Researching People and Places around London.
While researching about London and its environs over the past few weeks, I’ve stumbled across the histories of some fascinating people and places, like the ones from Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons.
These villages, situated by the River Thames to the south-west of London, have a rich history going back thousands of years.
John Cam Hobhouse Date: 1786 – 1869
Friend of Byron
John Cam Hobhouse ( Hobby) was a friend of Byron and is one of the famous people who lived at Twickenham.
Hope you enjoy the histories I’m going to share with you.
Visits Whitton Park with Byron
Byron’s lifelong friend from Cambridge days, Hobhouse was known as “Hobby”. His father Sir Benjamin Hobhouse, Whig M.P. for Bristol, leased one of the Whitton properties of George Gostling for twenty one years from 1809, calling it Whitton Park to distinguish it from Gostling’s Whitton Place.
Hobhouse lived at Whitton while correcting the proofs of Don Juan for Byron, by then in permanent exile. As Byron’s executor he was there again in the summer of 1824, sorting through correspondence.
A further, more distant link with Byron is provided by the residence in Twickenham of Amelia Marianne Leigh (1817-1876), daughter of the poet’s half-sister Augusta. Amelia is recorded as living at 1 Osborne Villas, London Road in 1865, at 7 (now 13) Apsley Villas, Twickenham Green the following year, and at 15 Chepstow Terrace, Queens Road by 1874. From here her funeral departed in January 1876.
Inherits Whitton Park
John inherited the lease on the house on his father’s death in 1831 but seems never to have lived in it, renting Archdeacon Cambridge’s house in 1832 and occupying a villa at Twickenham near the Thames in 1833.
In his diary for May 24th 1836 he wrote: “Went to Whitton. Desolate and melancholy in the extreme. A thousand recollections crowded over me. I go there no more!”