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John Dick's Daughter

So often local history is a journey back in time. You start with a known fact, and this leads you to a line of enquiry which takes you back on the next step. And so, one step at a time you go further and further until no matter which way you turn you meet a dead end. My search for the story of Palmerston Villa has taken me back to John Dick who was born in 1742. In 1780, at the age of 36, he married Mary Sayer (then 32). They had five daughters and two sons, but only the eldest daughter figures in our story. 

Map_of_Palmerston_propertiesElizabeth, the eldest surviving child would inherit her father’s property. The map  shows that property coloured pale yellow. It is based on the Tithe Map of 1840, but only shows the houses in existence in the late 18th century, just before Palmerston Villa was built. The northernmost property is a farmhouse and outbuildings. The farmhouse, built in the sixteenth century, is now called Oak Cottage. Most of the farm buildings have been demolished, but the ones fronting the road remain, and have been converted into two single storey cottages. The Three Horseshoes was first licensed in 1735, but the weatherboarded extension was added later. Next comes the pair of cottages which were later converted to the Village Bakery. The one house on the opposite side of the road was replaced in the middle of the next century by the terrace which we see today. What is now Yeoman’s Cottage stood alone, and will feature again later. Monk’s Hall is more enigmatic. Although the deeds go back to 1636 the whole style of the building suggests early nineteenth or at best late eighteenth century. The remaining two dwellings are the Manor House and Brewery farmhouse. It is interesting to note that all of those buildings, apart from the cottage opposite John Dick’s land, survive to this day.

Elizabeth Dick married John Tipper of Northbourne in 1807. Their daughter, Elizabeth Ann, was born yeomans_date_21809. The Dick–Tipper relationship is clearly established from parish records. Elizabeth Tipper certainly owned the property shown on the map in 1838. The alley shown on the map appears on old maps and documents as ‘Dick’s Alley’, so it must reflect ownership by John Dick before Elizabeth. John Dick died in 1831. His wife had died nine years earlier. Certainly Elizabeth was a widow by 1838. She probably moved in with her father when her mother died. Since she had no more children after the birth of her daughter it is probable that she was a widow by then. A search in the Northbourne Parish records might clarify this point.

Yeoman’s Cottage was built in 1757 according to a plaque set into the wall. I would like to think that John Dick lived in Yeoman’s Cottage (incidentally a quite recent name) and built Palmerston Villa when he married Mary. The house, or at least half of it is certainly late eighteenth century. John Dick was seventeen when Yeoman’s Cottage was built. If the second initial on the plaque was ‘D’ it would suggest a link between John and the builder of the cottage. Perhaps there is a link through marriage with ‘R.E.’. A search through the parish records might uncover someone with those initials, and possibly a link with the Dick family.



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0 #1 J.P. Hollingsworth 2013-01-24 13:17
Interested to read about the Paramors. Can there be any connection made between them and the Paramors who owned a brewery in Margate in 1880s?
Best wishes,
Jean
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0 #2 Jim 2013-01-24 14:22
Not that I am aware of. It would be interesting to try to trace all the strands of the Paramor family. I believe they originated from Huguenot refugees who settled in East Kent in the 17th century. There have been Paramor(e)s in Great Mongeham since the early eighteenth century, not to mention all the other Paramor(e)s in East Kent.
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0 #3 Grant 2013-10-08 04:53
Most interesting to only just discover my Grand Father Archer owned that historical property for just a little while and hence contributed to a tiny part of its history; not a Paramor though(!). But he decided to make a life for himself in Australia after that.
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