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Emma Hamilton Society visit to Pinner May 13th 2018


Pinner is where Horatia Nelson Ward settled, encouraged by her son Nelson Ward after she was widowed in 1859. It was very appropriate that Emma Hamilton Society arranged a day visit there in conjunction with Pinner Local History Society. It is interesting that the first conservation made by The 1805 Club, was to her grave and it was good they were with us.


We were welcomed to West House, Horatia’s son Nelson Ward’s former home, by Lily Style, one of her descendants. We then had a lovely buffet lunch followed by a delightful introduction from Lily and daughter Sophie about the Nelson Ward family. This was followed by an excellent account of places historically connected to the Nelson Ward family in Pinner by Pat Clarke from Pinner Local History Society. There followed a very interesting graphological presentation by Martin Hastings. Martin had studied letters from both Emma and Nelson and gave us some really interesting insights into their health and feelings over the years. There was plenty of audience participation during this part of the presentation.


We then all left for a guided tour of Pinner and places connected with the family, led by Pat Clarke, which was extremely interesting. The High Street buildings seem to have changed little over the past century.  Our walking tour continued to Paines Lane Cemetery where Horatia is buried with two of her children, Philip and Eleanor Philippa Ward. Pat told us that the gravestone originally read “Horatia - God daughter of Nelson”, but has since been altered to read “beloved daughter”. Lily Style read a poem Horatia’s husband, Reverend Philip Ward had written her for her birthday in 1842 before laying a simple bouquet of white flowers on her grave.  Lily’s cousin Raglan Tribe, Horatia’s 3rd great-grandson, had brought a watch that had been Horatia’s which he lay beside the flowers. It was a very poignant moment as, in addition to Lily, Sophie and Raglan, there was Lily’s brother, David Bullock and Raglan’s daughter Emma, making a total of five descendants of Horatia present beside her grave.  Pat then led an optional additional tour to Elmdene (pictured below left, photo courtesy of David Bullock), a house in which Horatia had lived (and later, though at different times, by Ronnie Barker and David Suchet).


It was in all together a very interesting and poignant day in Pinner, and felt a little as if time had stood still with our time spent in the Nelson Ward’s former home and gardens followed by the family Sunday walk. We ended all meandering to The Queen’s Head pub for a drink and the chance to chat. It is said that one of Horatia’s daughter Eleanor was taken into this pub after a fatal accident in The High Street (although Pat told us contrary local lore says she was carried to the drapers). We owe huge thanks to Lily, Matt and Sophie for a very special ‘family day’ out together that will long be remembered. For many of us it captured times past with family – a lovely venue, good food and excellent warm company. Very good and memorable events begin with very good planning and a lot of hard work. This was an excellent start for The Emma Hamilton Society and we were privileged to partake in the day. Many many thanks from all there from: your Cousins, Pinner Local History Society and The 1805 Club.


Genevieve St George, Events Secretary, Emma Hamilton Society






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Neston Visit, 21 April 2017

The 1805 Club were invited to pay a second visit to Neston where Emma Hamilton was christened, to coincide with the Emma exhibition at The National Maritime Museum (NMM), Greenwich by Cllr Pat Kynaston, Neston Town Councillor and Dr Geoff Wright.


We met at 12.00pm at The Ship Hotel for Morning Coffee before being taken by minibus to ‘The Jug and Bottle’ for an excellent celebratory Emma lunch, where we were formally welcomed by Cllr Kynaston from Neston and Peter Warwick, 1805 Chairman.  Lunch lasted until late afternoon, concluding with a very good short talk about Emma Hamilton by Dr Quintin Colville of The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and The Curator of Emma, Seduction and Celebrity there.


We were taken back to The Ship to relax or walk along the foreshore of The Dee Estuary, which was lovely as it was easy to think of Emma and her family having been there.


In the evening we were taken to the wonderful Neston Town Hall for The Evening Talk by Dr Colville about both Emma, the real person and Emma, Seduction and Celebrity exhibition.  Neston Town Hall was packed with local people, which showed how pleased they were to have Dr Colville come to speak.  Neston Council had worked with NMM to put on an excellent exhibition to look at.  We were given a most interesting illustrated presentation, that told the real story of Emma from a child in Neston, her time in London and especially about all the years she was in Naples and when she was so valuable to England and The Royal Navy  due in large to her close connections with The Queen of The Two Sicily’s and her family.  Without Emma’s help the British Fleet would not have been victualled and able to sail to win The Battle of The Nile – the victory that transformed Nelson into a super hero.


After Peter Warwick had thanked Dr Colville, Dr Wright said he had something to present to Dr Colville that he needed to explain first.  He told us about connections of Emma’s forebears The Kidds of Moor Hall in village called Madeley, Cheshire where they were Yeoman farmers. He then mentioned Charles Greville, who took Emma in when she was in dire straights and later sent Emma aged twenty-one with her Mother to Naples because he had connections with Madeley too.  Charles Greville is descended from Faulke Robert Greville 1642 – 1710 but another descendent is Dr Colville.  It is possible that Dr Colville, Charles Greville and Emma Hamilton all have forebears from Madeley that may have met over 200 years ago.  One could have heard a pin drop in Neston Town Hall as Dr Wright presented Dr Colville with a framed Family Tree for him for posterity.  


We were then treated to refreshments with food that would have been available 200 years ago whilst mingling with the locals – a lovely end to a very special evening.  All returned to The Ship to reminisce over the fantastic day that we had enjoyed.


On Saturday morning we attended a service at St Mary’s Church, Neston where Emma was baptised.  The font she was christened in is still there but the original church fell down and was rebuilt in Victorian times.  The Sea and Marine Cadets were in attendance with us which was lovely.  On entering St Mary’s we all gathered by the font where Peter Warwick spoke and then laid flowers before Rev Dawson led a special service including a 18th century hymn that Emma may have known.


After the service we went to Ness where the Memorial Anvil placed by 1805 to mark the 200 years since Emma’s death.  Cllr Kynaston laid flowers to mark this visit.  After we returned to Neston Town Hall for a very jolly Saturday lunch before all went their own ways to home. 


We are all very grateful to Pat, Geoff and helpers as well Neston Town Council for making the 1805 visit so successful, interesting and most enjoyable.



May 2017

Dr Quintin Colville delivery his talk about Emma

Dr Quintin Colville receiving his Greville family tree from Dr Geoff Wright (the family tree with kind permission from Quintin and Geoff is included at the end of this report)

1805 Club Chairman Peter Warwick meeting the Sea Cadets outside St Mary’s

Cllr Kynaston laying flowers on Emma’s anvil monument