The History of 9 Lewes Crescent

Cornelius Paine

A noted bibliophile, a hobby his son, also Cornelius Paine, continued upon his death in 1869. His estate was valued at £140,000. After his son’s death in 1890, an important auction of the rare books they had collected was held attracting international interest from private collectors and public institutions. Father and son were able to indulge their passion for rare books from wealth they too had accumulated as West India merchants. Upon the abolition of slavery they were awarded compensation. In 1836, they received £5,062 for the 323 people enslaved on their Montserrat estates. (See Social Connections on the Estate page for more )

Andrew Doig


Grave stone of William Dunkley Paine son of Cornelius Paine
Grave stone of William Dunkley Paine second son of Cornelius Paine



Gravestone of Eliza Dunkley Paine, wife of William Dunkley Paine
Gravestone of Eliza Dunkley Paine, wife of William Dunkley Paine