See two separate articles on Godfrey Valentine Brooke Hine:
EDITH HINE – ART MARRYING ART (Edith Louise Minnie Heath) 1863-1960 and the “VIEW OF LEIGH CHURCH” – painted ca. 1887
Part 1: Edith Hine – Art Marrying Art
There have been several artists who have painted Leigh including C S Meacham, by whom we have a painting of Leigh Church, and A R Quinton. There have also been artists who have lived in Leigh or had connections with Leigh, such as Lawrence Duncan who lived at Park House for a while and was the brother-in-law to Berthia Duncan, wife of Charles Foster Gregory Junior, son of Leigh’s first doctor, also Charles Foster Gregory. Their father, Edward Duncan, was also an artist and figure painter. [There is an engraving by Lawrence Duncan of Leigh Church ca 1868 – see both Park HousePark House and Views of St Mary’s Church]
But we also had another artist who lived in Leigh and also painted Leigh and who also married into an exceptionally artistic family. This was Edith Louise Minnie Heath who married the artist, William Egerton Hine in 1887. The village has in its possession a picture by Edith Hine dated around 1887/88 showing Forge Row and the Church, but more later in Part 2 below.
Edith Louise Minnie Hine was a member of the Heath family who lived at The Cottage (now The Woods) in Leigh from 1879. It is in 1879 when Mrs Heath signed the lease for Leigh Cottage, although her embossed writing paper shows she used the name The Woods. The family were there on and off until at least 1946. Agnes Heath, the mother and a widow, died in 1912; daughter Florence Heath died in 1936 aged 77. In 1939 both Edith Hine, by then a widow, and Maud Heath were living at the Woods and Maud Heath died in Leigh in 1946. How long Edith remained at Leigh after the death of her sister, we do not know, but she died in Hampshire in 1960, her Will left her effects to her son, Alfred Gordon Hine DSO. This contradicts what Lawrence Biddle had written in his book “Leigh in Kent 1550-1900”, page 52, where he said that the last of the three Heath daughters died in 1946.
Edith (Louise Minnie Heath) was born at Leamington as were her two sisters, Maud Agnes and Florence Marion and a brother, Arthur Jones Hodsoll Heath (who died shortly after birth) but she was the only one to marry. Their father was Albert Hodsoll Heath who was born at Blackheath in about 1827, the son of James Hodsoll Gordon Heath and Sarah: James is described as a gentleman in the 1827 baptismal entry for his son, Albert. James Hodsoll Gordon Heath died in 1875, death registered at Tonbridge. In 1851 Albert is still living at Blackheath and is described as an artist, portrait painter, and he is one of many siblings. Their mother, Agnes Mary, was the daughter of Charles and Louisa Ann Richardson (nee Lenox) and was living at Croydon at the time of her marriage in 1857. Agnes herself was born at Hackney in 1826 where the family had previously lived. She was one of five siblings – Georgiana, Louisa Grace, Mary and Charles Lennox Richardson. Before her marriage, in 1851, Agnes Mary Richardson had been working at Tonbridge – at Oakhill where she was a school mistress – her younger sister Mary was a pupil there.
After Albert’s marriage to Agnes Mary Richardson at Croydon on 22 December 1857, when he describes himself as living at Tonbridge (his parents also lived in the Hildenborough area by then), he and his wife moved to Warwickshire, to Leamington Priors where in 1859 Florence is born, followed by Maud in 1861, Arthur in 1862 (died 1862) and Edith baptized in October 1863. In the 1861 census for Leamington, Albert is described as a photographer. He is living with his wife Agnes, his two daughters, Florence and Maud and his sister Rosetta Eliza Heath.
Although Lawrence Biddle in his book “Leigh in Kent 1550-1900” p.52 wrote that Agnes Heath’s one son had died at the early age of 26 and had gone out to the Far East and brought back some valuable china after the loot of Peking in 1900 (does not say when after 1900), this could not have been the case. Agnes’ son (and the only one I have been able to find) Arthur was baptized in April 1862 but died shortly afterwards in April 1862. (In the 1911 census Agnes Mary Heath (84) did not put down the number of children she had had and the number still living, so even here we are unable to determine whether there was, perhaps, another child). However, if she had a son who had been 26 even in 1900, he would have been born ca 1874 – Agnes would have been about 48). But hearsay stories can be misinterpreted and Lawrence Biddle does not say which family member told him this story. Perhaps it was another relation who brought back the china – a nephew or a grandson of Agnes Heath. Edith Heath, who married in 1887, had children, one son who died young aged 25 in 1915 – in the First World War – Godfrey Hine. Her other sons lived on to an old age. Godfrey might have gone out to Peking and brought back some valuable china – but not in 1900 – perhaps later, but there are no passenger or passport records available on-line at least to verify this. He died aged 25 – so the nearest relation I have yet found to the story of ‘dying at 26’. Another option could have been one of Agnes’ nephews, but her nephew, Charles Lennox Ridgeway, one that appears easily in the records, became a vicar; he was born in 1872 and died in 1957. There were other relatives in the extended family of Agnes Heath but, on searching the records, most seem to have lived beyond age 26. To determine which might have gone out to China and when is almost impossible looking solely at on-line records. Therefore, the story has some truth, the family apparently displayed the china at The Woods, but we do not know which relation brought it back or exactly when.
Not long after the birth of his daughter, Edith, Albert Hodsoll Heath died – on 26 December 1863 at Leamington Priors. His Will is proved there in February 1864, effects to his widow. There is an Albert H Heath buried at Hildenborough St John’s[i] and, assuming it is the same person, this indicates that his wife brought his body back to be buried at Hildenborough, although his death was registered in Warwickshire. (His own parents were then living in Hildenborough also, so perhaps another reason for his burial there.)
In 1871 Agnes is living in Tonbridge with her children. She is living with her mother, Louise Richardson (née Lenox)[ii], who is now a widow. Agnes’ father, Charles, had died at Croydon in 1861. Whether Agnes moved there to be with her mother, or whether her mother moved there to be with Agnes, we do not know. But the 1871 census gives Louisa Richardson as the head of household, rather than Agnes. The three daughters are described as Louisa’s grandchildren.
Louisa Richardson died in Tonbridge in 1876 which possibly prompted the moved from Tonbridge to Leigh for Agnes. As previously stated they moved to the Cottage (now the Woods) in 1879. In the 1881 census, however, only Florence now aged 22 and Maud aged 20, with two staff are there. Agnes appears to be at Brighton, described as a lodger, living on ‘dividends’ with Thomas Lacey and Elizabeth, plus Agnes Lennox aged 35 born at Tottenham and Rose Lennox aged 59 born in Truro. Research has shown the connection to these two Lennox women and can be seen on the Family Tree on our website. The connection to Thomas Lacey and Elizabeth, however, has not been determined: it could be purely coincidence or perhaps even they are distant relations. Edith Louisa M Heath herself has been hard to find in the 1881 census – she may have been away at school – there is a E. Heath at a Fulham school in 1881, but says born St John’s Wood – yet Agnes Mary herself went to a school in Kensington, Fulham in 1841. But it could just be illegibility of the records or poor transcription being the reason she cannot be found.
In 1891, Agnes is living at Leigh, along with Florence and Maud, and a nephew Charles Ridgway (son of her sister Mary Harris Richardson and William Ridgeway) and the grandson, Godfrey V B Hine, aged 4 months, born at Reigate in Surrey. Edith had married William Egerton Hine (1851-1926) on 1 October 1887 at Leigh. She was his second wife. His previous marriage had been to Lilian Croft (daughter of Robert Charles Croft, a doctor of Medicine) in 1882 at St Pancras and they had a son, Frank Croft Kingsley Hine, born at Ripley in August 1883. However, Lilian died the following year and her death is registered at Carnarvon in 1884.
When Edith married William Egerton Hine, she became the stepmother to his first child as well as having children of her own. There were four further children, Alfred Gordon, Godfrey, Marjorie and Cecily – although in the 1911 census William wrote that he was the father of six children, five surviving. In 1891 Godfrey is with his grandmother, Agnes, and aunts at Leigh and Edith is at Reigate with her husband and other children. She is 27 and described as an artist, painter – pastels and sculptress. William is 39, an artist, teacher of drawing and painting in a school. Frank C Kingsley Hine is now 7; and their new son, Alfred Gordon Hine, aged 2, is with them. In 1901 Edith was staying with her mother at The Cottage in Leigh: her two sisters are there, still single, and two of her children, Marjorie A Hine, born Harrow and aged 4; and Cecily Lennox Hine, born Harrow aged 4 months. There are domestic staff at Leigh also, including a ‘monthly nurse’ perhaps to help Agnes and a child’s nurse to help with the little ones. Meanwhile in 1901 William Hine is living at Westcott, Harrow – with two of his boys Alfred, aged 12, and Godfrey aged 10, plus two staff. By now, William Egerton Hine is teaching at Harrow School where, according to peasant-arts.blogspot.com[iii] under Hine Family Artists, he worked from 1892-1922 and he also taught Cecil Beaton. There is a picture attributed to Cecil Beaton of William Hine at the National Portrait Gallery.
In 1911, Edith is back at Harrow on the Hill with her husband, with Godfrey, now 20, Majorie, 14 and Cecily, 10. Kingsley and Gordon would be 27 and 22 respectively and are no longer at home.
Agnes Heath died in 1912 and her Will divided her estate of £6309.14 between her daughter, Florence Marion Heath and son-in-law, William Egerton Hine. Maud and Florence continued to live, single ladies, at The Cottage (The Woods). Florence painted and Maud taught woodcarving in the village, one of her pupils being Isaac Ingram (who made the carved frame surrounding the pastel of the Church and Forge Row which prompted this article) and one of the hymn boards for the Church.[iv] Florence died in 1936 and Maud in 1946. According to Betty Crawford[v] the two Miss Heaths were always trying to keep people busy and were great characters, elderly but sweet. They had a car and a chauffeur – unusual then; according to Doreen Passingham Miss Heath – does not say which one – at ‘The Woods’, even until she died, wore Edwardian style clothes and had a parasol. The Miss Heaths had organized various classes for the ‘working man’ in the village – perhaps influenced by the Peasant Arts Society, a movement based at Haslemere which ran from ca 1894 until the early1930s[vi] and which had been supported by their sister-in-law, Maude Egerton King (née Hine) and her husband Joseph King (see www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk).
William and Edith’s son, Godfrey Valentine Brooke Hine, was also an artist: in the 1911 census he was described as an art student and, therefore, followed in the footsteps of his very artistic ancestry. For the artistic side came not only from his mother’s side, but also his father was an artist and his grandfather on the Hine side, Henry George Hine. In addition, many of William Egerton Hine’s siblings were artists or artistic – see below. On leaving school Godfrey went on to study art – the art of stain glass painting under Archibald Keightley Nicholson who had established himself as a maker of ecclesiastical stained glass and worked within the Arts and Craft tradition which used handicraft methods of production rather than the division of labour methods employed by the more commercial firms supplying stained glass.[vii]
The window in the north transept of Leigh Church was installed in memory of Agnes Maria (Mary) Heath – Godfrey’s grandmother who had died in 1912. The figures are of St John and St James – copied from those in Winchester College Chapel. Godfrey, at that time employed in the studio of Archibald Nicholson, carried out the work in memory of his grandparents and used the Winchester window as his model but inserted the family coat of arms at the foot. The window shows the Heath coat of arms “a chevron sable between three moorcocks on an ermine ground” surmounted by the Heath crest of a tower argent flambant proper and the motto ‘hanc fenestram donum dedit Agnes Maria Heath in deo laudem.[viii] However, he did not sign the work and his technique is not yet as refined as that of his mentor.
But Godfrey was also interested in military affairs and as early as 1908 had joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps as a Private and when war broke out, he enlisted. He was eventually gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in the Irish Guards in May 1915. One of his new colleagues would be John Kipling, son of Rudyard Kipling: they would both die at the Battle of Loos, Kipling 9 days before Godfrey, who was himself killed in action on 6 October 1915, aged just 25: he is buried at Vermelles British Cemetery. Godfrey’s cousin – first cousin, once removed in fact – see Heath family tree -, Lt. Col. Maurice Gordon Heath of the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, also died at Loos, but on 25 October 1915 and he is commemorated on the Loos memorial. Godfrey was not to be commemorated on the Leigh War Memorial but his family employed Archibald Nicholson to design the stained glass commemorative window in the Leigh church – the Hine window.[ix] . Both the Sevenoaks Chronicle and the Kent & Sussex Courier of 9 April 1920 report the dedication and unveiling of the Memorial Window in Leigh Church on Saturday 3 April 1920.[x]
After Florence’s death in 1936, Maud continued to live at the Woods; in 1939 her sister, Edith Hine, by now a widow, William having died in 1926 at Haslemere, is there with her. When Maud died in 1946 her funeral was attended by Mrs Hine and Captain G Hine and a Mrs Heath and Major H Heath. (Mrs Hine was possibly Captain Hine’s wife, but could have been Edith Hine and also I have not yet been able to ascertain who Major H Heath was: he might have been Walter Hodsoll G Heath, first cousin once removed, but his rank was only ever a Lieutenant in RAF). Maud’s estate was passed to Lloyds Bank to deal with finding beneficiaries to her estate, so Edith must have moved away by then. She died in Hampshire in 1960. Her Will left her estate of £5405 to her son Alfred Gordon Hine DSO.
The Heath family were considerably well-off. Many family members left sizeable estates in their Wills: Rosetta Eliza Heath and Flora Staniforth Heath (sisters of Albert Hodsoll Heath) both died spinsters and both left their estates to Charles Herbert Philpott and Olive Mary Heath (daughter of Walter Brougham Heath, the brother of Albert Hodsoll Heath). I mention Philpott because the name comes up again – Emma Caroline Heath, wife of Walter Brougham Heath, shared her home with a Mary Ann Philpote in 1911, her sister: so perhaps Charles Herbert Philpott is another relative of the family, a nephew to Rosetta and Flora.
What has not yet been mentioned in any detail is the other side of the family – the marriage of Edith to William Egerton Hine. Edith and her siblings were artistic, Edith’s father was described as an artist, and when she married she married into art in a considerable way. The family of William Egerton Hine was famous in its time. His father, Henry George Hine (1811-1895), had been a well-known landscape artist who had exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1830 and whose paintings come on to the market still today[xi]. In fact, the Hine family were artists through and through. William’s mother, Mary Anne Eliza Egerton was also described as an artist and the Egerton name is handed down to many of their children, sons and daughters alike. Henry George Hine came from Brighton, but most of the children were baptized at St Pancras in London and the family lived mostly at St Pancras.
From the census, civil registration, baptismal entries, the family between 1841 and 1867 appear to have had 15 children: 11 at least survived to adulthood. Of the Hine children, the following were described at some point as artists:
Mary Esther Hine (1841-1872) of portraits, figure painter, art mistress
Henry William Hine (1845-1942) artist, landscape painter: married Victoria Susanna Colkett (artist) daughter of Samuel David Colkett, artist.
William Egerton Hine (1851-1926) landscape artist and art teacher at Harrow (taught Cecil Beaton) m. Edith Heath, artist and sculptress
Ethel M Egerton Hine b. 1864 artist, married 1887 Godfrey Blount, artist
Maude Egerton Hine (1867 – 1927 Haslemere) artist, also writer: married Joseph KING (1860-1943) (writer, peasant arts movement, handicrafts)
Two other children were also connected to art:
Frederick James Egerton Hine (1849- ) described as a dealer in art
Gertrude M Hine (1854- ) described as a musician
William Egerton Hine would die at Haslemere on 14 February 1926 and was buried at St Bartholomew, Haslemere on 17 February 1926. His sister Maude Egerton King died at Haslemere in 1927. Their presence at Haslemere led to the connection with the Peasant Arts Society mentioned above which came to be based at Haslemere and continues in some way via the Haslemere Educational Museum (www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk). In William’s Will he left his effects to Harry Sutton Palmer artist and Alfred Gordon Hine, commander RN, his son: effects £519 2s 9d. His wife is not mentioned but perhaps she had already been provided for.
To see some of the many of the paintings of the Hine family you can look on the internet, as they have been sold over the years and appear on various art-related websites.
Part 2: The View of Leigh Church
The village has been given a painting by Edith Hine (née Heath), daughter of Mrs Agnes Heath, who lived at The Woods. Edith Hine is described as an artist and sculptress in the censuses. The picture is a pastel painted ca 1887/88 of the church viewed probably from near the vicarage which also shows the vestry cottages and the three individual buildings which would have made up Forge Row and at the very end of the picture, quite indistinct, the Forge. This is the only picture we have of this area of the village before Samuel Hope Morley pulled down Forge Row and replaced it with the current cottages of Forge Square and South View. South View was built in 1890 and Forge Square a little before that – Lawrence Biddle in his book says about 1885 – but this picture actually pin points the date more closely, for Edith only married William Egerton Hine on 1 October 1887 and the picture is signed Edith HINE. There is a copy of this picture on the Leigh Historical Society website and the original is in the Genner Room of the Church.
On the back of the picture is a slip of paper which reads “Frame carved by Isaac Ingram in 1882. He was taught carpentry and woodwork by Miss Maud Heath of The Woods. The painting is by her sister Mrs Edith Hine. Lent by his grand-daughter Mrs D Dale, Barnett Road, Leigh.” However, although the frame may have been carved in 1882, the pastel itself could not have been painted before 1887 for reasons stated above.
We have more information ascertained from the 1871 census and from the 1870 Hall Place Sales Particulars on the three cottages of Forge Row shown in the picture which housed several households. The cottages formed part of Lot 5 and are described as no. 54, no. 55 and no. 56 on the map of the Sales Particulars. They are not the vestry cottages which belonged to the Church not to the Hall Place estate. The cottages are described as being situated on the south side of Leigh parish church, by the side of the road facing the Green.
Firstly, No. 54 on the plan – a pair of cottage dwellings, under one roof, built of brick, timber and slate, 9 rooms, with garden. Lived in by Richard Tidy, 5 rooms, 10 perch. And George Sales, 4 rooms and gardens 20 perch.
Secondly, No. 55 on the plan – a detached cottage dwelling, situate close thereto, brick, timber and tile, 5 rooms with garden, lived in by William Shoebridge.
Thirdly No. 56 on the plan – is a single building – one roof brick and tile, with good gardens, situate adjoining the preceding and which is divided into four cottage dwellings. The four lettings are to: George Simmons, 4 rooms; Thomas Batchelor 5 rooms; John Turner 3 rooms; Mrs Rye and J Rye 3 rooms.
These cottages at the time were known as the Row or Great Boydens which according to Lawrence Biddle consisted of one block of three cottages and two semi-detached cottages – this doesn’t quite tally with what we have above – which describe three buildings, one being a pair of cottages, one a single detached cottage, and one divided into four homes – designed to house seven ‘households’.
When we look at the 1871 census, the numbers given relate to the number of the schedule rather than buildings but we can link the Sales Particulars and the 1871 census.
1871 Census 1870 Sales Particulars
Nos. 7-9 Charity Cottages N/A
Nos. 10 & 11 Forge Row (2 households)
Edwin Fowler Eliza Borrow No. 54 housing:
(in one of the semi-detached cottages) Richard Tidy
No. 12 George Sales, blacksmith AND George Sales
(in second of the semi-detached cottages)
13-14: Wm Shoebridge Farm Labourer & Henry No 55 housing Wm Shoebridge
Lester (detached cottage – two households)
15 Forge Row G Simmons (like for like) No.56 housing: Simmons
16 Forge Row Th Batchelor Batchelor
17 Forge Row J Turner Turner
18 Forge Row Eliza Rye Rye
Next comes the Smithy which in 1871 was a working forge only; Forge Cottage which is next to it was not yet built in 1871.
In the 1881 census, at Forge Row there are the four cottages under one roof which were lived in by Messrs. Shoebridge, Turner, Passingham, Henry Day (i.e. no.56 in the Sales Particulars), but the two buildings which would have been No. 54 a pair of cottages under one roof and No. 55 a detached cottage are not easy to identify. George Sales might have lived in one but he also might have lived in what is now Forge Cottage. One of the two buildings might have been what is called in the census ‘Cottage Home’, with matron Mary Root and six other residents which was a possible convalescent home created by Samuel Morley to house his London workers while they convalesced, using an existing cottage (or perhaps two cottages) but this ‘Cottage Home’ is not listed consecutively with Forge Row in the 1881 census. The census seems to jump from one end of the village to the other and then back again.
What is clear, however, is that Forge Row consisted of 7 households and when Forge Square was built to replace these cottages by the son, Samuel Hope Morley, he created cottages to house 7 households – nos. 1-5 Forge Square and the maisonette of 6 and 7 Forge Square – as well as a dedicated convalescent home (as opposed to using an existing cottage as in 1881). It 1891 it was again called Cottage Home, but today we know it as South View.
Joyce Field (Sept 2017)
Lawrence Biddle “Leigh in Kent 1550-1900”
Haslemere Peasant Artists
Article on Lieut. Godfrey Hine by Prof. Michael Durey
Dictionary of National Biography
[i] At www.findagrave.com for Hildenborough, Albert Hodsoll Heath’s gravestone is listed and the photograph of the gravestone shows a death date of Dec 26 1863.
[ii] In the records – although spellings of names can and do vary – the family surname of ‘Lenox’ appears to have been changed to ‘Lennox’ with the descendants of Louisa Ann Lenox.
[iii] There is a website called the “Haslemere Peasant Artists” The website and peasant-arts.blogspot.com gives further information on the various Hine family artist and states that William Egerton Hine bequeathed Longdene Copse to the movement (having not seen a copy of the Will, I cannot verify this). On the blogspot, Edith is mentioned, but erroneously, stating that she was another daughter of Henry G Hine, but although they did have a daughter baptized Edith Egerton Hine on 14 August 1861 at St John Baptist Camden, this baby died on 11 August 1864 at St Pancras. Thus the Edith named on the website has to be William Egerton Hine’s wife, Edith (Nee Heath).
[iv] Ike Ingram was a cricket ball maker most of his life but in his youth he played cricket for Kent, earning money as a player rather than a gentleman. Although he always talked about his prowess, he only played a few times for Kent but it did include playing against WG Grace. Ike died at Oak Cottage in 1944 (age 90). He carved the frame for the pastel by Edith Hine and also craved one of the hymn boards in the church.
[v] See Chris Rowley “We Had Everything . . .” p.274 and p. 286.
[vi] See note iii above
[vii] Notes about Archibald Keightley Nicholson come from an article by Professor Michael Durey and also from Wikipedia. Examples of Nicholson’s works can be found via the internet with their location. At the time of the Hine memorial, Nicholson was working from his studio at 105 Gower Street. During his lifetime he is said to have produced 700 works, not just memorial windows such as ours at Leigh but also works for many cathedrals – for the Lady Chapel of Waltham Abbey Church which has three windows by him – the Edward Elgar Memorial Window at Worcester – and windows at Newcastle, Chester, Lincoln cathedrals among others. The full article by Prof Durey on Godfrey Hine and his involvement in the Great War can be found at: www.greatwarbritishofficers.com/index_htm_files/Hine.Godfrey.pdf.
[viii] Lawrence Biddle ‘Leigh in Kent 1550-1900’ p. 108 refers erroneously to Godfrey Hine being employed by William Nicholson. He also says that the window was in memory of his grandparents – however Albert Hodsoll Heath’s name is not mentioned on the window only Agnes Mary.
[ix] Lawrence Biddle ‘Leigh in Kent 1550-1900’ p.108 again refers to William Nicholson and erroneously credits him with designing the Hine window.
[x] Copy of the article is in the Leigh Archives but can be found on the Findmypast website.
[xi] Henry George Hine: In the Dictionary of National Biography it says he was apprenticed as a draughtsman to Henry Meyer ; practised as a wood engraver at Brighton; on staff of ‘Punch’ 1841-4; contributed to ‘Illustrated London News’ and other publications; exhibited landscapes at the Royal Academy and Suffolk Street Gallery; member of the Institute of Painters in Watercolours 1864