A mystery solved
I have been haunted for 20 years by two nice sketches by Clarence Bicknell of Much Hadham, a quiet village in Hertfordshire, northeast of London and now under the departing flight path of Stansted airport.
One sketch is of the windmill at Much Hadham (right) and the other of The Palace at Much Hadham, the latter titled by Clarence in a hand-styled font, a cross between 12th century medieval and contemporary arts-and-crafts (below). Both are dated 1889; he visited Much Hadham in July of that year.
But we never knew, until today, why Clarence went there.
He had moved to Bordighera ten years earlier, so this trip was not a casual one, not just touristic. He would have had an objective.
Thanks to the keen interest of a present inhabitant of Much Hadham, and a regular follower of Clarence Bicknell’s Facebook page, we have the answer. Much Hadham was the home of Ada Berry née Bicknell (1831-1911), Clarence's favorite sibling, 11 years his elder. He visited her in London and Kent throughout his life.
Our Much Hadham source also made the link with Ada’s son Grosvenor Berry who lived and farmed there for there for 65 years.
You can read the whole article and see photos of Grosvenor Bicknell and Much Hadham... download the ten page pdf here
With thanks to our source of information in Much Hadham who choses to remain under the radar.
By Marcus Bicknell, November 2019. Copyright © 2019 Marcus Bicknell