Walter Liberty Vernon (1846-1914)

From Historical Hastings


Vernon was an architect, born in High Wycombe, he arrived in Hastings around 1871[1], following his marriage to Margaret Ann Jones. He formed a partnership, Moran and Vernon[2], which would appear to have traded from 69 Warrior Square[3].


He and his wife had their first daughter, Margaret at Quarry Crescent on September the 10th 1871[4]. By December of 1872[5], he was the hon. secretary of the Hastings and St Leonards Historical and Philosophical Society, becoming a vice-president by 1880[6]. Associated with this, he was one of the petitioners for the formation of a museum in the town[7] and was known as a keen supporter of the temperance movement[8].

By 1881, he was residing at Clytha House[9], listed as being number 5 of a row of houses adjoining Gensing Gardens, London Road (possibly Clyde Road), he was listed as having two daughters and a son. He was one of a number of subscribers who petitioned the Mayor for the formation of a Municipal School of Art. By 1882, he and his family had moved to The Hurst where another son was born in the same year.

Vernon was also active in the political sphere, being a staunch Liberal and sitting as a councillor for the St Mary Magdalen ward[10].

Children


Children of: Short name: Walter Liberty Vernon

and Joined with-g1: Margaret Ann Jones (1848-1919)

Name Birth Death Joined with
Margaret E. Vernon (1872-1946)

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Olive Maud Vernon (1874-1925)

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Hugh Venables Vernon(1877–1935)

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Geoffrey Hampden Vernon (1882-1946)

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Before he emigrated to Australia in September of 1883[10][11], he designed a number of prominent buildings around the town, and was instrumental in placing the White Rock Bandstand; his last project in the town was to secure the purchase by John Reeves of twenty acres of land at Bulverhythe for housing - the land having sufficient space for 500 houses[12] - from the Papilon family[10]. Whilst in Sydney, he took command of the Sydney Lancers, and returned with his troops in 1897 to take part in the Jubilee procession in London on the 22nd of June of that year[13]

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Notes[edit]

There is a single reference to Vernon at Trinity Street.

References & Notes

  1. UK Census return 1871
  2. a b British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 8 January 1870 Pg. 0003
  3. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 8 January 1870 Pg. 0003
  4. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 16 September 1871 Pg. 0002
  5. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 14 December 1872 Pg. 0002
  6. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 30 October 1880 Pg. 0005
  7. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 3 May 1890 Pg. 0005
  8. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 3 January 1880 Pg. 0003
  9. 1881 Census
  10. a b c British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 15 September 1883 Pg. 0006
  11. New South Wales Government Gazette 1892
  12. 1850-1899 – The Hastings Chronicle, accessdate: 20 December 2020
  13. British Newspaper Archive Hastings & St. Leonards Observer 12 June 1897 Pg. 0005
  14. East Sussex County Council Archive The Keep DH/C/6/1/1903
  15. East Sussex County Council Archive The Keep DH/C/6/1/2022
  16. East Sussex County Council Archive The Keep DH/C/6/1/1901