Diary of the Plague Year: Day 26 10 April 2020: Rupert Brooke, Henry Edward Verey



I have two volumes of Rupert Brooke’s poems which I bought when I was 17.

In the first volume, Poems, there is an Ex-Libris bookplate in the name of Henry Edward Verey. On the bookplate in volume two are the names of Henry and Lucy Verey. Volume two had obviously been given to Henry by Lucy as there is an inscription dated May 8th 1915.

It is an unusual name so I wondered what I could find online in a quick search.

I found them on the 1911 census. Henry and Lucy were both Londoners, Henry was born in Pimlico and Lucy in Paddington. By 1911 he was 33 had married Lucy (who was then 26). They had been married for three years and were living with their two children at 8 Talbot Square, Hyde Park. His son, Henry Philip Verey, was two and his daughter, Elizabeth Mary Verey, was aged 11 months.

In 1911 Henry Verey was working as a solicitor. The rest of the household comprised five others, all servants!

Suzanna Bowett – parlourmaid (born Cambridge, town) aged 25
Getrude Annie Partridge – cook (born Suffolk, Great Cornard) aged 34
Annie Ashby – housemaid (born Darlington) aged 25
Edith Emily Pardington – nurse (born London, St Pancras) aged 35
Julia Mary Tabner – nursery maid (born Suffolk, Pebmarsh) aged 17

These women all lived in and were all single  – so curious about their lives .

The house itself comprised sixteen rooms NOT including bathrooms, sculleries or landings.

In the 1891 census Henry Verey is listed as living at Bridge House, Twyford, Berkshire, was aged 13 and described as a scholar. The house still stands.

To be continued …


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