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Stephen LOWDELL (1791 - 1865)
Trader, Owner of a Stone Quarry and Farmer
Elizabeth GRANTHAM Jane VERRALL Stephen LOWDELL Henry Douglas LOWDELL Elizabeth Finch LOWDELL Joseph Coventry LOWDELL George LOWDELL Stephen LOWDELL Elizabeth FRENCH Ann MORCOM Thomas MORCOM Ann COVENTRY Sarah Wakeling LANGRIDGE Thomas LANGRIDGE Mary NEWBEE
Stephen LOWDELL
Stephen LOWDELL
b. 10 Apr 1791 at London, Middlesex, England
m. (1) 29 Mar 1819 Elizabeth GRANTHAM (1792 - 1830) at St. Giles, Cripplegate
m. (2) 1838 Jane VERRALL (1797 - 1880) at Lewes, Sussex
d. 05 Mar 1865 at Cuckfield, Sussex, England aged 73
Events in Stephen LOWDELL (1791 - 1865)'s life
Date Age Event Place Notes Src
10 Apr 1791 Stephen LOWDELL was born London, Middlesex, England 15, 16, 109
10 Apr 1791 Christening St. Saviour, Southwark, Surrey, England 52
1804 13 Winchester College College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, England Left in 1805 9
29 Mar 1819 27 Married Elizabeth GRANTHAM (aged 26) St. Giles, Cripplegate 27, 65
03 Apr 1820 28 Birth of son Stephen LOWDELL Lewes, Sussex, England 13, 15
30 Apr 1820 29 Baptism St Michael, Lewes, Sussex, England 119
1822 31 Birth of son Henry Douglas LOWDELL Lewes, Sussex, England 4, 11, 13, 28
17 Apr 1822 31 Death of mother Sarah Wakeling LANGRIDGE (aged 57)
1824 33 Birth of daughter Elizabeth Finch LOWDELL Lewes, Sussex, England
1825 34 Death of daughter Elizabeth Finch LOWDELL (aged 1)
16 Oct 1825 34 Death of father Joseph Coventry LOWDELL (aged 72) Lewes, Sussex, England
28 Jul 1830 39 Death of wife Elizabeth GRANTHAM (aged 37) Lewes, Sussex, England
1838 47 Married Jane VERRALL (aged 41) Lewes, Sussex 3
1841 50 Clayhill Ringmer, Sussex, England 15
1841 50 Trader Ringmer, Sussex, England
1851 60 Beadles Hall Lindfield, Sussex, England 16
1851 60 Farmer of 100 acres Lindfield, Sussex, England
17 Jun 1862 71 Dissolution of Partnership - Ironmongery business Lewes, Sussex, England Note 1 17
05 Mar 1865 73 Stephen LOWDELL died Cuckfield, Sussex, England Bedales, Lindfield, Sussex
07 Apr 1865 73 Will Note 2 74
Note 1: Joseph Cooper of Lewes, ironmonger, with Martin Langridge of Lewes, ironmonger
Recites that the partnership of Stephen Lowdell, JC and ML has been dissolved, but JC and ML are to remain partners for 10 years
The business is sited at 61 High Street, Lewes
Endorsed: agreement between JC and ML for continuance of partnership until 1883; 3 Jan 1875
Note 2: Proved by the oath of Reverend Frederic Willet of Wolverhampton in teh County of Stafford Clerk Alfred Willet of 32 Bloomsbury Square in teh County of Middlesex Surgeon and John Plumer of Horsham in teh Countty of Sussex Auctioneer the Executors. effexts under £10000
Personal Notes:
From the Diaries of Frederic Willett
Added by tskhan on 28 Jul 2007

1860-1865 Wells & Wolverhampton: Most of February 1865 I spent at Bedles (Beadales), nursing Uncle (Stephen) Lowdell. Uncle Lowdell was a gentleman by birth and education; he was a Wykemist and proud of his School; he was intended for the Law, but fate ruled otherwise; his father placed him in an iron business in Lewes; though cultured and refined he did not shirk business. He married a Miss Grantham and had two sons. His wife was killed by an accident on the road to Clay Hill. He afterwards married Aunt Jane (Verrall), and with her a fortune. . . . So years passed; in 1864 I went from Wolverhampton for my usual visit; one evening Uncle Lowdell said, 'You ought to know that your Aunt and I have always intended Bedles to come to you.' I was taken aback! and remonstrated, mentioning his sons. 'Oh, they have had all that they ought to have; I have paid their debts many times; they have broken my heart.' ... In February 1865 he was very ill and sent for me. I arrived and Uncle Lowdell said 'I shall not recover: he gave me directions as to his burial and then said 'Go to my solicitor at Lewes, Mr. Currey, and ask him to come at once.' I told him what had transpired and urged him to speak for the sons. After his interview with Uncle Lowdell, Mr. Currey said he had said all he could; but the mention of their names made Uncle Lowdell turn pale and say 'they have broken my heart.' So Uncle Lowdell's will was made and he died in my arms on March 5th. I consulted Mr. Currey and as a result I undertook if I survived Aunt Jane, to settle 10,000 pounds, possibly Lowdell money, on the children of S. and H.D. Lowdell. I did survive Aunt Jane and carried out my undetaking; and had much ingratitude and trouble in consequence!”

Stephen Lowdell acquiring Cudwells farmhouse
Added by tskhan on 4 Apr 2007

At the junction of the Haywards Heath, Cuckfield and Lewes road is the Bedales estate and this will hold us up for some time with local history. In old documents Bedales was named Bedles Hill. Some old maps give the spelling Beadles Hill. The old house was built in 1577, and -owned by a family named Barham. About 1832 the property, including Cudwells (old time spelling Cuddles) farmhouse and some 600 acres of land, was acquired by the late Mr. Stephen Lowdell, a member of a very old Hampshire family, who married as his second wife Miss Jane Verrall, of Southover Manor, Lewes. After their death the property passed to the Rev. Frederic Willett. A., nephew of Mrs. Lowdell. Mr. and Mrs. Lowdell lived in the original house for some time and planted the well-known yew hedge, a feature of the roadside. Mr. Lowdell obtained the consent of the authorities of those times to divert the public high road, which then passed close to the house, to land which he gave in exchange. He pulled down the old house and built the present house in 1847. A part of the original house, the cellars, brewhouse, bakehouse, laundry, c, were retained, and the old gallery, a striking feature of the Bedales mansion, was put back into the present house. All ciie stone used in the building came from Mr. Lowdell's own quarry at Scaynes .hill.
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Bedales House
Added by tskhan on 25 Apr 2007
From Joan Willett's diary: Jane Lowdell nee Verrall built Bedales on the site of an old house, leaving parts which used to be the house of the Berham family (Ingoldsby Legends]. She left the property to Rev. Frederic Willett, her nephew who made it over to his son F. Wilfred B. Willett, DSO, Col. Royal Sussex Regiment. Jane Lowdell was a second wife and is supposed to haunt Bedales. The house is, on good authority, said to be haunted by an old woman and also a small child. "Bedales", Lindfield, Sussex is listed for sale in "Country Life" - March 14, 1952 by Wilson & Co., London, as follows (includes pictures): Charming stone-built house dating from the 16th century. Set within superbly timbered gardens, park and woodlands. Lounge hall, 4 reception rooms, 13 bed and dressing rooms, 5 bathrooms. Main services. Central heating. Oil-fired boilers. Garages for 6 cars. 2 entrance lodges. Fine modern cottage. Swimming pool. Hard tennis court. Productive kitchen garden. Small home farm with useful farm buildings. For sale with 45 acres. Vacant possession.
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Name: Stephen Lowdell
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Residence Place: Lindfield, Sussex, England
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Name: Stephen Lowdell
Birth Date: abt 1786
Birth Place: London, Middlesex, England
Residence Date: 1851
Residence Place: Lindfield, Sussex, England
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Birth Date: abt 1786
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Residence Place: Lindfield, Sussex, England
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