Paget Family – Ashford Black Marble Socle
February 22, 2012 5 Comments
Back in March 2011 we put out an appeal for help in identifying an Ashford Black Marble socle that we bought at auction in 2009. We wanted to know more about the piece and in particular the shield and silhouette. Many people came forward with ideas, so thank you very much.
Maxwell Craven pointed us in the direction of the Paget family and in particular Canon Thomas Bradley Paget (1812 – 1893). He identified the wording on the shield as reading ‘Deo Pagit’ and not as we’d thought, ‘Deo Pacet’.
Canon Thomas Paget was a parish vicar at Welton in Yorkshire for 47 years and a chaplain to the Archbishop of York. I got in touch with the Borthwick Institute for Archives at York University which holds the ecclesiastical records for the Minster. Amongst their Faculty collection for 1893 they found a permission to erect a memorial tablet to Canon Thomas Bradley Paget in the chancel of Welton Church.
I contacted Welton Parish Council and Jill Gill and Robin Peacock very kindly photographed the tablet for me and hey presto, it is the same outstretched arm holding the scroll. We can now be pretty certain that our mystery silhouette is linked to the Paget family, but is it Canon Thomas Bradley Paget?
Cheffins auction house sold a watercolour by Sophie Paget titled ‘Portrait of the Reverend Thomas Bradley Paget, MA, and W H Broadley Esq, going Fishing from Welton House’ in 2010. Is there are likeness between our silhouette and either men?
Paget’s half brother Franceys Bradley Paget (c.1820 – 1855) lived and was buried in Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire. I feel that he must be involved somewhere as it seems too much of a coincidence that he lived in the same village as where the Ashford Black Marble was mined. Franceys died aged only 35, so could this have been a memorial to him?
Tracking down the individual Paget family member is probably going to prove impossible, but at least we now know something about our socle. For those who relish a challenge and believe nothing is impossible, let us know if you find out anything more!