Arms For The Last Goodricke at Ribston  Sir Harry James Goodricke















  Sir Henry Goodricke 6th Bart father of                           Sir Harry James Goodricke

 Sir Harry James Goodricke 7th Bart                                    7th Bart 1833

           Picture about 1780                                                                                












Sir Harry James Goodrick seventh Baronet, was born in N. Earl Street, Dublin, 16th September, 1797 He was baptized at the Parish Church of St. Thomas, Dublin, 23rd October, 1797 and this baptism was publicly declared and confirmed in the Chapel at Ribston Yorkshire, 30th July, 1798 in the presence of Sir Henry Goodricke his father, his mother Lady Charlotte Goodricke (*formally Fortescue of Ravensdale Park Ireland) and the Rev. Henry Goodricke, then Vicar of Hunsingore. He inherited an estate, which, at the time, was spoken of and acknowledged to be one of the finest in the northern counties. Ribston, the home of his ancestors for three hundred years, was full, too, of memories teeming with interest for the possessor of such a patrimony.

Sir Harry, however, appears to have thought lightly of these things his father's early death no doubt tending to dull the effect, that his family history and traditions would otherwise have made on his mind. He was a sportsman of note interested as many at that time with a more than ample bank balance in racing hunting and the prize ring I quote a pace taken from Norfolk and Norwich Notes and Queries June 21, 1902 as can be seen he was in good company “Norfolk patrons of pugilism - In looking over some old records of the prize ring, many well-known Norfolk names were active supporters.



There was Sir Charles Brown, of Clenchwarton, who smuggled Jack Teasdale down from London, disguised as his groom, and matched him under the name of Johnson, against Joe Cox, the Norwich blacksmith. Another West Norfolk sportsman was Mr Goold, the horse-dealer of Swaffham, backer of Peter Warren, who fought Cox at Elsing in 1828. A large interest from the Swaffham area in that contest Mr Morse, the brewer; Mr Claxton, the coachbuilder; Mr W Rix, corn merchant; Edward Seppings, auctioneer, and others, all put their money on Warren.

Among those who constantly drove over to Swaffham during the training of the pugilist were Sir Henry Bedingfield, of Oxburgh Hall, "in his stylish curricle"; Andrew Fountaine, from Narford Hall, "famous for its art treasures", collected by the ancestor of the present owner, who had been Chamberlain to Caroline, Queen of George IV and bosom friend of Pope; young Jephson, from Cressingham Manor House, "in his dashing tandem;" Sir Harry Goodricke of  (Holyoak, Goodricke, and Co, bankers, Wolverhampton) "with his team of roans", from Clermont Lodge; Sir Richard Sutton, "in his well-known mail phaeton and greys", from Lynford-hall; Sir W Brown ffolkes, of Hillington Hall, "always mounted on his wonderful cob, whom he had christened Belcher, after the illustrious James of that ilk, and which carried 18 stone without an effort"; Edmund Elsden, "of timber-dealing fame", and jolly Jem Allsebrook, the tanner, who drove over together in the spicy yellow gig of the former.

Cox, the Norwich man, had an equally distinguished following. "Young Mr Gurney, son of the great banker of Earlham Hall, used to drive William out every morning in his dogcart to take his breathers on the country roads"; Major Cubitt, of the Upper Close; Edward Lubbock, of Bethel Street; Capt Maingaye, RN (Mingay); Mr Chettleburgh, Mr W Durrant, Capt Banks, of Thorpe; Bartholomew Earl, and Mr Upcroft, the auctioneer, were all good supporters of the man.

In addition to those above-named, there were at the fight Major Case, of Testerton Hall, "with his florid face and silvery hair, the picture of a fine old English gentleman"; the Hon W R Rous, of Worstead, elder brother of the Admiral, then commanding the Rainbow frigate in the East Indies"; Lord Charles Townshend of Rainham, "the renowned cocker"; Lord Walsingham, of Merton Hall; Mr Wyrley-Birch, of Wretham Hall, "famous for his breed of setters", who drove over "in his tandem-cart, with Mr Bingham Waring, MP, beside him". From the same neighbourhood came "an immensely stout gentleman, weighing upwards of 23 stone, whose neatly dressed figure and shrewd good-humoured face were well known to everyone" - Thomas Thornhill, of Riddlesworth, owner of three Derby winners, Emilius, Sam, and Sailor.

Dereham put in Mr Lee Warner, of Quebec House, and the Hon J G Milles, of Elmham Hall; and “Young Mr Lacon, son of the well-known banker, of Ormesby Hall”, represented Yarmouth. From Norwich and its environs came Sir William Beauchamp Proctor, of Langley Park; Sir Robert Kerrison Harvey, of Thorpe; Lord George Stafford, of Costessey Hall; Sir Hanson Berney, of Kirby Hall, "whose hair had grown white in a single night from fright at the apparition of his murdered brother"; and Col Wodehouse, of Witton Hall.”



















Harry Goodricke`s chief pleasure was hunting, his time, during the season, being entirely devoted to its pursuit; and being possessed of an ample fortune he was able to indulge his taste in this direction to the fullest extent. He funded such as the Quorn entirely. Dieing after catching sever cold otter hunting on his estates in Ireland He died, unmarried, at Ravensdale Park, co. Louth, 21st August 1833 leaving his entire fortune to his acquaintance Francis Holyoake. His remains were brought over and interred in the Goodricke vault at Hunsingore Church near Ribston Yorkshire.

Clermont Lodge and the Church of St Andrew Little Cressingham.

Not all of the Clermont estate escaped unscathed by Harry’s Will Clermont Lodge, Cressingham, Co, Norfolk was eventually sold by Holyoake I have included an account of the History of this very interesting property for the following reasons Clermont Lodge is in its self and its history a most interesting and fascinating property it came under the Goodricke influence when Henry Goodricke 6th Bart married Charlotte Fortescue doughter of James Fortescue of Ravensdale Park, Ireland on November 30, 1796. Henry having a strong sporting interest used the hunting lodge to entertain his numerous sporting acquaintances. Harry was born on September 26, 1797 and followed in his late fathers foot steps I will add more to this in a moment, other than to say that strangely enough Holyoake is buried at Little Cressingham Church of St Andrew under his assumed name by Harry’s Will and I record the following notes taken at the Church of St Andrew Lt Cressingham.



















Little Cressingham Church of St Andrew by Frederick H Sutton C1860.

The floor slab of Sir F. Goodrick Bart, 1847, was moved from the ruins after the storm damage as can be seen by the way it is now set across the church North South and not East to West.

The arms in the East window of the South aisle are those of: -


Sir Francis Littleton Holyoake Goodricke, a Baronet. Now greatly confused with the Goodrick family Francis Holyoke took the additional (Goodrick) name so that he could succeed to the family fortune By the will of Sir Harry James Goodricke, 7th Bart, of Ribston Hall, Yorkshire, Holyoak inherited the estates, and assumed the surname of Goodricke, in the early eighteen-thirties.

Sir Francis Littleton Holyoke Goodrick, died, in 1847, he was succeeded by his eldest son. Sir Harry Holyoake Goodricke, Bart, major 90th light Infantry; Crimean medal and clasp, Turkish medal, and Indian Mutiny medal, and two clasps born 7th May, 1836; who died in Oct. 1883. (more of this family later)    


A classical wall tablet of fine white Marble on the South wall of the Church is to Viscount Clermont Earl of Clermont, Dromisken and Ravensdale, Co. Louth Ireland. The Motto, Forte scutum salus ducum. (A strong shield is the salvation of leaders). The founder of the family, Sir Richard Le Forte, protected William the Conqueror at Hastings, by bearing a shield before him, from which event the French word “escue” was added to the original word of “Forte;” and to the same circumstance the motto refers.

The shield on this tablet indicates that this is the Lord Clermont branch of the Fortescue family descended from the second son. Inscription reads In this place Lieth The body of William Henry Fortescue Viscount Clermont Earl of Clermont Ireland Who departed this life on the XXIX (29th) day of September MDCCCVI (1806) in the LXXXV (85)Year of his age This monument is erected in obedience to his will by his Executor William Charles Fortescue now Viscount Clermont who was in Ireland at the time of his decease.


Fortescue (Viscount Clermont) of Dromisken and Ravensdale, co. Louth Ireland.


Arms. Azure a bend engrailed argent cotised Or with a crescent for difference in the sinister chief (for William Henry Fortescue 1722-1806, 1st Baron Clermont) (Ireland) with a shield of pretence Azure, three mullets Argent, within a double tressure flory-counter-flory Or. (for Frances Cairnes, daughter and coheir of Col, John Murray).


Supporters. Two moor deer Proper, attired Or, gorged with a collar of trefoils Vert.


Crest. On a wreath of the colours a heraldic tiger supporting with his forepaw a plain shield Argent.


Motto, Forte scutum salus ducum.

































(And now onto Clermont Lodge.)









Built in the 1770s for the Earl of Clermont as a shooting box and extended by William Pilkington for his nephew in 1812, Clermont Lodge, near the village of little Cressingham, was derelict and threatened by demolition when Mr. Philip Jones bought it in 1973 and restored it.

 Trim white stucco Regency villa is an unexpected sight in Norfolk, a county where flint and red brick predominate, superseded by white brick in the 19th century. Yet Clermont Lodge’s unlikely appearance is a direct result of its location on the edge of Breckland, an area of sandy heaths and generally poor farmland that in terms of Georgian land improvement represented frontier territory. Then resent house was built by outsiders, apparently designed in two stages by London architects for successive metropolitan patrons, whose Irish estates were their main bases and support, and whose interest in Norfolk lay, chiefly in its sporting potential.

Things had seemed very different early in the 18th century, when the local family of Knopwood was successfully building up a moderate estate in the area. Robert Knop­wood farmed 120 acres, two miles south in the heart of Breckland. He died in 1723 and his son, also Robert, rose to become High Sheriff in 1751, the year before his death. He acquired land northwards, buy­ing the Threxton estate in 1724 for £3,200, and then its neighbour, Little Cressingham. The third Robert Knopwood, who suc­ceeded in 1752, died 20 years later leaving the estate heavily mortgaged to the tune of £8,200, principally on account of agricul­tural improvements. The mortgages were called in and Robert’s widow put the estate up for sale, but not without difficulty. When a neighbour considered buying Cressing­ham, or which the Knopwood trustees were seeking about £8,500, he was advised that there would be little return for the money needed to rebuild the farm and barns as “they are now in a sad ragged condition”.

This presented no problem for the actual purchaser, Lord Clermont, who was mainly interested in the shooting. It was also only 25 miles from his beloved Newmarket. Clermont, born William Henry Fortescue, was the leading sporting figure of the day and an Irish political personality of some influence, largely due to the dazzling mar­riage he had made in 1752 to Frances Murray heiress to vast Co. Monaghan estates. Already in control of one Irish parl­iamentary seat in Co. Louth on the basis of his father’s estates, Fortescue thus gained two more. An MP from 1745, almost invar­iably of the government’s party, he was ap­pointed to the Irish Privy Council in 1755; secured the sinecure of Postmaster-Gener­al for Ireland (worth £1,000 a year) in 1763; and was elevated to the peerage in 1770.

From then on he spent most of his time in England or France, where he formed an unlikely friendship with the French king and queen. Horace Walpole, who had little time for Clermont or his wife, writes of how they were superlatively inflated at the odours which flowed on them” at the French court. In England, the raffish circle that surrounded the Prince of Wales took up Clermont. Sir Nathaniel Wraxall in his Post­humous Memoirs had “scarcely ever known a man more fitted for a companion of Kings and Queens than was Lord Clermont”.

It is as a gamester, great shot and man of the Turf that Clermont is most memorable and attractive. He was prepared to bet on al­most anything, as Brooks’s betting book at­tests. He once shot 50 brace of woodcock in a day and also cut a prominent figure at Newmarket. By the 1780s, Clermont’s stud was one of the most successful in the country. In 1785, he won the Derby with Aimwell and from 1794 was acknowledged as father of the Turf.

At Little Cressingham, Clermont regul­arly entertained the Prince of Wales; for his own enjoyment and for entertaining such guests, he built a shooting box, styled Cler­mont Lodge. Extending 88ft 9in by 33ft 6in and with ground-floor room’s 15ft 6in high, over a sunken basement, it was of tuck-pointed red brick (as became apparent in the recent restoration). Partial accounts for 1777-78 show that the roof tiles were bought second-hand from Oxburgh Hall, where Sir Richard Bedingfeld had started demolition of the hall range in 1775. The accounts fol­lowed the death in September 1777 of Robert Freegard, the builder, in the middle of the contract. Samuel Burcham, surveyor, on behalf of Freegard’s executors, measured the work done thus far and W. Hay for Lord Clermont measured further work, restarting in October. Nearly 160,000 bricks were delivered on site and 10,000 carted away, presumably from the demolished former farmhouse.


















The new lodge’s basically rectangular plan was enlivened by a canted bay pro­jecting from the two longer fronts: that on the north comparatively shallow and of full height; the opposing one on the south front deeper, but of one storey only, capped by a cornice and balustrade. With an enfilade of doors running from end to end of the house on the south side and a very deep saloon allowing only a shallow hall in the canted entrance bay this ground-floor plan was similar to that at Deepdene, in Surrey, built from l769 to 1775.

William Grove of Piccadilly designed Deepdene, but at Clermont the subsequent employment of William Pilk­ington may point to the identity of its origi­nal architect. Pilkington was a pupil and assistant of Sir Robert Taylor, and on his death he succeeded to many of his appoint­ments (including surveyor to the Earl of Radnor, the Duke of Grafton and the Foundling Hospital in London) and after­wards worked or a number of his private clients. Hallmarks of Taylor’s style found at Clermont include the provision of service rooms in the basement, lit and kept dry by a narrow trench encircling the building, and a combination of full-height and single storey canted bays. Although the tucking of the staircase into the northeast angle (rather than its being placed centrally) might seem unlikely for Taylor, the stair at Mount Clare, Surrey (1770-73), is sited similarly.

There is no documentary evidence of Clermont employing Taylor, but there are circumstantial links between them. In the 1770s Taylor was engaged for the Duke of Grafton’s development of 14 houses in Grafton Street, and it was to Grafton as Prime Minister that Fortescue applied for his peerage, contravening established form by going over the head of the viceroy in Ireland. In addition, Lady Clermont was a friend of Mrs. Howe, who not only lived (from1771) in one of Taylor’s Grafton Street houses but also managed the work by Taylor in 1772 at Spencer House and Althorp for Lady Spencer, who stayed with the Clermont’s in Norfolk in 1786 and 1797.

Being childless, Lord Clermont was anxious to secure the continuance of his title. In the trafficking in honours over the Irish general election of 1776, he became a Viscount and Baron with special remainder to his broth­er’s male heirs. The following year he was created Earl of Clermont, but with no spe­cial remainder, so that his nephew suc­ceeded as 2nd Viscount Clermont in 1806.

It was the new viscount who called in William Pilkington to extend and remodel the house in 1812. He added the stucco covering and replaced the pantiles with slate. A signed “plan of the New Addi­tion at Clermont’, now in the Norfolk Rec­ord Office, confirms that Pilkington added the two pavilion ends to the house. These provided a large dining room with kitchen below and a morning room, besides extra bedrooms. The Venetian win­dows (with a glazed over-arch) to the south aspect of these rooms are a development of his master’s ideas, but here lightened by the omission of an entablature over the sidelights. An academic touch is found in the use of the Delos order for the columns of the curious segmental-shaped Tuscan portico.

On Viscount Clermont’s death in 1829, his title became extinct and the estate, along with the Irish estates, passed to his nephew Sir Harry Goodricke, 7th Bart, of Ribston, York­shire (I will deal with Harry in more detail in a separate document). Goodricke died young in 1833, and while the Irish estates reverted to Fortescue cousins, his English properties were left to his sporting companion of the hunting field, Sir Francis Holyoake; Bt. Clermont was soon for sale. Holyoake withdrew from negotiations with the 5th Lord Walsingham at £60,000 in 1845 on suspicion of Goodricke’s mother’s imminent demise, later selling the estate (no longer encumbered by her life interest) in 1858 to the 2nd Duke of Wellington for £87,000.

The shooting presumably attracted the duke, MP for Nor­wich from 1837 to 1852, he also bought the neighbouring estate of Hilborough. He subsequent­ly sold them both in 1863 to John Remington Mills, a brewer, whose family held Clermont until 1933. The next owner, Reginald Foster, a tea planter, greatly extend­ed the service quarters to the north-east, introduced a good deal of decoration in fibrous plasterwork and pushed the main bedroom out over the drawing room bay on the south front. His widow sold in 1963 to Sir Richard Prince-Smith, Bart, who was unable to live in the house due to family circumstances, Instead, Clermont, was let to a boys’ school, for which a number of utilitarian alterations were carried out. The school’s sudden departure in 1970 was followed by a period of neglect. Rapidly clogged parapet gutters led to galloping dry rot that was so bad by mid-1972 that a plan was considered to have the army from the neighbouring military training area dynamite the house.

This was prevented by the intervention of Mrs. Charlie Mills. The house was listed and put to auction in 1973, with 20 acres. With no supporting estate, Clermont seemed doomed. The house was derelict, in part open from cellar to roof Space, and many of the fittings had been removed with the fortuitous exception of most of the chimneypieces. Despite this, Mr. Philip Jones, a painter who trained at the Slade under William Coldstream, bought it. Dur­ing his restoration he later extensions were removed, returning the house to the ap­pearance of Pilkington’s villa, although the south front still sports a hill-height canted bay. Because of rot, all the plaster and door surrounds had to be stripped out, although the original doors were salvaged and, in the dining room, Pilkington’s cornice survives. The arched openings from hall to north corridor were reduced down to door-cases to conserve heat.  The one chimneypiece that was lost (in the dining room) has been replaced by a Soanian one from nearby Letton Hall.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones’s courageous restoration over the past 30 years has, for the first time in its history, rend­ered the house the principal residence of the family that owns it. Acting as his own decorator, and using his own paintings, notably in the drawing room, Mr. Jones has created a classic country-house inter­ior that belies Clermont’s chequered past.



 Notes taken from an article in Country Life 1993 with an Acknowledgment and thanks to Dr Antony Malcolmson and Mr & Mrs Philip Jones Edited by Michael B Goodrick 2003.


Back to Sir Harry James Goodricke 7th Bart of Ribston Hall. The following obituary notices I copied from the Gentleman's Magazine, for 1833, Vol 103, and part ll. page 368.

"Aug. 22. At Ravensdale Park, Co. Louth, in his 36th year. Sir Harry James Goodricke, the seventh Baronet, of Ribston Hall, Yorkshire (1641).

"This wealthy Nimrod was born September 26th 1797, the only son of Sir Henry, the sixth Baronet, by Charlotte, second daughter of the Right Hon. James Fortescue, of Ravensdale Park. Co. Louth. He succeeded to the Baronetcy when only in the fifth year of his age, on the death of his father, March 23rd 1802, and was educated at Rugby. The death of his maternal uncle William-Charles, second and last Viscount Clermont, in March 1829 left him possessed of very large estates in Ireland; and the aggregate of his income is said to have amounted to £40,000. plus per annum. He served the office of Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1831.


"Sir Harry Goodricke had been known in Leicestershire for the last ten years as a leading member of the Quorn Hunt, of which he became Master on the retirement of Lord Southampton two years ago. He kept the whole of the establishment at his own expense, and resided during the winter season, in conjunction with Lords Gardiner and Rokeby, and L. Gilmore, Esq., in a spacious house at Melton Mowbray. At Thrussington, about seven miles from that town, he only in his last year completed a fine range of stabling, kennels, etc.; and his stud usually averaged between fifty and sixty of the finest horses. At the period of his death seventy-five capital hunters were in his stables, ready to commence the next season with renewed vigour and spirit. In the voluntary duties which he had assumed, Sir Harry Goodricke was exceedingly popular, and his courtesy, hospitality and attention was as fully in evidence towards the neighbouring farmers as to the opulent and tided members of the Hunt.


His life was finally sacrificed to his ardour in all the pursuits of the sportsman. He had experienced an attack of influenza, from which he had scarcely recovered, when he sailed in his yacht to visit his Irish estates. He was their superintending considerable improvement, and when indulging in his Favourite sport, otter hunting, caught a severe

 cold, which proved fatal in forty-eight hours.








































He had promised to join a numerous circle of noblemen and gentlemen in the Highlands during the present shooting season. Many of them had already arrived at his shooting-box, Marr Lodge, Braemar on the river Dee Aberdeenshire which he recently purchased of the Earl of Fife, and" the feelings of the guests may be better conceived than described, on the intelligence of the premature demise of their hospitable host."

The Goodricke Scottish hunting estate, “the Cairngorms is the feeling of wilderness and isolation, from river and glen to high corrie and mountain top the scale of landscape can be both daunting and spiritually inspiring.”

The present Mar lodge the foundation stone of which was laid by Queen Victoria in 1895 for her granddaughter the Duchess of Fife. The building was restored, having been partially destroyed by fire in 1991, and now provides a range of holiday flats.

In the Middle Ages, the estate was used as a hunting forest by the Earls of Mar, and small farming communities were established in the glens. In the late 1700s the farmers and their


families were cleared from the land, for deer forest when Mar Lodge (above) became a sporting estate. At this time three outlying lodges were built at Derry, Bynack and Geldie. The National Trust for Scotland acquired the estate in 1995. The present estate consists of 72,500 acres and is part of the core area of the Cairngorm Mountains, internationally recognised as the most important nature conservation landscape in the British Isles. The estate contains four of the five highest mountains in Britain: it also includes the upper watershed of the River Dee, a remnant Caledonian pine forest of national importance a prime example of a Highland estate.

The Family Silver

Under Sir Harry's will, dated 25th July, 1833, not only a large personality, but the whole of the Goodricke family estates, were bequeathed to a mere sporting acquaintance, Mr. Francis Littleton Holyoake, who received permission, on the 12th December, 1833, to assume the additional surname and arms of Goodricke, and who was created a Baronet 31st March, 1835. The Louth and Armagh estates, which Sir Harry had enjoyed from his uncle Lord Clermont, passed, as provided, to Thomas Fortescue, Esq., of Dromisken, who, on 11th February, 1852, obtained a revival in his favour of the Barony of Clermont.

Sir Harry left annuities of one thousand pounds each to his mother, Lady Charlotte Goodricke Her will may be seen in the Norfolk Records Office; George Francis Barlow, Esq., of Bryanstone Square, London; and Charles Grantham, Esq., of Ketton Cottage, co. Rutland, The clauses under which Mr. Holyoake succeeded to his estates run as follows: -


The Will.


"I give and bequeath all and singular my manors messages lands tenements hereditaments and premises situate in the County of Norfolk in that part of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain and Ireland called England. Commonly called or known by the name of the Clermont estate (formerly the Estate of the Right Honourable William Charles late Lord Clermont deceased) together with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging and the rents issues and profits thereof and of every part thereof unto my mother Dame Charlotte Goodricke for and during the term of her natural life to and for her sole use and benefit free and discharged of and from all or any debts legacies charges or encumbrances whatsoever created by this my Will or otherwise Provided always and I hereby declare my will to be that it shall not be lawful for or in the power of the said Dame Charlotte Goodricke to sell assign convey or dispose of or to let set or demise the said Norfolk estate or any part thereof for any estate term or interest whatsoever save and except to Francis Littleton Holyoke hereinafter named his heirs or assigns And from and after the decease of the said Dame Charlotte Goodricke I give and devise my said estate in the County of Norfolk and its appurtenances as aforesaid unto Francis Littleton Holyoake of Studley Castle in the County of Warwick Esquire his heirs and assigns for ever to and for his and their own absolute use behove and benefit:-       

"I give and devise all and singular my said several estates manors messages lands tenements hereditaments and premises situate in the said Counties of York and Leicester, and the said Cities of York and Westminster in that part of the United Kingdom called England and in the Counties of Meath Louth and Monaghan in that part of the United Kingdom called Ireland herein before more particularly mentioned together with all and singular the rights royalties hereditaments and apparatus to the same and every of them belonging and the rents issues and profits thereof and every part thereof (but subject as aforesaid) unto the said Francis Littleton Holyoake Esquire his heirs and assigns to and for his and their own absolute use behove and benefit for ever.


This will was proved in Dublin 26th October 1833 and in London on 27th November following.

Mr. Holyoake now took possession of Ribston, which he let temporarily, and in 1836 entered into negotiations with Mr. George Robins, the well-known estate agent of the day, for its sale, and in September 1836 this property was sold to Joseph Dent, Esq. Mr. Robins stated in a pamphlet which he published in 1840, that he was prohibited by Mr. Holyoake (then Sir Francis Littleton Holyoake-Goodricke) from any public announcement of the intended sale, and not even allowed to mention the name of the property, Sir Francis being desirous that the transfer should take place with as little publicity as possible. The following is a copy of the circular Mr. Robins drew up in September 1836, for distribution among capitalists.


The family Seat


Mr. George Robins has been instructed to offer, by private treaty, to the attention of the monied world, one of the Most Important Landed Investments that has been in the market since the memorable time of 1825 when he had the good fortune to sell the extensive estates of the Earl of Ormonde. In this case it is only intended to give a very faint outline, as the full particulars will be reserved for those only who are disposed to embark in this most favourable opportunity to invest largely and in perfect security.

"The property is situated in the most favoured part of Yorkshire, not far distant from Weatherby and Ferry.  bridge: it embraces a mansion of importance, with extensive grounds in the highest possible order, hot and Succession houses of great extent, and which are at present most respectably but inadequately let with the extensive gardens. The offices of every description are in good keeping with the residence.

"The estate surrounding it, which may be termed a little principality, extends to 4,110 acres of land, in the highest possible state of cultivation, lying entirely within a ring fence, the reduced rental from which is £5860 a year.

"It may be well to observe, and especially to those who have been led to believe that a present rental is not a Criterion always to be relied on, that the whole estate was re-let, and a considerable abatement made, so lately as Lady-day, 1835, at a time, it should be remembered, when agricultural pursuits had put on a most unfavourable and cheerless aspect. The present income is therefore one that must induce a purchaser to rely on a considerable augmentation; and if an additional argument would be needed, it will be found in the short analysis that will presently follow



            Meadow and Pasture Land                  1300   

            Plantations and Woods                        144                             

            Gardens and Pleasure Grounds           16                                           

            Amble Land                                         2650

            Total    .           .           .                       4110                                    



Value of the mansion and grounds, manors and manorial rights. It is nearly exempt from tithe and an unusually low poor rate; there is also a valuable advowson.

"It may be well to observe here, that a deduction for land tax and other matters, will reduce the rental about £200 a year. The clear rental would be nearly £5,000 a year.

 Mr. Robins will be but too happy to confer with those who are seriously disposed to purchase, and he can assure them most confidently that, as it regards the present investment, he can give them the most satisfactory information."

















Ridgeway’s Baronetage of the United Kingdom 1857

131                  Baronetage .



Bart. of RIBSTON HALL, county of York, and STUDLEY CASTLE, county of Warwick; created a Baronet. Born, Nov. 13, 1797. Married, August 2, 1827, Elizabeth-Maria, daughter of George Payne. Esq., and has issue, Harry, born Aug. 7. 1836; and other children.


Sir Francis, by royal sign manual, dated Dec. 12, 1833, took the surname and arms of Goodricke out of respect to the memory of Sir Henry Goodricke, Bart, who left him the Goodricke estates.


Heir-Apparent—His son, Harry. — Creation—Feb. 17, 1835.

—Arms—--See plate 34. (See insert)

"out of respect for the memory of Sir Harry".
Memories of rollicking and disreputable scenes Holyoake doubtless had in abundance, but none of real respect.  At all events Holyoake showed his pretended respect for Sir Harry in a curious way for, instead of taking up his residence at Ribston as might have been expected he immediately let the residence furnished and set about the disposal of it and every Goodricke acre as early as decency would permit.  Ribston was eventually sold in 1836 to Mr. Joseph Dent of Appleby in Lincolnshire for the sum of £180,000.  Mr. George Robins, the agent who carried out the sale was so disgusted with Holyoake for cheating him out of £1,000 of his remuneration that he published in 1840 a fifty page pamphlet describing the whole transaction.



Disjointed Arms in the Stain Glass Window at Little Cressingham Church of St Andrew see notes next page.





































Above The Published Arms Burkes General Armory Third Edition 1844 Goodricke Holyoake.























ARMS. Goodricke Holyoake Creation-31 March 1835.

Arms Quarterly: 1st and 4th, argent. on a fesse, gules. between two lions, passant. guardant, sable. a fleur-de-lis, argent., between two crescents, or, a canton, gules., for difference; 2nd and 3rd, per pale, or and gules., a buck's head, Cabossed, between two crosses-patee, in pale, all counter charged. Crests, 1st, out of a ducal coronet, or, a demi lion, ermines, holding in the paws a battle axe, or, and charged on the shoulder with a cross crosslet, of the last, for difference, 2nd. on a mount, vert, an, oak, fructed, proper, around the lower part of the stem an escroll, thereon a cross-patee, gules, between, the Words “Sacra quereus.”*The Littleton’s of Studley Castle, Co. Warwick, and of Naunton Court, Co. Worcester, was a branch of the stock of Littleton of Frankley. Sir Francis Holyoke Goodrick. Bart family arms an extension of the above inset right can be seen disjointed but quite visible in a stain glass window of Lt Cressingham Church co, Norfolk. (see inset preceding page.)



More about the Holyoake Family Lineage



3 Nov.  1844s, his brother as 3rd Bart. 25 Oct. 1883.



The family HOLYOAKE has for more than two centuries possessed considerable landed property in the Co. Warwick.

John HOLYOAKE, Esq., who resided in the mansion-house of Morton Bagot, and enjoyed estates in that and the adjoining parishes, purchased in 1640, from Sir Robert Shapleigh and Jane, his wife, the manors of Morton Bagot and Nethersteed, together with the advowson and a farm, lie to. And has three sons, namely,


I, John, whose only daughter. and heiress to whom he gave an Estate in Sparnol, called (St. Giles), Elizabeth Holyoake, m. Thomas Berkeley, Esq. of Spetchley, great-grandfather of Robert Berkeley, Esq. of Spetchley.

III. William, three years a student at Balliol College, Oxford, and afterwards, for twelve years resident member of Lincoln's Inn - He d. s. p.

The eldest son, Thomas Holyoake, Esq. of Morton Bagot, as. and had issue,

I. JOHN, mayor of Warwick in 1699, who, m. 1st, Miss Susannah Green, and had two Daughters. Elizabeth, who d. a. p., and,


Susannah, the wife of -Hopkins, Esq. secondly. Elizabeth Hopkins, sister of his daughter husband, but having no issue by her. he granted, in 1706, to her brother, Thomas Hopkins, in fee, the reversion of the manor of Morton Bagot, with advowson and one farm. Accordingly, on the decease of Mr. Holyoake, that part of Morton Bagot devolved upon Mr. Hopkins, and remained Separated from the Holyoake possessions until restored to the family in 1778 by Francis Holyoake, Esq., who purchased It In that year.

II. William, of whom presently. III Thomas, who d.s.p.


The second son,

William Holyoake, Esq., was farther of several children, of whom the eldest.

John HOLYOAKE, Esq., devisee of his great uncles John and William, m 29th Nov. 1720, Elizabeth, Daughter. of Court Dewes, Esq. of Mappleborough, Green, co. Warwick, and had by her (who d in 1774, aged 80) two sons and a Daughter. viz.,

I, THOMAS, his heir.

II. Francis, of Tettenhall, co. Stafford, b. 20 July 1727 m. Elizabeth, Daughter. of Edward Pearson, Esq., and d. without surviving issue, 1 Nov. 1796, when he was s. by his nephew Francis Holyoake Esq.

Esther, who m. twice, and had issue.

Mr. Holyoake d. 24 Feb. l765, aged 75, was buried at Morton Bagot, s. by his elder son,


Thomas Holyoake, Esq., of Morton Bagot, b. 17 March, l726, who m. at Warwick, 13 Aug. 1760, Elizabeth, Daughter. of James Pettipher, of Great Alne, and had issue,

FRANCIS, his heir.

Charlotte, m. the Rev. William Rumney, rector of Swindon, Gloucestershire and d. leaving issue.

Leticia, d. in her infancy.


Mr. Holyoake d. 1 Aug. 1800, and was s. by his son,

Francis Holyoke, Esq., who had, already inherited Tettenhall, Co. Stafford. from his uncle. He was b. 14 March 1766, and m. in 1795, Dorothy - Elizabeth, daughter. Robert Littleton, Esq., and niece and heir of Philip Littleton, Esq. of Studley Castle, by whom he had issue,

Francis Littleton created a Baronet.

Thomas, b.29 June 1800 late Capt. in the 56th regt.

George, of Neachley, co. Salop, JP and DL, b.26 Nov.

1801 m. 29 Oct. 1835, Laura-Millicent, Daughter. of Sir George Pigot, Bart. and has issue,

 George-William Henry. b. 1838;

Francis-Edward, Capt. in the army, b. 1840, m. 1873,

Gertrude, Daughter. of R. Jones, Esq. of Leamington;

Littleton Robert b.1844 and Isabella-Eleanor, m. 1867, to Arthur Pitcher, Esq.

Henry, b.5 July 1804 Capt. in the army d.18 Nov. 1883.

Caroline, d. in 1804.

Frances Elizabeth, m. 1st, to Henry Hordern. Esq. of Dunstall

Hall, co. Stafford; 2ndly, 1846, Marcus William Smith, Esq.

Emma, m. to the Rev. Benjamin-Lucas Cubitt, rector of Catfield, Suffolk, a younger son of the Norfolk family of Cubitt.

The eldest son,

I. Francis-Littleton Holyoak (Goodrick), b.13 Nov. 1797, created a baronet 31 March 1835 and was at one time MP. for Stafford and Staffordshire, m. 2 Aug. 1827, Elizabeth-Martha, Daughter. of George Payne, Esq. of Selby Hall, Northamptonshire, and had issue, d 1847 s. by:-

II. Harry, 2nd Bart. Sir Harry Holyoake Goodricke, Bart, major 90th light Infantry; Crimean medal and clasp, Turkish medal, and Indian Mutiny medal, and two clasps born 7th May, 1836; who died in Oct. 1883. Had issue Francis-Littleton, b. 1838. d. in South America, 3 Jan. 1876 and s. by George Edward

III. George-Edward, 3rd, Bart.

Laura, Caroline, & Lila, m. 20 Sept. 1876. to William-Cavendish-Bentnick Ryan, late Col. Bengal Staff Corps, son of the late Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Ryan.



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SIR, THOMAS GOODRICKE, 8th Bart born, 24th September 1762; who married, Harriet, daughter of Henry Goodricke. Esq, but died 9th March 1839 with out issue allowing the title to become extinct.


We now have followed the history of the Goodricke family at Ribston from about the year 1533 when it was acquired down to the year 1833, when it passed from their hands- a period of just three hundred years It would appear that such an ending to the Yorkshire senior male line as actually occurred in 1833-39 was not wholly unlooked for, but was rather feared, for on reading between the lines of the Will of Sir John, the 5th Baronet below, made in 1788, it is impossible not to perceive the anxiety which the testator felt as to the future of Ribston, and which we can readily realize the aged Baronet's concern when we remember the position of the family at that time. His hopes were centred on his only grandson, Henry (who succeeded him as the 6th Bart) a young man of twenty one, and probably even then exhibiting signs of that eccentricity of character which was so strongly developed as he grew older, and after him, on his nephew Thomas Francis Henry and what might not happen!





















These two young men were the only male members of the Yorkshire senior and immediate line left to perpetuate the title of the family, and their lives, not too full of promise, had yet to be lived.

Sir John took every precaution in his power to ensure the safety of the estates and to keep them together, and what would have been the depth of his disappointment had he been able to look forward to the year 1833 and see every thing derived from his ancestral estate being squandered on horses dogs and sporting interests, all of his most cherished wishes and hopes entirely frustrated, every acre of his land given to a sporting friend, a stranger to the family, and his nephew, certainly wearing his title, but stripped of all its associations and rightful surroundings, an impoverished baronet, lodging with a mean family in a miserable street in London and accepting the despicable pittance of £20 a year from the liberal minded and generous possessor of Ribston F L Holyoake Goodricke.

The senior line of the Ribston or Yorkshire family began to fail, undoubtedly, in the time of Sir John the fifth Baronet, and it must have been with feelings of dismay that this unwelcome fact was pressed upon his notice. In my quest for an accurate account of how Mr Francis Holyoke’s succession to the Goodricke estates in 1833 came about. Rumours of many kind were rife at the time, it was said in many directions that the Will of 1833 was a forgery, also that Sir Harry James had actually lost Ribston to his friend Holyoake on a single bet, and that his Will was made in discharge of this wicked obligation!  Great speculation prevailed in society circles as to reason for such action on Sir Harry's part and the newspapers of the day commented on the affair. One thing is certain, however, Sir Harry's Will, by whomsoever drawn and by whatsoever means executed, (and aspersions in this direction have not been uncommon either) was a complete surprise to his relations and kinsfolk and it caused no little stir and indignation among them. A will almost identical existed do to the assuring of funds for the Holyoak, Goodricke, and Co, bankers, Wolverhampton venture may be this was used, one thing I am sure about if all the legitimate documentation of the time was available one might find the in and out of the whole thing. One could speculate forever and still not get it right but It was well known at the time that Holyoke’s anxiety about the whole affair was very great and that he lived for years in fear of something cropping up or someone disputing the will. What foundations there were for the many unfavourable rumours which were current, and what the reason was for Holyoke’s nervous anxiety were matters best known to him. The methods he adopted for selling Ribston, not allowing the auctioneer and agent even to mention the name of the property so anxious was he "that the transfer should take place with as little publicity as possible,” were, to say the least, very strange.

Time passed, however, and the sale of Ribston to Mr Joseph Dent was duly completed after some delays, nothing adverse to Holyoake, beyond criticism, happened. What financial benefit he derived is not known for sure, as out of the purchase price paid by Mr Dent, Sir Harry’ s debts had been discharged. The acquisition, apparently, did not ultimately result in great advantage to the Holyoke’s or establish them in that permanent position of distinction in the County of York, which had been enjoyed by the Goodricke’s at Ribston for eleven generations for Sir Thomas Francis, Henry succeeded to the title 1833 but none of the estates. The second but last surviving son of Lt Col Thomas Goodricke and Elizabeth, daughter of James Button of Rochester. He died aged 76 on the 9th March 1839, in London, and was buried at Kensal Green, when the Baronetcy was allowed to become extinct; his will dated 8th March 1839 was proved on the 23rd March that same year.


   Arms For Extinct Goodricke Baronetcy & the last Baronet




The Extinct and dormant Baronetcies of England by John Burke & John Bernard Burke            





This family was originally of the county of Somer­set, and thence removed into Lincolnshire, upon the marriage of :-

HENRY GOODRICKE, Esq. third son of Robert Good­ricke, Esq. of Nortingley, with a Lincolnshire heiress, Miss Stickford. In this county the Goodricke`s flourished for six subsequent generations, until -

HENRY GOODRICKE, Esq. (youngest son of William Goodricke, esq. and brother of the Right Rev. Thomas Goodricke, Lord bishop of Ely, and Lord-chancellor of England, temp. EDWARD VI.) Purchased Ribston and other estates, in the county of York, from Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk. Mr. Goodricke m. Mar­garet, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Christopher Lawson, bit. of London, and dying in 1856, was s. by his eldest son,

RICHARD GOODRICKE, Esq. of Ribston, in the county of York, High Sheriff of that shire in 1879, who m. Clare. daughter of Richard Norton, esq. of Norton Conyers, and was s. by his son,

RICHARD GOODRICKE, Esq. high sheriff of Yorkshire in 1591. This gentleman m. Meriol, daughter of Wil­liam, Lord Eure, and dying in 1601, was s. by his son,

SIR JOHN GOODRICKE. Knt. who m. Jane, daughter of Sir John Saville, of Methley, in the county of York, Knt. and was s. at his decease by his son,

I. SIR JOHN GOODRICKE, Knt. of Ribston Hall. This gentleman was a great sufferer during the civil wars, having been confined first at Manchester, and then in the Tower, from whence he was fortunate enough to escape Into France, where he continued to reside until the Restoration. Sir John, who was created a baronet on the 14th August 1641. m, first, Catharine, daughter and heiress of Stephen Norcliffe, esq. by whom he had a son, and, secondly Elizabeth, Viscountesa-dowager Fairfax, by whom he had ano­ther son. He was s. in 1670, by the elder.

II.        THE RIGHT HON. SIR HENRY, lieutenant-general of the Ordnance, who d. without issue, In 1704-5, when the title devolved upon his half-brother,

III.       SIR JOHN, who m. Sarah, daughter of Sir Richard Hopkins, Knt. M.P serjeant at law, and was s. in 1705, by his eldest son,

IV.       SIR HENRY. This gentleman had four sons and four daughters,

JOHN, his heir.


Thomas-Francis, lieutenant colonel in the army, father of a daughter, Harriett, and of a son, Thomas, the last baronet.

Harry, Prebendary of York, m. first, Margaret, daughter of John Taylor, esq. of Beverley, and, secondly, Anne, daughter and heir of Philip Harland, esq. of Sutton Hall, in the county of York, and relict of Charles Hoar, esq. but d. s. p. in 1801.

Elizabeth, d. unmarried, 1761.

Sarah, m. to T. Clough, esq. of Otley.

Jane, m. to the Reverend Francis Wanley, D.D dean of Ripon.

Sir Henry was s. in 1738, by his eldest son,

V.        SIR JOHN, who was sworn of his Majesty’s most honourable Privy Council, and resided at Stockholm, as envoy. Extraordinary from the court of London. Sir John represented Ripon In parliament. He m. in 1731, Mary. natural daughter of Robert Benson, Lord Bing­ley, and had a son,

HENRY, who died v. p. 9th July 1764, leaving issue,

HENRY, successor to his grandfather.

Harriet, m. to her cousin, Sir Thomas Good­ricke, Bart.

Mary, m. to Charles Gregory Fairfax, esq. of Gilling Castle, in the county of York.

Elizabeth, 8th March. 1838.

Sir John d. in 1789, and was s. by his grandson,

VI.       SIR HENRY, who m. Charlotte, second daughter of the Right Hon. James Fortescue, and sister of Viscount Clermont, by whom he left, at his decease, in 1820 an only son,

VII.     SIR HARRY, b. 18th September, 1797; who d. unmarried, 21st August, 1833, and was s. by his cousin,

VIII.    SIR, THOMAS, b. 24th September 1762; who m. Harriet, daughter of Henry Goodricke. Esq. but d. s. p. when the title became EXTINCT.


Areas—Argent. on fesse gules. between two lions passant guardant sable. A fleur-de-lis or, between as many crescents of the field.