1043. Lewis FORTESCUE29 was born on 2 April 1846 in Old Manor House, Barnack, Cambridge. He was baptized on 2 August 1847 in Thurning Church, Hunts.105 He appeared in the census in 1881 in Manor House, Main St, Barnack, Cambridge. Address changed to Cambridgeshire after realignment
Lewis FORTESCUE M 31 M Thurning, Huntingdon Head
Lewis started farming at Barnwell, but when he saw that wheat was becoming less profitable, moved into Barley, first at Glebe Farm, Elton (no longer exists), and subsequently moved to Manor Farm Barnack.
Cecil Lewis says that Lewis was at one time farming both sheep and barley on three farms, one at Elton and two at Barnack. The old Manor House at Barnack was at some point let to tenants, and Cecil Lewis records that they carelessly allowed it to be burnt down in 1902, and, when he was writing in 1946, it had still not been rebuilt.
This suggests that they moved to a new house, possibly the Grange, between 1884, when WJ was born in the Old Manor, and 1902 when the Old Manor was tenanted, and burnt down.
A deed of partition dated 1920 between Cecil Lewis and William John mentions "a freehold messuage known as "The Grange" Barnack in the county of Northampton and 18 acres of pasture land and 11 acres 3 roods 4 poles of arable land adjoining sold to Mrs Lavinia Harris."
My aunt once told me that she believed that Lavinia Harris was a distant relation: Laura Dawson's mother was nee Harris.
An Oct 1915 application for an Estate Duty certificate for the deceased Lewis Fortescue of Bromsgrove includes in a schedule of real property: "Residence, The Grange, Barnack and 1acre garden now unoccupied (rent asked £45), valued at £930."
Various documents also show that when Lewis retired from farming in 1905 and moved to Bromsgrove, his elder brother James moved into the house in Barnack until he died in 1910. This no doubt explains the Gravestone. A list of James' outstanding debts at his death (tiny compared to his assets) shows rent due to Lewis for the Grange
Tom Fortescue 2005
Photos, supplied by Roy Beck the current owner, are of The Grange, Barnack which Lewis built in 1902 and a view of Barnack church taken from the House DE 2005
Lewis FORTESCUE and Laura DAWSON were married in 1879 in Barnack, Cambridge.29 Laura DAWSON was born about 1859 in Essendine, Rutland.80 She died in 1918.80 Eldest daughter of Dawson of Kilthorpe Grange, Ketton
Lewis FORTESCUE and Laura DAWSON had the following children: