The History of 9 Lewes Crescent

1 Cornelius Paine

2 Sir Geral Thesiger

1 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

2 Sir Gerald Thesiger MBE

Sir Gerald Thesiger MBE
Gerald and his wife
Gerald and his wife

The Hon. Sir Gerald Alfred Thesiger MBE was born on Christmas Day, 25/12/1902 in Holyport, Berkshire and died on the 16th April 1981.

Sir Gerald was a judge of the High Court of England and Wales of the Queen’s Bench Division between 1958 and 1978.

He was the son of Major-General George Handcock Thesiger and his mother was Frances Fremantle, daughter of General Fitzroy William Fremantle.

He was educated at Gresham’s School, Holt, Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1922 until 1925 and the Inner Temple.

His grandfather was Lt.-General the Hon. Charles Wemyss Thesiger, a younger son of a Lord Chancellor Frederic Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford.

The British general Frederic Thesiger, 2nd Baron Chelmsford, and the judge Alfred Henry Thesiger (one of the youngest Lords Justices of Appeal in history) were his great-uncles.

In 1926, he was called to the Bar as a Barrister. He was appointed Recorder of Rye in 1937.

During WW2, he was commissioned as a Major in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, and was appointed Recorder of Hastings in 1942.

He entered local government in London, initially as a member of Fulham Borough Council from 1934 to 1937 and then of Chelsea Borough Council from 1937 to 1958.

He was Mayor of Chelsea from 1944 to 1946. He took silk as a King’s Counsel in 1948 and was appointed Recorder of Southend on Sea in 1952.

He became a Bencher of the Inner Temple in 1956 and served as a High Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division between 1958 and 1978.

He was the judge in the famous ABC trial, an Official Secrets Act case in 1978.

On 28 July 1932, Thesiger married Marjorie Ellen Guille, daughter of Raymond Guille of Long Island, New York and they had three daughters, Oonah Caroline Thesiger (born 1936), Virginia Mary (born 1941 and died 1972), and Juliet Elizabeth (born 1943).

He was a Member of the Order of the British Empire (1946), Knighted in 1958 and was President of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences.

He published The Judge and the Expert Witness in Medicine,Science and the Law, 1975, volume 15.

Vanessa Minns Sun, Jan 22, 12:58 PM (2 days ago)
Hi Glenys.These are wonderful photographs. They look very elegant people! And such an interesting life, Mayor of Chelsea, no less! I will get them into the hous

Glenys Horton

Sun, Jan 22, 1:12 PM (2 days ago)

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