Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Bookplate - Legh of Norbury Booths Hall 1826.

Legh of Norbury Booths Hall 1826.

Bookplate of Legh of Norbury Booths Hall 1826. Signed: Suffield sc. 233 Strand

19th century armorial bookplate with 10 quarterings. F.17987.

The owner of this bookplate must have been Peter Legh, born 10 June 1794, died unmarried 29 August 1857. His parents were Peter Legh of Booths, Esq., born 4 March 1727/8 and died 12 August 1804, and Anne, eldest daughter and co-heiress of Peter Wade of Middlewich, Gent., born 22 June 1724, married 20 October 1744 at Knutsford. She died 13 October 1794 at Knutsford. Heir to his uncle, Peter Legh in 1857, John Pennington Legh, Esq., of Booths and of Ryde in the Isle of Wight, was born 20 November 1827 and died 12 August 1888.

Norbury Booths Hall, Knutsford, Cheshire, was the seat of the Leghs of Booths until sold in 1917. Peter Legh, who died in 1804, built it in 1745 to replace an older timber-framed quadrangular house. It was enlarged by his grandson, Peter, in 1845 to the design of E. Habershon. The Legh family had several branches in Cheshire such as those of Lyme Park, Adlington, West Hall and East Hall at High Legh. A brief family tree from the 13th century is available at www.thornber.net/cheshire/htmlfiles/leghbooths.html

Dimensions of paper: 117x82mm.

Condition: Below average, scuffed and a large area thinned on verso.

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