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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


According to the pedigree of Sir Joseph Mawbey of Botleys Surrey, several of his ancestors were named Erasmus Mawbey.
They were named after the Dutch Catholic scholar, possibly to inspire them to similarly follow the path of higher learning.
Information about all the Erasmus Mawbeys I have found so far is on a separate 'page' on this blog.


Botley's Park mansion [Source: Wikipedia]
Botleys Park, the home and estate of Sir Joseph Mawbey I remained in the family for five years after the death of his son Sir Joseph Mawbey II in 1817.
In 1928, one hundred and one years later, it was purchased by Surrey County Council for a hospital for mentally handicapped patients.
Villas were built to house the patients, as well as other buildings like a large brick administrative block.
Botleys Park mansion itself was adapted for use as a nurses' home.
The facility opened in 1939, just before the start of World War II.
Its original purpose was disrupted when part of it was used as an emergency hospital for war victims.
In 1990, the site which was still being used as a home for the mentally handicapped was renamed Botleys Park Resource Centre.
In 1997, most of it was closed after a fire caused a great deal of damage.
What remained was renamed Bournewood Hospital.
Since 2010 the mansion has been used as a weddings and receptions venue.
See more at Botleys Park today


work in progress

Sir Joseph Mawbey (1) - father of nine children to Dame Elizabeth Mawbey (nee Pratt)
1730 - born at Ravenstone, on border of Derbyshire-Leicestershire
? baptism
c. 1740 - educated in Surry by his uncle, Joseph Pratt, Esq, of Vauxhall
1847 - joined malt distillery business at Vauxhall which made spirits and vinegar, owned primarily by his uncle
1760 - married aged 30 to Elizabeth Pratt, aged 15, daughter of his cousin, Richard Pratt.
1761 - chosen parliamentary representative for the borough of Southwark; sat until 1868 and then again from 1868-1874
1763 - purchased the estate of Botleys in Chertsey, Surrey where he built a large house, Botley Park
1765 - creation of baronetcy for Sir Joseph (1), 30 July
?? birth of son Joseph (2)
1770 - Sir Joseph Mawbey (1) bought Epsom Manor, September (may have been 1771)
1773? - birth of son Joseph (2) - 'If sacred worth demands Britannia's care, Britons rejoice, your Mawbey has an heir!' start of poem dated 25 June 1773 and probably written by Sir Joseph (1) which appeared in The Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser on 28 June 1773.
1773 - baptism of Joseph 22 July
birth of son Onslow? (Sir Joseph's good friend was the Right Honourable Arthur Onslow, Esq. Speaker of the House of Commons)
1766 - burial of son Onslow 24 December at Lambeth (ref. family search, Joseph Mawbey, Surrey)
?? birth Catherine
?? birth Mary
?? birth Emily
1798 - death 16 June at Botleys; buried family vault St Peter's, Chertsey with his wife and some of his children

Sir Joseph Mawbey (2)
c. 1773 - born
1773 - baptised 22 July
1796 - married Charlotte Caroline-Maria Henchman 9 August (descendant of a protector of King Charles II)
1799 - birth of Emily, 27 January
1801 - birth of Anna Maria, 25 March
1805 - birth of Joseph (3) 12 December at Chertsey, Surrey
1805 - baptism of Joseph (3) 12 December (same day as born)
1805 - burial Joseph (3) 16 December
? - birth of Charlotte
1817 - death Sir Joseph Mawbey (2) 28 August as consequence of a fall from his horse
1817 - daughter Emily inherited Epsom Manor
1819 - death of Emily, 24 March, aged 20
1819 - daughter Anna Maria Mawbey becomes sole heiress to Mawbey estate
1819 - marriage of Anna Maria, aged 18, to John Ivatt Briscoe, aged 28, on 25 September, St James, Westminister
1822 - Anna Maria turns 21, 25 March.
1822 - Botley estate, 575 acres, sold, July
 ? - John Briscoe became Epsom lord of the manor by right of his wife