My mother is really into her family history, and has spent many countless hours researching various limbs of the family tree. She has amassed a vast knowledge of who was who and we have some really quite interesting relatives – some of whom lived was in the Warwickshire area.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had done a family portrait in a small village in Warwickshire, and when I said the name, Moreton Morrell, she said ‘Oh I know Moreton Morrell, some of our relatives lived there….’. I then happened to mention that I had taken photos in the grounds of Moreton Hall which was now a college, and realised that this was actually where they had lived, and were buried in the church yard next door. They were the Oldham family, who must have lived there for a generation or so, and at one point John Seeley Oldham (born 1808) was up in court after his horse had kicked a man called Robert Talbot and killed him. There was also another part of the family (Clement Hurlston) who lived at Three Gates, Moreton Morrell.
So the next time I visited my clients I went into the church to find where they were buried, and grabbed a quick shot of our ancestral home….. Just one question Mum – WHERE DID ALL THE MONEY GO???