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Augusta Saumarez Tawke

(1856-1947), Daughter of Arthur Tawke

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Augusta Saumarez Tawke, by Camille Silvy - NPG Ax58860

Augusta Saumarez Tawke

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 1862-1866
NPG Ax58860


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Paul Taylor

27 July 2017, 18:22

Augusta Saumerez Tawke, daughter of Arthur Tawke and Augusta Mary Tawke. She lived for the early part of her life at the family home The Lawn, Hall Road, Stroud Green Rochford, Essex. Miss Tawke never married, but was for many years considered to be "the lady of the manor" of Hockley, Essex. One of lifes busy people, she was a very keen huntswoman, writing four books on the subject, Hunting Recollections Vols. 1-4. She was very involved with the village of Hockley, being Chairwoman, amongst other things, of the Parish Council, The Public Hall (which she raised funds to build) the tennis club, board of school managers, The Spitfire Fund, The Conservative Association and a local childrens home etc.

She was a Church Warden at the Parish Church, and amongst her other attributes, she carved the WW1 Roll of Honour and the pulpit in the Church. In the early 1900's she moved into Bullwood Hall, Hockley to help to care for the invalid wife of a local landowner, Samuel Sidney Baker. (He had donated the land on which The Public Hall was built).

After his wife died she stayed on at Bullwood Hall until Samuel Baker died, when he left the house to her. Eventually she sold the house and moved to a smaller house close by, The Myrtles, Hockley Road, where she passed away in 1947. After she died she left all of her estate to the only only son of Samuel Baker. Bullwood Hall was bought in the 1950's by HM. Prison Service and a prison was built in the grounds.

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