [d Ch Stretton 1860, 4th qt]

[3] Anne WILDING b 1823

ch 7 May 1823 Church Stretton (IGI).

[3] Eliza WILDING (1824–1909)

ch 3 June 1824 Church Stretton.

[3] Jane WILDING b 1827

ch 24 June 1827 Church Stretton (IGI). In 1861 Jane was a governess, visiting a widow, Frances DAVIES, in Liverpool; Frances was 54 years old and she had been born in Smethcott.

In 1841 William WILDING (54), a surgeon, his wife Anne (54), son Richard (23), also a surgeon, son James (20), a draper, daughters Eliza (15) and Jane (13), Ellen HEIGHWAY (15), 2 servants and an apprentice were living in Bristol Road (now High Street), Church Stretton.

Aside: ‘Heighways’ going nowhere !

Another interesting ‘visitor’ appeared in the household of James Ambler WILDING’s brother Richard and his family in 1851. This visitor was a ‘cousin’, Sarah HEIGHWAY (13) who was born in Churton (Church Pulverbatch). I discovered that Jane AMBLER, one of the sisters of Richard WILDING’s mother, Anne (née AMBLER), married Samuel HEIGHWAY at Chuch Pulverbatch on 14 January, 1830. Unless the word ‘cousin’ was used loosely, Sarah should have been their daughter; they definitely had sons Richard (ch 25 March 1832, Pulverbatch) and Samuel (ch 28 December 1840, Pulverbatch) and it would be surprising if there were not more children of this marriage but they do not appear on the IGI. Samuel, (ch 28 Dec 1840) was staying with his uncle, Thomas HEIGHWAY in 1851. Interestingly, neither Jane nor Samuel (sen) appear in any of the censuses until Jane, a widow, reappears in 1871 as housekeeper to her unmarried son, Samuel, in St Chad, Shrewsbury; she apparently died, aged 74 [Acham 1880, 4th qt]. Another researcher states that Samuel and Jane’s son Richard (ch. 25 March 1832, Pulverbatch) settled and married in Australia so perhaps Jane and Samuel lived there for a while. There is so much confusion in the censuses with regard to these Heighways that I have abandoned further searching for the time being.

The Ellen HEIGHWAY with William and family in 1841 might have been the daughter of Samuel and Anne HEIGHWAY christened at Wistanstow on 19 May 1824 (IGI); perhaps there is a transcription error or perhaps Jane AMBLER was Samuel’s 2nd wife … or perhaps this is not the same Ellen HEIGHWAY.



Below is the account that appears at www.berryscoffeehouse.co.uk/berryhistory.htm describing the house in which William WILDING’s family and subsequently in which his son Richard lived for many years; both men were surgeons and both men are mentioned. It is now Berry’s, an award-winning coffee house at 17 High Street, Church Stretton. The history of the property reads:

The Queen Anne town-house was built on a narrow site, which required the front door to open on to Barn Lane rather than the High Street, probably in the first decade of the 18th Century; the earliest documentary record is a rent bill of 1731, when Edward PHILLIPS, a baker, lived here, paying a rent of 4d to a Mr. BOTVILLE of Shrewsbury. This record shows that the house had formerly been owned by a Mr. BERRYE; it was to be known as Berry's Messuage (a dwelling-house with outbuildings and land) for some 200 years.

In 1734 the house was bought by Richard LANSLOW, a surgeon (a term then referring to a general practitioner dispensing drugs and attending to out-patients). In the 1780s Richard BRAY, also a surgeon, owned the house, living here until his death in 1828. His son Thomas sold the house for £600 in 1837 to William WILDING, another surgeon from a long-established Church Stretton family. A successful man, he may have been involved early in his career with Dr. Henry HILL-HICKMAN, who pioneered anaesthesia by inhalation.

William died in 1845, and the £500 mortgage granted by a Joseph SMITH of Shrewsbury passed to his son Richard. In 1861 Richard and his wife Susannah lived here with their five children, together with a niece, a surgeon's assistant and two servants. By then Richard had built a three-storey wing onto the Queen Anne house; this wing now houses the kitchen, and its front door surround can be seen in the conservatory. The building at the end of the courtyard (the level of which has been significantly raised during the 20th century) was the coach-house.

Wilding House In 1872 the mortgage was transferred to William Salt, whose family name lives on at no. 19 High Street next door. By 1881 it had been increased by £200, no doubt to pay for the construction of the third extension - now the tea room next to the lane.

Richard WILDING died in 1883 and his son sold the house in 1898 to Frances RAWLINGS, the wife of a Church Stretton farmer, for £1,100. For over 20 years Mrs. RAWLINGS operated the building as the 'Central Boarding House and Family Hotel', for a time her daughter ran a small school in one of the wings. Soldiers' wives were billeted here during the Second World War, after which a Mrs. ROBINSON operated a successful café on the premises.

The conservatory has been added in the last few years, replacing a lean-to structure covering steps down into the rear cellar, which boasts a fine selection of timbered recesses and what may have been an ice-store. The front door, on the inside frame of which are iron staples to carry a heavy iron bar for security, leads into a panelled hall, from which a fine dog-leg staircase rises to the first floor where, traditionally for the area, the finest rooms are sited. The rearmost room has dark oak Jacobean panelling, brought no doubt by Mr. BERRY from another house he owned and cut down to fit. The front room has lighter oak panelling of the Queen Anne period, but it is not original to the house, as it masks a fine cornice and an original skirting board, which have now been reproduced in the downstairs front room which had suffered from '1960s modernisation'.

In Victorian times full-length external shutters were fitted to the ground floor front windows, presumably for protection against the livestock on the road. Certainly, many of the panes in the Queen Anne house are of original cylinder glass.

William WILDING’s death was announced in the Provincial and Surgical Medical Journal published on 15 October 1845 under ‘Obituaries’: “William WILDING, Esq., Surgeon, Church Stretton, a Member of the Provincial Medical and Surgical Association”

[3] Richard WILDING (ca 1817 – 1883) (view on tree)

Richard, the second son of William and Anne Wilding (or view on tree) was christened at Church Stretton on 29 June 1817 (IGI). He followed his father into medicine and became a Member of the R.C. of Surgeons, Licentiate of the Apothecaries’ Company and a General Practitioner. In 1851 his sister Eliza (26) was living with Richard and his family, giving ‘surgeon’s daughter’ as her ‘occupation’. On 28 Dec 1848 at Church Stretton (IGI) [Ch. Stretton 1848, 4th qt] he married Susannah CORFIELD (ca 1810 – 1876), the daughter of George CORFIELD and Mary (née BEDDOES). She had been christened at Church Stretton on 26 September 1810. Her father was probably the George Corfield who bought the local Carding Mill - wool production and weaving were long-established occupations in Church Stretton - but the business, which he had expanded, failed on his death in 1936. Susannah and her sisters then ran a private residential school at Ragleth House, High Street (Bristol Road), Church Stretton; there were 32 girls there in 1841 and the school prospered until the 1850s. [Ref. 8] Richard and Susannah had the following children:

Alice WILDING 1849/50
William Arthur WILDING (1850/51-1892)
George Corfield WILDING (1852-1909)
Henry Ambler WILDING (aka Harry Ambler WILDING) (1852-1910)
Emily Susannah WILDING (1854-1935)

[4] Alice WILDING 1849/50

Alice [b Ch Stretton 1850, 1st qt] was the eldest child of Richard and Susannah Wilding (or view on tree). In 1875 she married Mortyn John SALTER [Ch Stretton 1875, 3rd qt]. He had been born on 7 December 1847, the son of John William, a surveyor, and Sally SALTER of 8 Park Place, London and was christened at All Saints, Camden on 9 January 1848. Mostyn was an analytical chemist; the 1891 census specified 'a chemist in a colour factory' and the 1901 census indicated that he was an unemployed analytical chemist but that he was an abstactor for the Journal of the Chemical Society. Their first four children were born in Dalston (the family lived at 112 Forest Road), the next two boys were born in Edmonton and the three youngest in New Southgate (the family lived at Holly Park). In 1881, Alice's brother, Henry Ambler Wilding, was staying with them and Mortyn declared himself to be a 'Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry'. In 1891 they lived at 'Northcote', Beaconsfield Road, Friern Barnet and in 1901 their address was 51 Beaconsfield Road, Friern Barnet. Mostyn, of 'Bank House', Mickleton, Gloucestershire, died on 16 April 1933, aged 85, [Stow On The Wold 1933, 2nd qt] and his son Harold Ambler Salter, clerk, was an executor of his will (Estate: £1720). Alice and Mostyn SALTER's children were:


[5] Eveline Mary SALTER 1876- :

In 1891 not with the family. In 1901 the 24 year-old headmistress of a girls' school.

[5] Dorothy Emily SALTER 1877- :

b 13 October 1877, ch Holy Trinity, Kilburn, on 13 January 1878

[5] John Corfield SALTER 1879- :

b 1 April 1879, christened 22 June at St Philip, Dalston

[5] Mortyn De Carle S SALTER 1880- :

b [Hackney 1880, 4th qt]: ch 20 March 1881 at All Saints, Haggerston, Hackney. Aged 27 and 'of Mill Hill' he married Leila Margaret WILLOUGHBY, aged 31, at Stoke Newington Parish Church on 25 April 1908. Mortyn was a 'Scientific Officer', and her late father had been a medical practioner, Edward Francis WILLOUGHBY. In 1901 Mortyn was a clerk in the British Rainfall Office and he subsequently wrote 'The Rainfall of the British Isles' (1921). When he died on 21 May 1923 his brother, Harold Ambler SALTER, was one of the executors of his will; Mortyn was then 'of 5 Stanhope Gardens, South Kensington' and he left an estate valued at £2175).

[5] Richard Wilding SALTER 1882- :

In 1901 he was a clerk in the Royal Botanical Society

[5] Harold Ambler SALTER 1884- :

[b Edmonton 1884, 4th qt] b 13 Oct 1884 d aged 88 [Croydon 1873, 1st qt]. Harold possibly married Elsie M ROWLAND [Lewisham, 1922, 2nd qt]. He was clearly viewed as a competent administrator by members of his family as on several occasions he was an executor of their wills

[6] Mavis M SALTER [b Croydon 1924, 1st qt] & [6] Dorothy J Salter [b Croydon 1927, 2nd qt] (mother's maiden name for both was ROWLAND )

[5] Brian Mortyn SALTER 1889 – :

b 29 August, ch 18 Nov 1888 New Southgate: d, aged 30, [Shipston On Stour 1919, 1st qt]

[5] Donald Sowerby SALTER 1890 –

[5] Frank Sedgwick SALTER

Frank Sedgwick SALTER [b Barnet 1892, 4th qt] ch 30 Oct 1892, New Southgate.

[4] William Arthur WILDING (1850/51-1892) (view on tree)

Richard [b Ch Stretton 1851, 1st qt] was the eldest son of Richard and Susannah Wilding (or view on tree). In 1871 he was a medical student in London and ten years later he had become a Licentiate of King & Queen’s College of Physicians, Ireland & MRCS and was resident in Church Stretton; probate records for his father confirm that Richard was a surgeon in Church Stretton in 1883. He died aged 42 [Cookham, Berks 1892, 3rd qt]

[4] George Corfield WILDING (1852-1909) (view on tree)

George [b Ch Stretton 1852, 2nd qt] was the third child of Richard and Susannah Wilding (or view on tree). He Was an assistant in the family medical practice in Church Stretton in 1881. In 1891 he was boarding at Hope Bowdler, with Mary WILDING, widow of Thomas WILDING, a farmer born in Hope Bowdler, and their daughter, Sarah; George was then simply ‘Living on his own means’. The same was true in 1901 although Mary was not there. George died aged 57 [Ch Stretton 1909, 2nd qt].

[4] Henry Ambler WILDING b 1852 (aka Harry Ambler WILDING) (view on tree)

Henry (aka Harry) was the youngest son of Richard and Susannah Wilding (or view on tree). In 1871 Harry was in London with his brother William. He married Emily Susan HOWELL [Bridport 1883, 3rd qt]. In that year he was a bank manager of the London & South Western Bank in Camberwell. In 1891 he was a bank manager living at “Arundel Villa”, Islington, with his in-laws, his wife and his son, Bernard Corfield WILDING who had been born in Dulwich [Camberwell 1884, 3rd qt]. Henry apparently died aged 58 on 9 May, 1910 [Ch Stretton 1910, 2nd qt] though probate was not granted until 1920 (estate worth £605) to his son, then a draper. Emily died aged 73 [Paddington 1923, 3rd qt]. In 1901 Bernard was a draper’s assistant staying in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire, with his aunt, Mary Elizabeth, and uncle, Walter AINSWORTH, a Wesleyan Minister. I believe it was here that he married a local girl, Eveline Owen WILSON [Ecclesall Bierlow 1913, 2nd qt]. They appear to have had a son Donald Alfred C WILDING, born on 7 February 1918 [Ecclesall Bierlow 1918, 1st qt] who married Beryl E LLOYD [Birmingham 1946, 1st qt] and I believe they had a son. Donald died aged 58 [Birmingham 1976, 1st qt]. His mother had died ten years earlier, aged 81 [Birmingham 1966, 1st qt], after which his father, Bernard, may have married Christine MORGAN [Wallesey 1967, 3rd qt]. Bernard was 84 when he died [Birkenhead 1969, 1st qt].
In 1879 there was a Henry Ambler WILDING of Monnow Street, Monmouth, (trading as H A Wilding & Co.) and of Corn Square, Leominster, Herefordshire, (trading as H A Wilding) whose businesses went into liquidation.

Note that there were two ‘Henry Ambler WILDING’ infants born in 1852, though only one birth appears on the General Register. One was the son of Richard WILDING and Susannah (née CORFIELD) and was born in Church Stretton and the other was their nephew, son of James Ambler and Harriet WILDING, and was born in Wistanstow. The latter appears to have been listed as ‘Ambler WILDING’, aged 9, in 1861; he was denoted the son of Harriet WILDING who was by then a widow. (The birth of an Esther Ambler WILDING appears in the hand-written General Register [Ch Stretton 1852, 3rd qt] on the same page as the births of 'James Ambler WILDING' & 'George Corfield WILDING'; perhaps this was a transcription error & it should have been ‘Henry Ambler WILDING’ as subsequently I have found no record of her.)

[4] Emily Susannah WILDING (1854 - 1935)

Apart from the references to Richard in the above description of the house in which he lived, there are several references to Richard in the Provincial and Surgical Medical Journal. In 1849 there was a report which stated that he was one of those who had been experimenting with the new sedative, Opii Sedativus. Richard was for many years a member of the Shropshire branch of this association and was President in 1856 when it voted in favour of the proposed Medical Bill of Mr. HEADLAM. He was a member of the the Salopian Medico-Ethical Society and in 1859 seconded the motion that decided it would merge with the Provincial and Surgical Medical Association.

Susannah died on 8 November 1876 and Richard on 17 January 1883 [both deaths registered in Church Stretton].

Some of the further refs in Shropshire Archives:

Doc. Ref. D3651/B/162/12/1, Salt Collection, Date 1834-1865 (Title deeds of Richard WILDING, surgeon, to premises in Church Stretton).

Doc. Ref. 1643/27, Date 10 October 1861 (Re: the will of William CORFIELD. The homage present that William CORFIELD by will dated 13 October 1858 (probate produced in court) gave to Richard WILDING of Church Stretton surgeon and Philemon HEYNES (by mistake called HAYNES) of Hope Bowdler farmer a messuage and land in Little Stretton. The executors were admitted to the Ravenfield)

Doc. Ref. 1643/33, Date 12 January 1867, Re: The Raven field (6.0.37). Surrender by Richard WILDING surgeon and Philemon HEYNES of Hope Bowdler farmer, devisees in trust of the will of William CORFIELD farmer deceased, to George DAVIES of Little Stretton farmer. Consideration £300

Doc. Ref. 1643/145 , dated 13 June 1883, mentions William Arthur WILDING of Church Stretton surgeon and Henry Ambler WILDING of 6 Percy Circus, London, bank manager as executors and devisees of trust estates named in the will of Richard WILDING late of Church Stretton surgeon who died on 17 January 1883 and whose will was proved on 19 March 1883.

[4] Emily Susannah WILDING (1854 – 1935) (view on tree)

Emily, the daughter of Richard and Susannah Wilding (or view on tree), married [Kensington 1879, 3rd qt] James Colam SALTER (1854 – 1936). Most of James's career was spent as an assistant mathematics master at Cheltenham College which was where their sons were educated. They had children:
Dane Wilding SALTER (b 1880)
Terence Macleane SALTER (1883 - 1969)
Malcolm Gurney SALTER (1887 - 1973)
Olive Mary W SALTER (1893 - 1978).

Both James [d Amersham 1936, 1st qt] and Emily [d Amersham 1935, 3rd qt] lived to the age of 81.

[5] Dane Wilding SALTER, born on 26 June 1880 [Cheltenham 1880, 3rd qt], was the first child of Emily and James SALTER (or view on tree). He played cricket for Cheltenham College and for Clifton College in the late 1890s and in 1899 he entered the civil service in the Supply and Accounting Departments of the Admiralty. He married Katrine Eliza M ST CLAIR [St Marylebone 1912, 1st qt]; she was born on 30 Dec 1884. She was 84 when she died [Ipswich 1969, 2nd qt]. Their first child, Dawn St Clair SALTER, was born on 8 March 1913 [Alverstoke 1913, 1st qt]; they are incorrectly listed as taking an infant son with them to Australia aboard the ‘Orvieto’ which they set sail on 11 April 1913. They remained in Australia throughout WWI; in 1918 Dane was listed as Victualler Officer at the naval dockyard at Cockatoo Island. The family returned to England aboard the ‘Nestor’ on 12 March 1920 with John Dane H SALTER who had been born on 5 July 1917. Four months later they were off again, together with a nurse, this time to Hong Kong aboard the ‘Nakunda’. All but Dane returned aboard the ‘Kashgar’ in April 1925, with the intention of living at ‘Corfield’, Patching Hall Lane, Chelmsford, the address to which Dane’s brother, Terence returned after a voyage in 1923. In 1927, Dane, then Deputy Victualling Store Officer, Admiralty, was made an M.B.E. and subsequently, as Deputy Director of Victualling, East Indies, Admiralty, he was made an O.B.E. In April 1932 all but John set off aboard the ‘Naldera’ for Malta, returning aboard ‘Chitral’ three years later to live at ‘Little Greenwood’, Holm, Newton Abbott. Dane and Katrine returned to Malta but came back to UK in 1938.

By then their daughter, [6] Dawn St Clair SALTER, born on 8 March 1913 [Alverstoke 1913, 1st qt], had married Flight Lieutenant Maurice Quartano CANDER, the son of Cecil Horace CANDLER, and seven years her senior. The wedding took place at the RAF station, Felixstowe, on 24 March 1936. Maurice had been confirmed a pilot officer in 1930, a flying officer the following year when he transferred to the R.A.F. Base, Calshot, and a flight lieutenant the year before his marriage. He was promoted to Squadron Leader in 1938 and made a temporary wing commander in 1940, commanding 500 Squadron RAF from March to July 1941. In 1955, having retired from the RAF as a Group Captain, he was made an M.B.E.. He died in Suffolk, aged 63 [Deben 1969, 1st qt]. Dawn died in Wiltshire, aged 77 [Marlborough, Feb 1991]. They had a son and a daughter.

[6] John Dane H SALTER was born in Australia on 5 July 1917 and was educated at Berkhamsted School. He married Constance I TROUGHTON [New Forest 1941, 2nd qt] and they had two sons. He was 77 when he died [Tavistock Nov 1994].

[5] Terence Macleane SALTER, the second son of Emily and James SALTER (or view on tree), was born in 1883 [Cheltenham 1883, 1st qt]. He joined the Royal Navy in 1900 and in 1901 was promoted Assistant Paymaster in His Majesty's Fleet. In the census that year he was aboard HMS Majestic, at Gibraltar, as was the Vice Admiral of the Fleet. In 1916 he was promoted to the rank of Paymaster. He is recorded as returning from Malta aboard the “City of Valencia” in 1923. When he retired in 1931 he was a Paymaster Commander, retaining the rank of Captain in retirement. He then concentrated on botany, collecting specimens, writing on the subject and until 1960 working for the University of Cape Town’s Bolus Herbarium, collecting plants around South Africa. His collection of Oxalis remains there and the Saltera (Penaeaceae) is so-named in his honour. He died in 1969.

[5] Malcolm Gurney SALTER, the third son of Emily and James SALTER (or view on tree), was born on 10 May 1887 [Cheltenham 1887, 2nd qt]. He was educated at Cheltenham College and at Hertford College, Oxford. He died on 15 June 1973 at Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire. His obituary in ‘The Cricketer’, August 1973, read: ‘Malcolm Gurney SALTER, who died on June 15, aged 86, was a phenomenal schoolboy batsman, who, although he was five years in the Cheltenham XI, played for Oxford in 1909 and 1910 and for Gloucestershire from 1907 to 1925, never quite fulfilled his promise. In 1909 he and A. J. EVANS began the 'Varsity match by putting up 115 for the first wicket in one hour. For Gloucestershire his best season was 1924 when, reappearing after a long absence in India, he came second in the averages, considerably strengthening a weak batting side.’

He was a right-handed batsman and scored 2486 runs in 119 first class innings (65 matches), his highest score being 152, one of the two first class centuries he made. As well as playing for Gloucestershire and Oxford University he also represented Europeans (India) (1913/14-1925/26), Rajputana and Central India.

Malcolm died on 15 June 1973 at Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire.

[5] Olive Mary SALTER, the only daughter of Emily and James SALTER (or view on tree), was born on 3 Jan 1893 [Cheltenham 1893, 1st qt]. She married Robert (Herbert according to her father’s probate) DOBELL [Cheltenham 1918, 4th qt]. Their son, David DOBELL who was born in 1920 [Cheltenham 1920, 2nd qt] (there was a David DOBELL who was an actor with the Liverpool Repertory Company in the late 1930s). Olive was 85 when she died [Blyth, Suffolk 1978, 1st qt].

[3] James Ambler WILDING (1820 – 1860) (view on tree)

James, the son of William and Anne WILDING (or view on tree) was christened at Church Stretton on 25 June 1820 (IGI). He became a grocer in Wistanstow and married Harriet PINCHES (ca 1819 – 1877) on 21 April 1844 [Clun 1845, 2nd qt]. After James died in 1860 [Ch. Stretton 1860 4th qt], in 1861 his widow was running the family drapers and grocery business in Wistanstow, aided by their daughter, Harriet. Two years later Harriet Wilding senior remarried [Ch Stretton 1863 1st qt] and she and her husband, James PASSEY, had a daughter, Emily, who was born in Wistanstow in 1865 [Ch Stretton 1865 2nd qt]. The children of James Ambler WILDING and Hannah (née PINCHES) were:

Mary Anne WILDING (1845 - 1908)
Harriet WILDING (1846 - 1934)
James William WILDING b 1848
Richard WILDING (1849 – 1932)
Henry Ambler WILDING (aka Ambler WILDING) (1852 - 1929)
Eliza WILDING (1851 - 1939)
Alfred WILDING (1853 - 1924)
Louis Maria WILDING b 1854/5
Francis Edward WILDING b 1856
Fanny WILDING b 1859

[4] Mary Anne WILDING (1845 - 1908)

Mary Anne the eldest daughter of James Ambler and Anne Wilding (or view on tree) was born in 1845 [Ch Stretton 1845, 2nd qt] and christened at Wistanstow on 13 April 1845. She with her uncle, the surgeon Richard WILDING, & his family in 1861. In 1865 she married Walter HOBDAY of Elham, Kent [Ludlow 1865, 1st qt]. In 1861 Walter was a draper's assistant in Watford High Street, Hertfordshire. As a couple they became outfitters in Castle Steet, Ludlow, helped by their eldest son when he was old enough. They had a large family: Walter Wilding HOBDAY [b Ludlow 1866, 2nd qt], Frederick James Hobday [b Ludlow 1867, 1st qt], Harry Hobday [b Ludlow 1868, 3rd qt], Annie Victoria Hobday [b Ludlow 1870, 1st qt], Minnie Hobday [b Ludlow 1872, 1st qt], Laura Hobday [b Ludlow 1873, 1st qt], Leonard Charlie HOBDAY [b Ludlow 1875, 2nd qt], Augustin HOBDAY [b Ludlow 1876, 2nd qt], Jessie v[b Ludlow 1877, 3rd qt], Bertha East HOBDAY [b Ludlow 1879, 1st qt], Nellie HOBDAY [b Ludlow 1880, 1st qt] and Florence (aka Flossie) Wilding HOBDAY [b Ludlow 1881, 4th qt]. Dorothy HOBDAY [b ca 1881] and Archibald HOBDAY [b ca 1883]. By 1891 and 1901 Walter and some of the children were at 24 Stanford Avenue, Preston, near Brighton, where Walter was a taylor but Mary was not with the family. Of the children with Walter in 1891, Annie was his housekeeper and Laura was a teacher. In 1901, Walter's household included a daughter Dorothy (9) and a son Archibald (7). There was also a 'visitor', who was an unmarried dressmaker, Charlotte L. TITTERTON (50). I have been unable to find Mary Anne in either of these censuses though her death was not registered until 1908 when she was 64 [Lewes 1908, 4th qt]. Having spent many years producing children it would appear she was replaced. The 'visitor' of 1901 became Walter's second wife [Steyning 1910, 2nd qt] and in 1911 they were living in Steyning, Sussex with children Dorothy (19) and Archibald (17) (their births were not registered under Hobday nor under Titterton). Walter was 79 when he died [Steyning 1922, 1st qt].

[4] Harriet WILDING (1846-1934) (view on tree)

Harriet the second child of James Ambler and Anne Wilding (or view on tree) was born in 1846 [Ch Stretton 1846, 4th qt] and christened at Wistanstow on 30 August 1846. She married Elisha OWEN.
For information about all the descendants of Harriet and Elisha Owen return to the main website or open it by clicking here.

[4] James WILDING b 1848

James [b Ch Stretton 1848, 1st qt], the eldest son of James Ambler and Anne Wilding (or view on tree), was christened at Bishops Castle on 23 February 1848.
In 1851 James (3) and his sister, Harriet (4) were staying at Newington, Wistanstow, with George (39) and Maria (44) LUCAS. George was a farmer of 82 acres who was born in Edgton and Maria was born in nearby Adston; Harriet and James were their ‘niece’ and ‘nephew’. This would suggest that Maria’s maiden name was either WILDING or PINCHES (unless 2nd marriages were involved somewhere). I have found no information about James after that.

[4] Richard WILDING (1849 – 1932)

[4] Henry Ambler WILDING (aka Ambler WILDING) (1852 - 1929)

Henry, the fifthe child of James Ambler and Anne Wilding (or view on tree),

, was an outfitter’s assistant in Cardiff in 1871. He married Louisa BALLINGER [Monmouth 1876, 1st qt] and they lived in Craven Arms (1881 & 1891) where he was a grocer & draper. In 1901 he was a grocer & shopkeeper in Nothwick Place, Cheltenham. He & Louisa had no children and he died on 28 June 1929 aged 76 [Gloucester 1929, 2nd qt], leaving an estate worth almost £2140.

Note that there were two ‘Henry Ambler WILDING’ infants born in 1852, though only one birth appears on the General Register. One was the son of James Ambler and Harriet WILDING, and was born in Wistanstow and the other was their nephew, son of Richard WILDING and Susannah (née CORFIELD) and was born in Church Stretton . The former appears to have been listed as ‘Ambler WILDING’, aged 9, in 1861; he was denoted the son of Harriet WILDING who was by then a widow. (The birth of an Esther Ambler WILDING appears in the hand-written General Register [Ch Stretton 1852, 3rd qt] on the same page as the births of 'James Ambler WILDING' & 'George Corfield WILDING'; perhaps this was a transcription error & it should have been ‘Henry Ambler WILDING’ as subsequently I have found no record of her.) In 1879 there was a Henry Ambler WILDING of Monnow Street, Monmouth, (trading as H A Wilding & Co.) and of Corn Square, Leominster, Herefordshire, (trading as H A Wilding) whose businesses went into liquidation.

[4] Eliza WILDING (1851 - 1939)

Eliza went to America where there are living descendants.

[4] Alfred WILDING (1853 - 1924)

Alfred, the seventh child of James Ambler and Anne Wilding (or view on tree), was born in 1853 [Ch Stretton 1853, 4th qt] and christened at Wistanstow on 12 February 1854. He married Kate Amelia HUTCHENS [Hungerford 1875, 3rd qt] & they settled in Newport, Monmouthshire but in 1911 they lived in Cardiff. Alfred died when he was 70 [Newton Abbot 1924, 1st qt] and Kate died when she was 78 [Poole 1932, 4th qt]. They had children:

[5] Henry Stanley Hutchins WILDING (aka Harry) b 1876. [Newport M 1876, 3rd qt]

In 1911, Henry was living in Kensington. He married [St Martin 1923, 4th qt] Dorothea Ellen Elizabeth Peake KRIEKENBEEK (née KNIGHT) who had been born in Essex in 1892. Henry was a broker. In 1929 he and Dorothea made a trip to Canada, returning to live at Codsdon, Hayes, Kent. He was living at ‘Hayes Grove’, Hayes, Kent, when in March 1933 he sailed to Gibraltar, returning shortly afterwards from Tangier. In 1935 Henry sailed to Madiera. He and Dorothea appear to have moved into the Sundridge Park Hotel, Sundridge Park, Kent. They were there when he sailed to Marseilles in 1938, when Dorothea died, aged 57, on 2 May 1949 [Bromley 1949, 2nd qt] and Henry was still living there in 1951 when he returned from New York. In 1953 he made a trip to South Africa. Henry died aged 84 [Surrey SE 1960, 4th qt].

[5] Francis WILDING b 1877 [Newport M 1877, 4th qt]
[5] George Ambler WILDING b 1883/4 [Newport M 1884, 1st qt]

  Served in Infantry in WWI & made Temp. 2nd Lt. in January 1915.

[5] Frederick Howard WILDING b 1879 [Newport M 1879, 3rd qt]

[4] Louisa Maria WILDING b 1854/5

Louisa [b Ch Stretton 1855, 1st qt], the eighth child of James Ambler and Anne Wilding (or view on tree), was christened at Wistanstow on 22 April 1855. Perhaps she left Wistanstow after the tragic death of three of Elisha and Harriet’s young children in 1874; Louisa was present at the death on at least one occasion. The next record shows her married to Barry PARSON [Birmingham 1879, 4th qt], who was a railway inspector in 1881 when they were living in Willesden, London, but he died a year later [Hendon 1882, 1st qt], aged 29. Louisa continued to live in London and by 1891 she was working as a bar attendant, one of sixty-seven resident staff at the Hotel Victoria, in central London. In 1901 Louisa is listed as the wife of Belfast born boarding house keeper, William A METCALF in Newington, London and with her were her nieces'Flossie' (19) and Minnie (26) HOBDAY, two of the daughters of Louisa's sister, Mary Anne.

[4] Francis Edward WILDING b 1856

Francis [b Ch Stretton 1856, 2nd qt] was christened at Wistanstow on 8 June 1856 but is listed as being 3 years old in 1861. I do not know what became of him.

[4] Fanny WILDING

Fanny [b Ch Stretton 1859, 4th qt] was the youngest of the ten children of James Ambler and Anne Wilding (or view on tree). She was christened as 'Fanny Wilding' at Wistanstow on 9 October 1859 but was recorded as ‘Frances WILDING’ when she married Thomas Rees Jones [Cheltenham 1889, 2nd qt]. They had no children but it is she and her husband who brought up their niece, Dorothy WILDING, the famous photographer.


[4] Richard WILDING (1849 – 1932) (view on tree)

Richard [b Ch Stretton 1849, 2nd qt], the second son of James Ambler WILDING and Harriet (née PINCHES), was christened in Church Stretton in 1849 [Ch Stretton 1849, 2nd qt] and married Eliza BROWN [Monmouth 1871, 2nd qt]. They had children:

[5] Charles Ambler WILDING [b Ross 1872, 4th qt]

Married Ellen Frances M Richards [Brentford 1900, 1st qt]. Clothier’s assistant in Battersea in 1901. In Brentford in 1911.

[5] (Richard) Oswald WILDING [b Ross 1873, 4th qt]

Draper’s Assistant in 1891. Died aged 26 [Newcastle under Lyme 1900, 3rd qt]

[5] Ernest Alfred WILDING [b Ross 1875, 4th qt]

Draper’s Assistant in Crewkerne, Somerset, in 1891. In Brentford in 1911. Died [Rochford 1958, 2nd qt].

[5] Elsie Evelyn WILDING [b Ross 1877, 2nd qt]

1901: A servant in Yeovil, Somerset

[5] Gertrude Alice WILDING [b Ross 1879, 1st qt]

Appears to have married Charles Ernald PETERS SMITH [Plymouth 1903, 1st qt]. In 1911 they were living in Bristol with their children Leslie Ernald Welding PETERS SMITH (7), Eric Maxwell PETERS SMITH (4) and Kenneth Richards PETERS SMITH (2).

[5] Percy Hubert [b Ross 1881, 2nd qt]

In 1901 a clothier’s assistant in Clifton, Bristol. I believe he married Ada Elizabeth COOPER (or possibly Georgina EASTER) [Bristol 1905, 3rd qt] and died aged 73 [Bournemouth 1954, 4th qt]

Eliza died aged 34 [Gloucester 1883, 4th qt] …..

…. & Richard married Martha Mary EDWARDS [Alderbury 1885, 3rd qt]. They had children:

[5] May Edwards WILDING [b Gloucester 1886, 3rd qt]

In 1901 she and her sister, Nora, were resident pupils at ‘Orchard Lodge’, Malvern, Worcestshire , a ‘Ladies’ School’ run by Alice GARNER. In 1911 living in Tamwoth

[5] Nora Elizabeth WILDING [b Gloucester 1887, 4th qt]

In 1901 she and her sister, May, were resident pupils at ‘Orchard Lodge’, Malvern, Worcestshire , a ‘Ladies’ School’ run by Alice GARNER. She married Arthur LLEWELLYN [Axbridge 1926, 1st qt]. I believe she died when she was 75 [Bournemouth 1963, 2nd qt].

[5] Gladys Susan WILDING [b Gloucester 1889, 1st qt]

In 1911 living Gladys was living in Tamworth. She married Gilbert D MORTON [Axbridge 1917, 4th qt]and they had sons, Richard Fraser Douglas MORTON [Tamworth 1922, 1st qt] and Douglas W MORTON [b Bimingham S 1924, 4th qt]. Richard was killed in WWII. He was a lieutenant in the North Staffordshire Regiment and was attached to the 1st Battalion of the 2nd Punjab Regiment. He died, aged 22, on 6 September 1944 and is buried at Arezzo War Cemetery in Italy. By then Italy had joined the Allied forces and the Germans made a stand in front of Arezzo early in July that year. There was fierce fighting before the town was taken by the Allies. The CWGC reports that his parents were ‘of Paddington, London’.

[5] Dorothy Frances Edith WILDING (1893 - 1976)

Destined to become one of the 20th century’s most famous female photographers.

In 1901 Richard, Martha, Gladys and a servant were living in Wainfelin, now a northern suburb of Pontypool, Monmouthshire and in 1911 Richard and Martha were in Axbridge, Somerset, where Richard died, aged 83 [Axbridge 1932, 4th qt]. Martha died in Bournemouth on 1 January 1935. Her daughter, Nora, was an executor to her will in which she left over £7000.

[5] Dorothy Frances Edith WILDING (1893-1976)

Dorothy, the first female to be appointed the official royal photographer, was the tenth child of of Richard Wilding (or view on tree), her mother being his second wife, Martha Mary (née Edwards). For three decades she photographed not only members of the Royal family and of British aristocracy but also many of the glitterati and distinguished personalities of her time including George Bernard Shaw and Noël Coward (a Google Image search for “Dorothy WILDING” shows some of her portraits). She had studios in London and in New York and in 1976, on her death, 260 of her portraits were presented to the National Portrait Gallery in London by her sister Mrs. (Gladys) Susan Morton. They formed the basis of a major retrospective exhibition in 1991.

Dorothy Frances Edith WILDING was born on January 10, 1893 [Gloucester 1893, 1st qt]; in 1891 her father, a ‘clothing traveller’, was living with his second wife, Martha, in Longford, Gloucestershire. Dorothy was his tenth child and when she was four Dorothy had the traumatic experience of being taken from her large family to be brought up by her childless aunt Fanny and uncle, Thomas Rees Jones, a draper in Cheltenham.

GR: Thomas Rees Jones m Frances WILDING [Cheltenham 1889, 2nd qt]) 1901 census: Dorothy F E WILDING (aged 8, b Gloucester) was living at 344 High Street, Cheltenham, with her uncle and aunt, Thomas R Jones (a draper aged 37, b Llanarth, Monmouth) and Frances (41, b Wistanstow).

It seems very unfair to educate at least two of her sisters at a private boarding school and to pack the youngest off to live with childless relatives.

Thomas disapproved of Dorothy’s aspiration to become an actress so she wrote in her memoir that she decided, “If they won’t allow me to be an actress, or paint portraits, I’ll do it through the camera instead.” She had saved up to buy her first camera and tripod in 1909 from a shop in the Cheltenham Promenade and, self-taught, she quickly established an interest in the techniques of lighting and retouching. She was able to persuade her adoptive parents to let her move to London to further her ambition and polished up her technique working, mainly as a retoucher, for Marian Neilson in Bond Street and for two other leading London West End photographers, Walter Barnett and Richard Speaight.

By the age of twenty-one she had saved up enough money to lease her own photo studio in George Street, off Portman Square in London, but unable to buy expensive photographic equipment she was forced to photograph in daylight. Initially she lived at one end of the studio and undertook retouching work until her business became self-supporting. Her success as a portrait photographer enabled her to move in 1918 to a larger studio in Regent Street where she employed staff and six years later she acquired her own business in Bond Street where she began experimenting with artificial lighting. By the late 1920s, she had become a leading society portrait photographer. Her work was characterised by simple art deco props and plain white backgrounds, enhanced by a brilliant use of lighting, often to exaggerate tonal contrasts, and a natural flair for elegant, geometric composition. With her abundant self-confidence she more than held her own in a male-dominated industry. Tom Hustler who worked in her studio, recalled a repost she made to Antony Armstrong Jones when he remarked that he preferred natural light to studio work; she replied, "Mr Jones, in my studio I can put the sun where I want it." Her distinctive style became known as the 'Wilding Look'.

Coronation stamp In 1920, Dorothy, then 27, married an Irish leather merchant, Walter O. Portham [St Martin 1920, 3rd qt], a man about twice her age. During the following two decades, portrait photography in England was extremely popular and Dorothy became one of its greatest and most sought after exponents. In 1929 she took the first of her many royal portraits; it was of Prince George, then seventeen, who would become the Duke of Kent. In 1930 she was admitted into the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain.

Dorothy and Walter divorced in 1932 and that same year, on 4 June, she married Tom "Rufus" Leighton-Pearce [Farnham 1932, 2nd qt]. He was a designer, interior decorator, painter and Mayfair architect, who created an inoventive art deco design for her studio. He had three children from his first marriage which had also ended in divorce (1931) after his wife had become an alcoholic. Meanwhile, Dorothy's photographic career was flourishing and she was in the process of increasing the number of her studios in the London area to seven.

Her series of photographs of Wallis Simpson, taken early in 1935, so impressed the Prince of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) that he too posed for her. These famous portraits might have been to Dorothy’s disadvantage when the popularity of this couple crashed on Edward’s abdication but on January 12, 1937 she received a very important telephone call summoning her to Buckingham Palace to photograph Elizabeth, the new king’s consort. Dorothy wrote of this meeting that ‘A sweet voice said “Oh, Miss Wilding, I’m so glad we meet at last”, and a warm little hand grasped mine in hers, and held it for so long, and so tight, that for a moment my mind went blank’. During the session Elizabeth’s husband, King George IV, entered the room dressed in his uniform as Admiral of the Fleet. At Dorothy’s suggestion, he agreed to join his wife for a portrait and this was the picture he selected for his Coronation issue stamp. However, not being ideal for stamp reproduction, Edmund Dulac was asked to prepare a design using hand-drawn interpretations of the photographs. This portrait with modifications was also used for a Silver Wedding Stamp in 1948. In May 1937 Dorothy became the first woman to be the official photographer to a King and Queen at their Coronation. She was awarded the Royal Warrant in 1943. She would take photographs of both King George IV and Queen Elizabeth II for use on stamps, currency and banknotes in Britain and in other countries of the Commonwealth including her most iconic portrait, 'The Dorothy Wilding Portrait', of Queen Elizabeth II, which was used for stamps from 1952 until 1967; in the world of philately these are known as the Wilding series. The photographic session took place on February 26, 1952 with The Queen wearing an off-the-shoulder Norman Hartnell dress and a tiara. The original portrait was taken at Clarence House on February 26, 1952, just three weeks after the death of King George VI.

The Wilding Portrait 1937 was a very significant year in Dorothy’s life, not only with the Coronation photographs but also being the year she opened her New York Studio. It became a magnet for the rich and famous and thereafter she commuted between London and New York by ocean liner. She and her husband were living in Newport, Rhode Island, when he died on 20 August 1940, just months after her first husband had died from a heart attack.

Dorothy was particularly known for her society magazine portraits "Girls in Pearls" but she was nothing like the beautiful women she immortalised. She herself was quite short and solidly built, with plain, horn-rimmed glasses and she often sported a black beret.

1940, was a very bad year for Dorothy; as well as being widowed, a German bomb destroyed her London studio. Dorothy began to spend more time in America, building up her US business.

By the late 1950s Dorothy’s style had become less fashionable; she closed her New York Studio on 56th Street, Manhattan in 1957 and her London Studio a year later. On her retirement in 1958 she published her autobiography ‘In Pursuit of Perfection’. In her later years she used her talents on interior design and after a long illness she died in a London nursing home on 9 February 1976, aged 83.

Dorothy’s legacy extends beyond her original photographic portraits to the world of philately, some of her royal portraits being adapted for both definitive and commemorative stamps. The first such photograph taken in January 1937 of Queen Elizabeth and George VI was the one adapted by Edmund Dulac for the 1½d Coronation stamp. This same photograph was used both in Newfoundland and in Canada for the 1939 Royal Visits. Post WWII it was decided to produce stamps showing the King in civilian clothes rather than military uniform, with Dorothy again taking the pictures for the 1949 definitive series. The Wilding definitive stamps for Queen Elizabeth II were used by Great Britain from 1952 until 1967, the same portrait appearing elsewhere in the Commonwealth (e.g. in Canada from 1954 until 1962). The first Wilding picture of the Queen, then Princess Elizabeth, with her sister Princess Margaret Rose in Girl Guide uniforms appeared on the 1944 New Zealand health issue. The 1947 Royal visit to Southern Africa was marked by stamps of South Africa, that were also overprinted SWA for South West Africa (Namibia), Basutoland (Lesotho), Bechuanaland Protectorate (Botswana), Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Swaziland. Australia used Wilding portraits on its 1953 definitive issue stamps, the 1954 Royal Visit, as well as on other stamps, such as In 2002 a prestige postcard set. Many of the Commonwealth countries had a common stamp design, some with Wilding portraits such as the 1948 Silver Wedding and the 1953 Coronation issues. The 50th anniversary of the appearance of the Wilding definitive stamps of Canada, was marked by reissuing the 5-cent blue in 2004.

Many British Commemorative stamps of this era were based on Dorothy’s portraits. These include: the 1947 Royal Wedding stamp commemorating the wedding of Princess Elizabeth, later Queen Elizabeth II: the Silver Wedding issue of 1948: the Queen’s 60th Birthday in 1986, the Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday, reissued as a mourning stamp, and the 50th Anniversary of the Queen’s Accession. The 'The Dorothy Wilding Portrait' used on the definitive stamps of the 1950s and 1960s was used again when decimalisation was introduced in Britain. Two new miniature sheets showing all of the original 18 Wilding British definitives with updated values were issued in the 21st century. Dorothy WILDING has left a lasting legacy. She had no children of her own but through her second marriage she had a stepdaughter, Pamela Leger (née Leighton Pearce), who also became a photographer.

[4] Eliza WILDING (1851 - 1939) (view on tree)

Eliza Wilding

I am very grateful to Eliza's great grandson, Michael Wilding Marston Jr, for much of the information about Eliza and her descendants.

Eliza (pictured left & below), the sixth of the ten children of James Ambler and Anne Wilding (or view on tree), was born on 20 April 1851 [Ch Stretton 1851, 2nd qt] and christened at Wistanstow on 4 May 1851. In 1861 she was with her uncle, the surgeon Richard WILDING, and his family in Church Stretton. In 1871 she was running the family grocer and draper store in Wistanstow, aided by her sister, Louisa Maria, and living with them was their half-sister, Emily PASSEY, a servant, an errand boy and a visiting butcher. Eliza was by then engaged to be married to Richard MARSTON. He had been born on 26 February 1851 at Halford in Shropshire and with his eighteen year old brother, John, had sailed from Liverpool aboard the City of Nevada, Guion Line, on 15 February 1870, arriving in New York eleven days later. It was their intention to acquire a farm and they bought one at Lyons Bend on the Tennessee river. I have been told that by 1871 Richard’s father, also Richard (b. 1819), who had been a tenant farmer in Halford, with his wife Mildred Elizabeth Bright (b. 1827), and their remaining ten children, all born in Halford, had joined the two young men in Tennessee and by 1874 they had all settled in Grassy Cove, TN.

Eliza Wilding In the 1870s Eliza followed Richard to America and they were married in 1878 at Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, which was where their first child, Maud (aka Maude) Wilding MARSTON, was born on 13 March 1880. The following year the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where two more children were born: Richard Edson MARSTON on 10 November 1882 and Arthur Bright MARSTON on 14 December 1885. I am told that Richard owned a wooden flute and that he attendended the Baltimore Polytechnical Institute; this engineering school had opened in 1883 as Baltimore Manual Training School. It was in Baltimore that Richard died on 18 April 1897. Eliza died in Detroit, Michigan, on 20 November 1939.

Children:
Maud (aka Maude) Wilding MARSTON (1880 - 1965)
Richard Edson MARSTON (1882 - 1946)
Arthur Bright MARSTON (1885 - 1961)


[5] Maud (aka Maude) Wilding MARSTON (view tree), born on 13 March 1880 in Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee, was the eldest child of Richard and Eliza MARSTON. She attended Carnegie Library School and worked in the Detroit Public Library for twelve years. She sang with the Baltimore Oratorio Society and on 25 December 1920 she married James Ironside (or Ironsides) who had been born in Peterhead, Scotland, on 21 April 1885. James, a carpenter contractor in 1930, had four brothers and a sister, at least two of whom satyed in UK.James died on 11 March 1935 and Maud on 18 January 1965; she was buried three days later in Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit.

[5] Richard Edson MARSTON (view tree), born in Baltimore on 10 November 1882, was the eldest son of Richard and Eliza MARSTON. He went to a technical school in Baltimore to qualify as an engineer and, aged twenty-two, he witnessed the Baltimore fire of 1904. He played the organ for the Episcopalean Church in Broomall, PA., and worked as an engineer for the Packard Automobile Company. His daughter wrote that he was a fine musician who studied for some time under the great French organist, Bonnet, and that he also developed a love of sailing. On 24 May 1916 he married Lillian Florence DWYER. Lillian, born on 5 July 1893 in Detroit, was the daughter of a doctor who hadScottish and Irish ancestry. By the age of ten she had lost her mother and she was raised by her mother's sister in Detroit. She graduated from Wayne University and like her sister-in-law, Maud MARSTON, become a librarian in Detroit; she never lost her love of books and was seldom without a paperback, generally a mystery novel. Lillian and Richard had five children who grew up at the time of the Depression. The family moved many times as Richard's work took them to Detroit, Michigan, to Fairport, NY, to Allentown, PA, to Broomall, PA, and finally to Conshohocken, PA. After Packard, he had gone to work at a plant making fire trucks in Philadelphia. When her children were away during WWII Lillian wrote to them almost every day and when her daughter-in-law died she helped raise the children of her widowed son, Michael W. Marston Jr. Richard stopped driving following a very bad car accident. He died at Broomhill, PA, on 8 January 1946 and is buried in the Valley Forge National Park Cemetery. Lillian loved travelling and spending time with her grandchildren, combining the two either in visits to her daughter's family on a ranch in Carmel Valley, CA, or in summer family holidays, often at Cape Cod or Long Island; she loved the ocean and had a collection of shells. In later life she developned symptoms of Alzheimers and had several TIA strokes. She died at Conshohocken, Montgomery, PA, on 14 December 1984 following a bout of Shingles. She is buried with Richard in Valley Forge National Park Cemetery.

Children:
Elizabeth Ann MARSTON (1917 - 1986)
Richard Edson Marston, Jr. (1919 - 1969)
Frances Dwyer Marston b 1921
Margaret Mary Marston (1922 - 2005)
Michael Wilding Marston, Sr (1927 - 2005)

[6] Elizabeth Ann MARSTON (view tree), the eldest child of Richard Edson and Lillian Florence MARSTON, was born on 25 July 1917 in Detroit. She trained as a nurse at University of Pennsylvania Hospital and served in the navy in WWII which is how she met her husband, Albert J A PIONE; they married on 22 February 1946 in Detroit. Albert had been born in New York City on 3 July 1921. In the war he worked as a photographer and photography remained an interest throughout his life. His other love was sailing and he owned a 28 foot wooden sloop, Seabird, which for many years he kept at the Gregg Neck Boatyard on the Sassafras River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He also enjoyed rifle shooting along the Delaware River. Elizabeth shared his love of sailing but was also a big ice-hockey fan, supporting the Philadelphia Flyers. They lived for many years in Wilmington, DE, but later moved to Lewes, DE. A few years later Elizabeth died, in October 1986. Albert died on 8 November 2006 in New York City. They had three sons, the first of whom was born in Paris and there are living descendants.

[6] Richard Edson Marston, Jr. (view tree), the eldest son of Richard Edson and Lillian Florence MARSTON, was born on 13 May 1919 in Detroit. He graduated from Marple Newtown High School but dropped out of college when he was found to have Encephalitis, serious irritation and swelling of the brain often caused by a virus. However he was bleassed with a photographic memory and subsequently qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Philadelphia. He died in April 1969 in Conshohocken, Montgomery, PA, and is buried at the Valley Forge National Park Cemetery.

[6] Frances Dwyer Marston (view tree), the third child of Richard Edson and Lillian Florence MARSTON, was born on 25 October 1921 in Fairport, New York. She graduated from the Marple High School and joined the Navy. She was a Navy Wave and spent much of WWII stationed at the Pautexant River Naval Air Base. After the war she got her teaching certificate and spent her entire teaching career in an elementary school in the Upper Merion School Disctrict in Radnor, PA. She lived in Conshohocken, PA., where she looked after her mother in her later years. She never married.

[6] Margaret Mary MARSTON (view tree), the fourth child of Richard Edson and Lillian Florence MARSTON, was born on 20 December 1922 in Fairport, New York. On 16 February 1946 she married Robert Shurtleff Wallace who had been born in Boston on 5 May 1915 but his family had moved to Santa Barbara when he was about six. Margaret and Bob bought a ranch in Carmel Valley, California, which they named Weathertop from Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. In 1990 Bob had a stroke. He died on 25 November 1995. In later years Margaret suffered symptoms of Parkinson's Disease and lived in an assisted living facility. She died on 6 May 2005 in Santa Cruz, CA; her health had declined folllowing a fall a few months before. The touching stories, memories and reflections shared by the many freinds and family members who attended her memorial service on 18 June that year testify to the extent of her influence on others and the affection in which she was held. She and Bob had a son and a daughter and their are living descendants.

[6] Michael Wilding MARSTON, Sr (view tree) was the youngest child of Richard Edson and Lillian Florence MARSTON. He was born in Fairport NY but he he grew up and went to High School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. He joined the navy and was attending flight school when the Japanese surrendered so he never got to serve. While attending Temple University and for a while thereafter earned money transporting new cars between dealerships up and down the east coast. He then became a salesman for Ryerson Steel, a division of Inland Steel, selling steel and plastics and stayed with the company until he retired. He met his first wife, Cornelia DALAKLIS, while in Boston, Massachusetts. They adopted two children but Connie died in 1972. Mike remarried on 25 August 1975. Mike was a very positive, tolerant, generous man who enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family; he would often rent a holiday home for a month in the summer at places such as Fleetwood, Cape Cod, MA, Plum Island, MA, Stowe, VT, Long Island, NY. He was a powerful swimmer and sailing was one of his greatest loves. He spent time on his sister's sloop, Seabird before finally buying a 27 foot Hunter sloop rig, Ventana, named after a restaurant in Big Sur, CA, he had much enjoyed with his second wife. Thereafter, until his son went off to college, nearly every weekend during the season was spent down at the boat which was moored at the Gregg Neck Boat Yard, in Georgetown, MD on the Sassafras River. After a couple of years, in 1981, he upgraded to another sloop from Hunter, a 34 footer, Moonshadow. Sadly, in retirement, Mike suffered from a disease like Alzheimers and in 2003 went into a specialised care home in Naples, Florida, transfering to a hospice in 2005 where he died on 24 May. He is survived by his second wife, his adopted children and their families.

[5] Arthur Bright MARSTON (view tree), born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 14 December 1885, was the yongest child of Richard and Eliza MARSTON. He attendended the Baltimore Polytechnical Institute and after becoming a Lieutenant in the 5th Regiment of the Maryland National Guard he joined the regular army. As reported in the New York Times of 10 October 1908, "2nd Lieutenant Arthur Bright Marston declined appointment to 3rd Infantry". In fact he had to leave as he had married Marie Louise BARNWELL on 25 April that year and he went to work as a draftsman for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co.. Arthur died in Harrison, PA., on 19 July 1961 and Marie died there on 1 September 1965. They had a daughter, [6] Marie MARSTON, about whom I know nothing and a son, [6] Arthur Barnwell MARSTON 6 February 1909 and died on 1 October 1989. After Harrisburg High School, PA, Arthur (jun) attended Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.; his Freshman year finished in 1930 and I believe he majored in History in the class of 1932.


[3] Eliza WILDING (1824–1909) (view on tree)

Eliza, the youngest daughter of William and Anne Wilding (or view on tree) was christened in Church Stretton on 3 June 1824. In 1859 [Ch Stretton 1859, 2nd qt] she married Jasper Jones, a Shrewsbury man ten years her junior. In 1861 Jasper was a grocer in Church Stretton, employing 2 youths, and living with Jasper and Eliza were their daughter, Justina (1), 2 apprentices and a servant. Visiting them was their ‘niece’, Eliza WILDING (10) who, from her age and place of birth, was clearly the daughter of James Ambler WILDING. In 1871 Jasper was a draper’s assistant and, although it was unusual for middle class married women to work, Eliza was a schoolteacher. By then, as well as daughter Justina Anne Jones [b Ch Stretton 1860, 1st qt] there were children Frances Marin Ambler Jones [b Ch Stretton 1862, 1st qt], Jasper William Wilding Jones [b Ch Stretton 1862, 4th qt] and Easthope Harry Jones [b Ch Stretton 1865, 2nd qt]. Like other members of her family Eliza was an active member of the community and in the golden jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria when a huge banquet was held in Church Stretton, “Mrs Jasper Jones (sister of Dr Richard WILDING and wife of Jasper Jones, one of the Congregation Church founders) provided the tea that day. ….. Amid the sunshine, the Jubilee feast was described as being ‘a great and unqualified success’. The toast was made to The Queen accompanied by cheers and the town band played the National Anthem.” Jasper, a draper’s assistant, died on 23 May 1872 and in 1881 his widow, Eliza, was running a boarding house at Ashbrook Villa, Church Stretton; her son, Easthope, an ironmonger's apprentice, was living with her. Ten years later she was running a preparatory school at the same address with two resident pupils and 3 students in their twenties with their mother, visiting from the Birmingham area. She was still a preparatory school teacher in 1901 with three people boarding with her and she was still living at Ashbrook Villa when she died on 30 March 1909, aged eighty-four [Ch Stretton 1909, 2nd qt]. Her spinster daughter, Justina, was one of the executor's of her will.


APPENDIX & REFERENCES

'Betty Chidley the Witch' and the Amblers of Wilderly (Local Folklore)

A family of the name of Ambler occupied a farm at Wilderley, near Pulverbatch, and in a little cottage in a neighbouring dale lived an old woman, commonly called "Betty Chidley from the bottom of Betchcot," who was much in the habit of begging at the farmhouse, and generally got what she asked for. One day Betty came on her usual errand, and found the farmer's wife mixing some "supping" for the calves. She watched the good meal and milk stirred together over the fire, took a fancy to it, and begged for a share.

Mrs. Ambler, rather vexed, spoke sharply, and refused to give her any. Betty only said in a meaning tone: "The calves wenna eat the suppin' now." Little notice was taken of her speech at the time, but when the maid carried out the pail of carefully-prepared "suppin" to the calves, they utterly refused to touch it. Three times over was the attempt made to give it them, but in vain.

Then Betty's ominous words were called to mind, and as quickly as might be she was sent for to the farm, and desired to bless the calves. "Me bless your calves!" she said; "what have I to do with your calves?" but at last she yielded to their entreaties, and said: "My God bless the calves." But the creatures still refused to eat. Then Mrs. Ambler begged her to leave out the word "My." After much pressure she gave way, and consented to repeat the simple words: "God bless the calves." Mrs. Ambler then herself took the "suppin'" to the hungry calves, and to her delight they came to meet her at the door of their house, and ate their food with hearty appetite.

The story has been handed down in the family ever since, and was related by a great-granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ambler, who had it from her great-aunt, one of their daughters.

Sources

  1. Smethcote Registrum, ab Ao 1612. De Baptizatis. Shropshire: Smethcote - Parish Registers
  2. 1612. De Matrimonio Coniunctis. Shropshire: Battlefield, Pitchford, Smethcote, Stapleton, Moreton Corbet, Albrighton (Nr Shrewsbury), Broughton - Par. Regs., Lichfield Diocese
  3. Smethcote Marriage Register, 1754
  4. Shropshire Reg. Mar. 1810-1813. Shropshire: Astley, Withington, Stirchley, Uffington, Ruyton-in-The-Eleven-Towns, Leebotwood, Longnor - Parish Registers, Lichfield Diocese
  5. Leebotwood, Mar.e Regs., 1754 to 1812
  6. Stapleton Par. Regs., Banns of Marriage, 1780-1810
  7. Hereford Diocese Par. Regs. (Shipton, Ford, Hughley, Hanwood, Wolstaston, Tasley, Sidbury): Marriages 1758-1812.
  8. Hereford Diocese, Par. Regs. (Chirbury, Church Stretton), Baptisms

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