Wright Family

The Wright family first appeared in Wold Newton in 1760 when a Parsons Wright came to the South Farm and married a widow there.  His descendant, William Wright (left), by then one of a large land-owning North Lincolnshire family, was the tenant of the Earls of Yarborough at South Farm until 1871 when Wold Newton was sold to pay off part of the Yarboroughs' debt.  (See the Land Ownership page.)  The story is that when the auction was announced, William Wright went to see Francis Iles, the tenant at North Farm who had recently moved into The Manor, newly built by the Yarboroughs, and asked him if he was going to buy his farm.  Iles replied, "Buy my farm!  I can't even afford to pay the rent!"  So Wright bought both farms for £108,000.
 
William Wright was an entusiastic huntsman and died whilst hunting at Great Limber in 1879, leaving the village to his son, William Maurice Wright.

William Wright appears to have been a reasonable and respected landlord.  The Lincolnshire Wolds in the Nineteenth Century by Charles Rawding quotes the following from his obituary notice, although unfortunately it isn't sourced:

"... he always supported his tenant F. Iles ... he was one of the first of Lincolnshire landowners who said he would meet his tenants in regard to rent in a way which the landlords of the present day had a right to do, he said he felt bound to curtail his own expenses so that he might be in a position to meet his friends the tenants in a way that one man should meet another."

The family were pictured outside the Manor in 1893, after William Wright's death:

WILLIAM MAURICE
"Squire"
Currently a student at St John's College, Oxford. Loves to play to the camera.
MAGGIE
Squire's favourite sister, a hunter and Squire's regular assistant when gardening etc.
LEWIS BURKINSHAW
Betrothed of Louisa, "a man beneath her in every way", a tenant farmer from a farming family in Thorseway and Barnoldby.
ETTIE
"Already the wrong side of thirty". Organist of the Church and accompanies Mrs Wright on her soujourns in various resorts.
POLLY
"She complains of being treated like a servant. "Which she is." Most often used to drive her mother and the others around in carriages, and was housekeeper with Ettie.
TEDDY
The image of his father William, a bit of a 'Jack the Lad', ran an agricultural machinery and contracting business in Alton, Hampshire. Announced his marriage as a 'fait accompli' by telegram to his family.
LOUISA
The only daughter to marry, and obviously pleased to be engaged here. Her wedding was for the Squire "the worst day of my life so far" with Mrs Wright being so cold the 'happy couple' left after the service and did not attend the wedding breakfast. It took three years for them to be accepted again. Had two children, both died young. Lived at Scallows as a widow.
ELIZA WALTON WRIGHT
The mother who ruled the roost, widowed in 1879, it is probable any suitor for her children failed to pass muster. Looks disdainfully away from Lewis and Louisa. Her sudden changes of mood could render family life intolerable. Required frequent trips to Scarborough, Bournemouth and Harrogate for her'nerves'.
PARSONS
Still a school boy at King Edward School, Louth at this stage. Quickly learnt to stay away from home as much as possible travelling by bicycle and then cars, an 'early adopter' of new technologies.

"POLLY, TAKE OFF YOUR APRON!  YOU LOOK LIKE A PARLOURMAID!"

"Sorry Mother"



When the last of the family died (Parsons), the family papers were deposited in the then newly founded Lincoln Archives.  This included many photographs, some of which can be seen below.  You will also find below a rather splendid commentary by the archivist on the diaries of William Maurice and Parsons Wright.

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Upon his bankruptcy, Mr Hargrave took refuge with William Wright!  347k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 09:55 Christopher Buckle
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Archivist report on Wright diaries  40k v. 1 26 Oct 2010, 06:04 David Buckle
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Marriage of Eliza, eldest daughter of Maurice Wright  51k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 07:07 Christopher Buckle
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Marriage of William Wright  43k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 07:12 Christopher Buckle
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Report of the death of William Wright  269k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 10:55 Christopher Buckle
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Notes about visiting Ravendale Hall, including a highwayman story!  52k v. 1 13 Dec 2015, 09:29 Christopher Buckle
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William Wright challenges Mr King of Louth to a Steeplechase  129k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 10:12 Christopher Buckle
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Report of the death of William Wright  110k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 10:49 Christopher Buckle
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Birth of a son to the wife of William Wright  26k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 08:05 Christopher Buckle
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Death of Eliza Drake, nee Wright  54k v. 1 28 Mar 2010, 08:01 Christopher Buckle
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Wright Family Tree from Visitation of England and Wales ed. by Frederick Arthur Crisp, privately printed 1906  324k v. 3 7 Mar 2010, 02:17 Christopher Buckle