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THOMAS CLARK HESLINGTON 1824 - 1911

BACHELOR BALL RIPON 1862
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T C HESLINGTON WAS A STEWARD

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OBITUARY - RIPON GAZETTE 3rd March 1911

DEATH OF MR T C HESLINGTON

 

The death of Mr Thomas Clarke Heslington occurred on Friday morning at Low Skellgate, Ripon, at the advanced age of 87 years. He had for a long time been in delicate health, and as each winter came round bronchitis kept him indoors, and of late even in fine summer weather he had to exercise great care. He has been a familiar figure in Ripon for more than half a century. He was born at Marton-le-Moor. His father resided there and also built Warlaby Lodge, near Northallerton, keeping up both houses. Mr Richard Heslington, elder brother of Mr T C Heslington, on coming of age went to live at Warlaby Lodge, and when he died it came into the latter's possession, and has been retained by him ever since. By his death it passes to his grand-nephew, who is in Florida. Mr T C Heslington never lived at Warlaby, and it is now in the occupation of Mr Richard Booth, who, however, sublets the house. On leaving Marton-le-Moor Mr T C Heslington took the High Common Farm, where he lived for some years. Agriculture did not, however, prove a congenial occupation, and after a few years Mr Heslington came to live in quiet retirement at Ripon, where he has since remained, devoting himself to scientific pursuits, local archaeology being a fascinating study for some years. He was one of the curators of the Ripon Museum and a former member of the Scientific Society, having written on the history of "Ripon Spurs," and also an account of the researches and discoveries of Roman remains at Castle dykes, near Ripon, where, along with the late Rev. W. C.  Lukis, he carried on work between the years 1865 and 1874. Mr Heslington wrote on "Roman Camps in the neighbourhood of Ripon," the Rev. W. C. Lukis contributing a paper on the same subject to the Archaeological Institute. Roman remains of various kinds found at Castle Dykes were removed to the Ripon Museum. Mr Heslington was an expert connoisseur in old china. He was formerly a member of the De Grey and Ripon Lodge of Freemasons, and was secretary in 1863, when the Provincial Grand Lodge of West Yorkshire met at Fountains Abbey. He was for many years a member of the Ripon Mechanical Institute. He took a great interest in botany, and was considered an excellent field botanist. In early life he came under the influences of Darwin and Huxley, and closely followed their writings. He was never married, the grand-nephew to whom his property goes being his nearest relative.

 

The interment was at the Ripon Cemetery on Monday afternoon, when amongst those present were Mr. T. Clarke (North Stainley), Mr. W. E. Clarke (Ripon), and Mr J Heslington (Littlethorpe), cousins of the deceased: Dr. W. D. Jefferson, Mr T. Laycock (Harrogate), Mr. Boynton (Bridlington), Mr. W. Harrison, J.P., Mr. C. Wells, Mr. F. W. Tappin, Mr. T. Pratt, M.R.C.V.S., Mr. H. Bulmer Rudd, Mr. S. Harrison, Mr. R. J. Smithson, Mr. J. Jackson, Mr. W. Hemsworth. The Rev. E. W. Rowland (Cathedral succentor) officiated.

 

Mr. J. Lowley was the undertaker, the coffin being of oak with brass furniture.

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