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Bedfordshire at War: Christmas Greetings from the King

Saturday 25th December 1915: This Christmas Day His Majesty the King has sent the following message to his armed forces wherever they may be: Another Christmas finds all the resources of the Empire still engaged in War and I desire to convey on my own behalf and on behalf of the Queen a heartfelt Christmas greeting and our good wishes for the New Year to all who on Sea and Land are upholding the honour of the British name. In the officers and men of my Navy, on whom the security of the Empire depends, I repose in, common with all my subjects, a trust that is absolute. On the Officers and men of my Armies whether now in France, in the East or in other fields, I rely with an equal faith, confident that their devotion, their valour and their self-sacrifice will, under God’s guidance lead to Victory and an honourable Peace.

There are many of their comrades now, alas, in hospital and to these brave men, also I desire with the Queen, to express our deep gratitude and our current prayers for their recovery . Officers and men of the Navy and Army another year is drawing to a close, as it began, in toil, bloodshed and suffering but I rejoice to know that the goal to which you are striving draws nearer to sight.May God Bless You and all your Undertakings”. Sir Douglas Haig has sent the following reply on behalf of the British Expeditionary Force in France and Belgium: The Army in France under my Command desires to be allowed to express its warmest thanks to Your Majesty and to Her Majesty the Queen for the gracious message received. On behalf of the troops I respectively beg Your Majesties to accept the most heartfelt good wishes of all ranks for Xmas and the New Year and an expression of their firm and lasting determination to prove themselves worthy of the great trust which Your Majesty reposes in us . The 2nd Bedfords are now part of 30th Division. Many of the units from Manchester and Merseyside were raised with the assistance of the Earl of Derby(1) and the division bears his crest as its divisional identification symbol.

It is thus only natural that the divisional commander Major General Fry should have sent him a telegram wishing him season s best, to which he replied thus: Many thanks for Kind telegram. Very heartily reciprocate. Good Wishes.

Trust 30th Division will find Xmas at Home next year.

I wish all ranks A Happy New Year”.
(1) Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby would be Secretary of State for War from, December 1916 to April 1918 and Ambassador to France from April 1918 to 1920.

In October 1915 as Director General of Recruiting he introduced the Derby Scheme in order to stave off conscription but it did not raise the necessary number of men and conscription was introduced in March 1916.

Shrewsbury murder 'could not be predicted', says new report which …

A man who went on to murder a Shropshire woman had told mental health professionals he heard voices telling him to harm his neighbours, a report revealed today.

Steven Churchill stabbed Jane Edwards to death at her village home in December 2010.

In the summer before the murder, he told psychiatrists of two recent relapses, which were accompanied by extremely violent imagery .

Shrewsbury Murder 'could Not Be Predicted', Says New Report Which ...Police activity in Caradoc View, Hanwood, near the house where Jane Edwards was murdered by Churchill

Churchill had already killed his sister in 1985 and went on to murder Miss Edwards at her home in Hanwood, near Shrewsbury.

An independent report into the circumstances of the 2010 murder today revealed a number of warning signs had emerged.

But it concluded the actions of Churchill could not have been predicted or prevented.

Shrewsbury Murder 'could Not Be Predicted', Says New Report Which ...Police near Churchill s home at Stephenson Drive in Shrewsbury

Today s report reveals Churchill s care team found a kitchen knife in the hallway of his Shrewsbury home a year before he killed Miss Edwards. When challenged on the knife he said it was for his own protection in case someone broke into his flat.

He became disturbed in the summer before Miss Edwards murder, experiencing violent thoughts and in one case locked himself in and would not open the door to people as he could not be certain he would not act on the commands .

But the report states: We found no evidence in his words, actions or behaviour that could have alerted professionals that Churchill might become imminently violent, despite these vague threats.

The investigation, carried out for NHS England, has made several recommendations to South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The report, by experts Chris Brougham and Geoff Brennan, said: We do not consider the killing of Jane Edwards was predictable. We found no words, actions or behaviour from Churchill in the weeks leading up to the killing that should have alerted his care team.

They added that Churchill made no specific threats to Miss Edwards, even though he had had opportunities to do so.

Churchill killed his sister in 1985 and was convicted of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.

He was released in 2003 and discharged from Home Office monitoring after a tribunal in 2006.

The killer, who lived at Stephenson Drive in Shrewsbury, stabbed Miss Edwards 52 times in what was described as a brutal and callous murder.

The 56-year-old claimed he murdered Miss Edwards because he believed God told him she was a witch.

Murderer heard voices in his head

On December 14, 2010, Jane Edwards welcomed what she thought was a friend into her Hanwood home for a meal to celebrate Christmas.

The shocking murder of Jane Edwards robbed a family of a woman they today described as loving, kind-hearted and generous .

The family said they wanted their privacy respected as the report was published, but in a statement issued with the report said they wanted her to be remembered as the person they loved and cherished .

Speaking following Steven Churchill s admission of murder in 2011, Miss Edwards brother Clive told of the terrible impact on their lives, and particularly on her mother.

He said: Steven Churchill is someone who killed a loving, kind-hearted and generous woman for his own means. He took away a daughter, a sister, an auntie and a dear friend to so many people.

He took her away and has now left so many broken people behind. These are people who will remain broken.

Steven Churchill did not just kill Jane that day, but he killed her mother, who continually asked after her daughter up until the day she died herself.

During Churchill s sentencing at Staffordshire Crown Court, Judge Justice Holroyd spoke of the harm visited on Miss Edwards relatives.

He said:

It is vividly stated by her brother, in a statement dated October 10 which I have read with care.

It fell to him to discharge the awful duty of telling his elderly mother that her only daughter was dead.

Churchill, 56, who lived at Stephenson Drive, Shrewsbury, was sentenced to serve a minimum of 26 years in prison after admitting a charge of murder.

During the hearing Mr Roger Smith QC, prosecuting, said the Falklands War veteran became friends with Miss Edwards at Shelton Hospital in 2005 where both were volunteers.

He said Churchill planned the frenzied attack for two weeks and went armed with a knife to a Christmas meal at her Caradoc View flat in Hanwood on December 14, 2010.

He said: He told police he was stabbing indiscriminately and she was shouting. Afterwards Churchill calmly poured himself a drink and had a cigarette before leaving.

During the case it was also revealed that Churchill strangled, stabbed and attacked his sister Lynn Painter with a hammer at a flat in Kings Norton, Birmingham, in September 1985, because he believed she and his other siblings were conspiring against him.

However, unbeknown to Miss Edwards, the man she considered a friend, Steven Churchill, had been hatching a plan to kill his host because he believed God had told him she was a witch.

In 2011 Churchill was sentenced to spend a minimum of 26 years in jail after he admitted the shocking killing of Miss Edwards, during which he stabbed her 52 times. During a harrowing hearing it emerged that Churchill had killed before, having been convicted of manslaughter by diminished responsibility for an attack which killed his sister in 1985.

An independent investigation carried out for NHS England has concluded that Miss Edwards murder could not have been predicted or prevented.

But the investigation, conducted to look at the care provided by the South Staffordshire and Shropshire mental health services, did outline two instances where Churchill had told mental health professionals of violent thoughts towards neighbours.

Despite those incidents the report concludes that there was no evidence in his words, actions or behaviour that could have alerted professionals that Churchill might become imminently violent, despite these vague threats .

The report highlights the difficulty health professionals have in assessing risks posed by patients.

One of the accounts tells how in July 2010 Churchill had informed psychiatrists of two recent episodes of relapse saying they were accompanied with extremely violent imagery .

He said he had locked himself in and would not open the door to people because he could not be certain he would not act on the commands telling him to hurt them.

The investigators say that the admission posed a problem for the care team because it was retrospective, and Churchill appeared to have an understanding of his symptoms.

The report states: The care team were in a difficult position because Churchill provided a retrospective account of his concerning symptoms.

He displayed no symptoms at the time of his account.

He would not have met the criteria for detention under the Mental Health Act at the meeting because he seemed well, with insight into his symptoms and was compliant with all treatment.

Other incidents were highlighted, including one where a care worker found a kitchen knife in the hallway of Churchill s Shrewsbury flat.

He told his care co-ordinator that it was for personal protection against potential intruders .

In an earlier meeting Churchill had also told psychiatrists that the voices he heard were changing from harming himself to harming others , and that the voices mentioned specific people.

During the conversation he named two of his neighbours and said the voices told him they were laughing at him and that he should harm them.

The report says he interpreted the voices as telling him to gather weapons but that he had not gone along with the voices in any way .

A plan was put in place to address the situation, including increasing medication during key times when he was reminded of his first killing because they may trigger relapse.

The report considers South Staffordshire and Shropshire s role in providing care for Churchill but found that there was nothing which would have allowed his detention prior to the murder of Miss Edwards.

It states: His care workers would have needed evidence of imminent self-harm or harm to others before they could have legally intervened and admitted him to hospital under the Mental Health Act.

It says Churchill did not present in a way that demonstrated he was suffering from a mental disorder of a nature or degree that warranted detention in hospital for assessment or that he should be detained in the interests of his own health or safety, or to protect others, before killing Jane Edwards.

The report also reveals that, despite his history of hearing voices, an assessment carried out after his arrest actually found that he was not suffering from a mental illness.

Report authors Chris Brougham and Geoff Brennan also found that care plans put in place for Churchill s treatment were appropriate.

Churchill s symptoms and reactions to medication were also described as not typical of someone with psychosis , because they seemed to happen in set patterns and were sensitive to medication.

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Landed families of Britain and Ireland: (192) Arton (later Bourne …

As so often with the families whose stories are told in this blog, one man created the fortune of the Artons, although in this case subsequent generations have conserved rather than dissipated it. The founder of the family was Thomas Arton (1823-1911), who came from relatively humble middle class origins (he was the fourth son of a land agent and surveyor) but made a fortune as a ‘stuff manufacturer’ in Bradford between the 1840s and 1880s. (Stuff was a technical name for a type of worsted cloth, often made with a linen warp and worsted weft, that had no nap or pile). As he became wealthier, he bought increasingly grand houses, beginning with Shipley Low Hall in 1866 and trading up to Micklefield House at Rawdon in 1871, which he enlarged the following year.

In 1886, when he had recently retired from business, he seems to have invested some of his capital in buying the 2,700 acre Tanfield estate, where the main attraction may have been the four miles of splendid fishing on the River Ure, as he became Vice-President of the local angling club. There was no major house on the Tanfield estate as Tanfield Hall had been pulled down by the previous owners, the Earls of Ailesbury, in 1816, and Thomas Arton continued to live mainly at Micklefield until his death. Tanfield Lodge, which perhaps began as a hunting lodge within the medieval park attached to Marmion Tower, was handily placed by the River Ure and was no doubt developed as an occasional residence for fishing parties, but its architectural history is obscure.

When Thomas Arton died in 1911 he was succeeded by his only son, William Denby Arton (1846-1949), a barrister (the first of many in a long family tradition) who was also in business in Bradford and seems to have continued to use Micklefield as his main residence for some years.

In about 1918, however, he purchased Sleningford Park on the opposite bank of the River Ure and made this his main home. Micklefield was first let and then in 1930 sold to Rawdon Urban District Council, and it remains Council offices.

In 1928, William Denby Arton’s only son, Thomas, died at the age of 17, and so when William died in 1949 his estate was divided between his two daughters. The elder, Margaret Elaine (1913-2001) received the larger Tanfield estate and Tanfield Lodge, and the following year she and her husband, Maj.

Anthony Temple Bourne, hyphenated their surnames by deed poll to preserve the Arton name. Sleningford passed to his younger daughter, Dorothy Alice (b.

1918), who married Lt-Col. Arthur Denis Bryant (1908-94).

Both sisters prudently passed on their estates to the next generation in their lifetimes, thus avoiding significant tax penalties, and the same thing has happened again more recently. Tanfield Lodge passed to Christopher William Bourne-Arton (b.

1941) and from him to his only son, Richard William Bourne-Arton (b.

1966), who has invested in developing the hydroelectric power potential of the estate; and Sleningford passed to His Honour David Michael Arton Bryant (b.

1942), a County Court judge, and thence to his eldest son, Edward Denis Charles Bryant (b.


Micklefield House, Rawdon, Yorkshire (WR)

There is said to have been a house on this site as far back as 1616, but it was replaced by a new house of 1662 for David Marshall, and there is a sundial in the grounds with the date 1691 and the initials M.A.M. on it.

The house was again rebuilt in a plain Elizabethan style in 1847 for William White, possibly to the designs of Henry Francis Lockwood (1811-78) who was then in independent practice in Hull, although he moved to Bradford after forming a partnership with William Mawson in 1849. This forms the core of the present house, which was extended to the west in the same spirit for Thomas Arton in 1872. The house is built of limestone that has been soot-blackened by generations of atmospheric pollution, an effect that is now increasingly rarely seen on grand houses but was once the norm in industrial areas.

The house has been used as Council offices since it was sold to Rawdon Urban District Council in 1930.

Descent: David Marshall (fl.

1662)…William Leavens (1747-1818); to nephew, William White (1801-72), who sold 1863 to William Kutter, who leased it to John Venimore Godwin; sold 1871 to Thomas Arton (1823-1911); to son, William Denby Arton (1864-1949), who sold 1930 to Rawdon UDC.

Tanfield Lodge, West Tanfield, Yorkshire (NR)

The house, which perhaps began as a lodge in the medieval park attached to Marmion Tower and later to Tanfield Hall (demolished in 1816), stands in a remote location on the banks of the River Ure, which here forms the boundary between the North and West Ridings. Although obviously extensively remodelled in the 20th century, there was a house here in the 1850s and the present building appears to be a complex structure with ranges of several different dates, all now united under a coat of stucco. The estate comprised 2,700 acres in the 1880s.

Descent: Ernest Augustus Charles Brudenell-Bruce (1811-86), 3rd Marquess of Ailesbury sold 1886 to Thomas Arton (1823-1911); to son, William Denby Arton (1864-1949); to daughter, Margaret Elaine (1913-2001), wife of Maj.

Anthony Temple Bourne (later Bourne-Arton) (1913-96); to son, Christopher William Bourne-Arton (b.

1941); to son, Richard William Bourne-Arton (b.


Sleningford Park, North Stainley, Yorkshire (WR)

The core is a five bay, two-and-a-half storey house of stone, built about 1730 for Sir John Wray, 12th bt. of Fillingham (Lincs), with stone quoins at the angles; the central pedimented doorcase has blocked pilasters and a chunky quintuple keystone. To either side of this were added later three bay wings; that to the right being of two storeys and that to the left of one only; a further single-storey 19th century addition to the right with a tripartite window was built as a kitchen but has since been converted into a garage.

The rear elevation has a central doorway with a Gibbs surround and again a chunky quintuple keystone. Inside, the entrance hall has a pedimented plaster overmantel incorporating the ostrich badge of the Wray family. The big plain 19th century staircase rises to the second floor and blocks two windows on the centre of the rear elevation; it replaced a smaller staircase that apparently rose only to the first floor: the cornice of the original stairhall survives in a first floor bathroom and the adjacent landing.

There is some simple bolection-moulded panelling in the upstairs rooms, and original doors and window shutters, and the dining room downstairs also has some 18th century panelling. Near the house is a quadrangular Palladian stable block of c.1760, with Diocletian windows, which has been converted into a separate house.

Descent: Sir John Wray (1689-1752), 12th bt; to son, Sir Cecil Wray, 13th bt, who sold to his brother-in-law, Capt. John Dalton (1726-1811); to son, Col.

John Dalton (1758-1841); to son, John Dalton (1784-1864); to son, John Dalton (1813-71); to son, John Dalton (1848-87); to sister, Georgiana Isabella (d.

1918), wife of Seymour Berkeley Portman (later Portman-Dalton) (d.

1912), who let the house to W. Bairstow and later sold the estate (while retaining Sleningford Grange) before 1919 to William Denby Arton (1864-1949); to daughter, Dorothy Alice (fl.

1949), wife of Lt-Col. Arthur Denis Bryant; to son, David Michael Arton Bryant (b.

1942), who gave the house to his son, Edward Denis Charles Bryant (b.


Arton (later Bourne-Arton) family of Sleningford Park and Tanfield Lodge

Arton, William (1781-1841). Only son of James Arton (d.

1805) of Horsforth, born 21 November 1781. Land agent and surveyor and Liberal Party election agent. A Unitarian in religion.

He married, 25 January 1804 at Guiseley (Yorks WR), Hannah (c.1786-1867), daughter of Joseph Exley of Rawdon (Yorks WR) and had issue:
(1) Jane Arton (1804-67?), born at Horsforth, 11 November 1804; married, 14 May 1826 at Guiseley, William Lobley (1799-1837) and had issue; perhaps the person of this name who was buried at Coley in Halifax (Yorks WR), 24 April 1867;
(2) Elizabeth Arton (b.

1806), born at Horsforth, 27 July 1806; married, 4 September 1826 at Guiseley, John Bailey of Leeds;
(3) Mary Arton (b.

1810), born at Horsforth, 12 September 1810;
(4) James Arton (b.

1812; fl.

1851), born at Horsforth, 24 November 1812;
(5) William Arton (1815-1907) of Rotherham (Yorks WR), born at Horsforth, 9 January 1815; greengrocer and later butcher at Rotherham; married Emma surname unknown (b. c.1816); died 10 January 1907, aged 92; will proved 18 March 1907 (estate 248);
(6) Richard Arton (1817-67), born at Horsforth, 26 May 1817; clothier; married, 27 November 1837, Elizabeth Ingham (b. c.1818), and had issue; died 26 September 1867;
(7) Hannah Arton (1821-1906?), born 14 June 1821; married, 23 August 1846 at Wibsey, Bradford, Matthias William Smith Attwood, silversmith, and had issue; said to have died 31 December 1906;
(8) Thomas Arton (1823-1911) (q.v.);
(9) Sarah Arton (b.

1825), born at Horsforth, 28 December 1825; possibly the person of this name who married, 11 November 1849 at Calverley (Yorks WR), Richard Nicholson Lister, son of Joseph Lister, gent.;
(10) Joseph Arton (1828-55), born 16 June 1828; book-keeper and buyer in his brother’s clothmaking business; died Apr-Jun 1855.
He lived at Horsforth (Yorks WR). His widow lived latterly at 65 Hanover Square, Bradford.
He died at Bradford, 15 May 1841. His widow died 22 January 1867.

Arton, Thomas (1823-1911). Fourth son of William Arton (b.

1781) and his wife Hannah, daughter of Joseph Exley of Rawdon (Yorks WR), born 2 December 1823. A stuff merchant with D. Abercrombie & Co.

in Bradford (later Abercrombie & Arton and then Thomas Arton & Co.), a business which he appears to have sold in the 1880s. Chairman of Rawdon Local Board of Health c.1885-90 and Horsforth Waterworks Co., c.1890 and a Director of the Bradford Exchange. He married, 2 December 1856 at Baildon (Yorks WR), Hannah (c.1830-1902), daughter of William Denby of Tong Park, Baildon and had issue:
(1) William Denby Arton (1864-1949) (q.v.).
He purchased Shipley Low Hall in 1866; Micklefield House, Rawdon in 1871 and Tanfield Lodge, West Tanfield in 1886, but he was described as ‘of Micklefield House’ when his will was proved.
He died 27 March 1911; his will was proved 9 May 1911 (estate 78,308).

His wife died 14 May and was buried at West Tanfield, 17 May 1902; her will was proved 4 June 1902 (estate 27,511).

Arton, William Denby (1864-1949) of Tanfield Lodge and Sleningford Park. Only child of Thomas Arton (1823-1911) and his wife Hannah, daughter of William Denby of Tong Park, Baildon (Yorks WR), born 17 June 1864. Educated at Rugby School, Hertford College, Oxford (admitted 1883; BA 1885; MA 1896) and the Inner Temple (called to bar, 1889). Lt.

in 3rd Battn, West Yorkshire Regt., 1886. Barrister-at-law; JP for the North and West Ridings of Yorkshire and the Liberty of Ripon. A Director of the Bradford Old Bank, and Chairman of Bradford Exchange.

He married, 2 February 1910 at Esholt, Alice (k/a Elsie) (1880-1960), elder daughter of Charles Yewdall of Hollings Hall, Esholt (Yorks) and had issue:
(1) Thomas Denby Arton (1911-28), born 19 January 1911; died aged 17 at Holt (Norfolk), 31 January 1928;
(2) Margaret Elaine Arton (1913-2001) (q.v.);
(3) Dorothy Alice Arton (b.

1918) (q.v.).
He inherited Tanfield Lodge from his father in 1911 and purchased Sleningford Park in about 1918. He may have lived mainly at Micklefield House until 1918 and thereafter at Sleningford.
He died 13 December 1949; his will was proved 11 August 1950 and 4 January 1951 (estate 149,017). His widow lived at Hollings Hall, and died 15 June 1960; her will was proved 27 July 1960 (estate 63,737).

Arton (later Bourne, then Bourne-Arton), Margaret Elaine (1913-2001) of Tanfield Lodge. Elder daughter of William Denby Arton (1864-1949) and his wife Elsie, daughter of Charles Yewdall of Calverley (Yorks WR), born 17 February 1913.

She married, 16 July 1938, Maj. Anthony Temple Bourne MBE (1913-96), who assumed the additional name of Arton by deed poll in 1950, MP for Darlington, 1959-64, and had issue:
(1) Caroline Rosemary Bourne-Arton MBE (b.

1940), born 15 January 1940; JP and DL for North Yorkshire; Chairman of Northallerton Health Authority and NHS Trust, 1988-97; Member of Yorkshire Dales National Park Committee; High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, 2004-05; married, 30 April 1960, Capt. Humphrey Talbot Thornton-Berry (1928-99) of Swinithwaite Hall, Leyburn (Yorks NR), only surviving son of Trevor Thornton-Berry, and had issue one son and one daughter;
(2) Christopher William Bourne-Arton (b.

1941) (q.v.);
(3) Hilary Susan Bourne-Arton (b.

1944), born 16 April 1944; married, 18 September 1965, Benjamin Dowson of Brackenhill, Caythorpe (Notts) and had issue two sons and one daughter;
(4) Simon Nicholas Bourne-Arton (b.

1949), born 5 September 1949; educated at Harrow, Teesside Polytechnic, Leeds University and Inner Temple (called to bar, 1975; bencher, 2003); barrister-at-law on north-eastern circuit (QC 1994; Leader of the circuit, 2006-09); a Recorder, 1993-2012 and a Senior Circuit Judge since 2012 on NE circuit; married, 1974, Diana Carr-Walker (b.

1950) and had issue two sons (both also barristers) and one daughter.
She inherited Tanfield Lodge from her father in 1949 and handed it on to her elder son in her lifetime.
She died 26 September 2001; her will was proved 10 April 2002. Her husband died in May 1996.Bourne-Arton, Christopher William (b.

1941). Elder son of Maj. Anthony Temple Bourne (later Bourne-Arton) and his wife Margaret Elaine, daughter of William Denby Arton of Tanfield Lodge and Sleningford Park, born 13 November 1941.

Educated at Harrow School. Director of Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group, 1991-2005 and Yorkshire Agricultural Society, 2003-05. He married, 10 July 1965, Gillian, second daughter of Robin Kidman Clover of Highthorne, Rosthwaite, Yorks, and had issue:
(1) Richard William Bourne-Arton (b.

1966) of Tanfield Lodge, born 13 March 1966; educated at Durham Univ; Director of UK Hydro Ltd. and Blur Group plc; married, November 1991, Daphne E. Benson and had issue two sons and one daughter;
(2) Fiona Louise Bourne-Arton (b.

1973), born Oct-Dec 1973; married, August 2000, Daniel Thomas Sibson (b.

1971), son of Peter Sibson of London and had issue.
His mother handed over the Tanfield Lodge estate to him before her death and he has likewise handed over most of the estate to his eldest son.
Now living.

Arton (later Bryant), Dorothy Alice (b.

1918) of Sleningford Park. Second daughter of William Denby Arton (1864-1949) and his wife Elsie, daughter of Charles Yewdall of Calverley (Yorks WR), born 2 April 1918. She married, 15 January 1941 at West Tanfield, Lt-Col. Arthur Denis Bryant (1908-94), elder son of Maj.

Basil Bryant of Ingram (Northbld), and had issue:
(1) David Michael Arton Bryant (b.

1942) (q.v.);
(2) Penelope Anthea Bryant (b.

1944), born Jul-Sep 1944; married, 9 September 1967, Capt. Henry Royston King, son of Henry Charles Leslie King of Wimbledon (Surrey) and had issue.
She inherited Sleningford Park from her father in 1949 but handed it on to her son in her lifetime.
She was living in 1998. Her husband died 12 April 1994; his will was proved 6 July 1994 (estate not exceeding 125,000).

Bryant, His Honour David Michael Arton (b.

1942) of Sleningford Park. Only son of Lt-Col. Arthur Denis Bryant and his wife Dorothy Alice, daughter of William Denby Arton of Tanfield Lodge and Sleningford Park, born 27 January 1942. Educated at Wellington College, Oriel College, Oxford (BA 1963) and Inner Temple (called to bar 1964).

Barrister-at-law on NE circuit, 1965-89; appointed an Assistant Recorder, 1981, Recorder, 1985, and a County Court judge, 1989, all on the NE circuit; retired 2007; Member of the Parole Board since 2007. He married, Jul-Sep 1969, (Diana) Caroline (b.

1945), daughter of Brig. (William) Charles (Walker) Sloan and had issue:
(1) Edward Denis Charles Bryant (b.

1971) of Sleningford Park, born September 1971; married, Jul-Sep 2001, Rosanna E. Burn and had issue a daughter;
(2) Lucinda Mary Bryant (b.

1973), born Jan-Mar 1973; married, 2002, Hon. Shane Lyle Mackay (b.

1973), third son of Kenneth James William Mackay (1917-94), 3rd Earl of Inchcape and had issue two sons and one daughter;
(3) William Robert Bryant (b.

1982), born Jul-Sep 1982; married, 2010, Louise, eldest daughter of Richard North of Putney (London).
His mother passed Sleningford Park on to him in her lifetime, and he in turn handed it over to his son before 2011.
Now living.


Burke’s Landed Gentry, 1969, pp.

18-19; VCH Yorkshire – North Riding, vol.

1, 1913, pp.

384-89; P. Leach & Sir N.

Pevsner, The buildings of England: Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North, 2009, pp.

608, 629; Who’s Who, 2013, pp.

243, 311;

Location of archives

Arton and Bourne-Arton families: deeds and papers, 13th-20th cents North Yorkshire Record Office, ZBS

Coat of arms

Arton: Or, on a chevron sable, five fleurs-de-lys argent.
Bourne-Arton: Or, on a chevron per pale gules and azure between three lions rampant sable, five fleurs-de-lys argent.

Can you help?

Here are a few notes about information and images which would help to improve the account above. If you can help with any of these or with other additions or corrections, please use the contact form in the sidebar to get in touch.

  • I should be very interested to hear any views on my suggestion that Micklefield House might be an early work of Henry Francis Lockwood. The building is rather in the style of some of his later works but I cannot find that he had any particular connection with Bradford before opening an office there in 1850.
  • I have been unable to find any account of the architectural development of Tanfield Lodge, which is not a listed building.

    If anyone can provide more information about it, I should be very pleased to hear from them.

  • As always, if anyone can supply more or better photographs of the houses described, whether for publication or otherwise, I should be very pleased to receive them.
  • If anyone can supply fuller genealogical details of the children of William Arton (1781-1841), or of recent generations of the family, I should be pleased to incorporate them.

Revision and acknowledgements

This post was first published 23rd October 2015.


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