Thursday, 28 July 2016

'Mrs Hurst Dancing and Other Scenes From Regency Life 1812-1823'

By Rosemary Jewers


'Mrs Hurst Dancing and Other Scenes From Regency Life 1812-1823', is a book based on delightful paintings by Diana Sperling. The paintings were produced from her sketchbook. Henry Grace Sperling who married Mary the daughter of Joseph Wilson is shown in one of the paintings. Diana and her family lived at Dynes Hall, near Halstead in Essex. Although the book was printed in 1981, I managed to buy a second-hand copy.

The Sperlings and Wilsons were related to the Breretons by marriage. Joseph Wilson and Mary Maitland of Hibury Hill, Middlesex had two daughters, Mary and Frances. Mary married Henry Grace Sperling and Frances married Rev. Charles David Brereton of Little Massingham, Norfolk.

Henry Grace Sperling and Mary Wilson had a son, Henry Grace Wilson Sperling who married his cousin Anna Margaretta Brereton, daughter of Charles and Frances Brereton.

Notes: Charles David Brereton was born at Brinton, Norfolk. He was the son of John Brereton and Anna Margaretta Lloyd.

Quilts named Brinton Hall

By Rosemary Jewers 2016

A short while ago I discovered that a magazine, 'Quiltmania' had published a quilt design called 'Brinton Hall'. I emailed one of the quilt makers who had been inspired by the publication to make her own. I asked why the quilt design had been called 'Brinton Hall'. She told me that it was based on Anna Margaretta Brereton's, world famous bed hangings. These bed hangings had been made at Anna Margaretta's home at Brinton Hall, Norfolk over 200 years ago. I understand that many needlework enthusiasts are making their own versions of their 'Brinton Hall' quilts.