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Aldby Park.

Near Stamford-Bridge, Yorkshire.—Darley.

The mansion of Aldby Park is a fins building in the early Italian style, built in the reign of George the First, after designs by Sir John Vanbrugh, and completed in 1726. The wings were added to by the then proprietor about the year 1855. It stands in a deer park of moderate size, and is very pleasantly situated on the bank of the river Derwent. It has two fronts of the same general appearance, the material being bi’ick with white quoin stones. There are many remarkably fine beech trees in the park, such as Tityrus might have reposed under on a fine summer’s day, besides a great variety of othei’S, such as the chesnut, poplar, sycamore, oak, pine, and elm, the avenue leading to one front of the house being of the last-named, and of ancient growth. There is also another long avenue of fine old wide-spreading beech trees, some of those spoken of above, leading to one of the entrances.

About a couple of miles away, on another side and part of the property, is Buttercrambe Moor, a natural wildness of wood and water, of several hundred acres extent, well known as to botanists and others, and where I have often myself passed a few hours, in days gone by, in looking after natural objects, in the quiet enjoyment of so thoroughly retired a place.

Buttercrambe Bridge crosses the Derwent just below the terraces which fall from the house on that side.

In the female line the family descends from Jane Darley, who became the heiress of the estate on the death of her four brothers, two of whom died bachelors, and the other two were supposed to have been poisoned at Aleppo, in Syria.

In the male line it derives from

Henry Brewster, Esq., who by his marriage with the said heiress became the proprietor. Their son,

Henry Brewster Darley, Esq., of Aldby Park, who took the latter additional surname, married, first, Elizabeth, elder daughter of Sir Charles Anderson, Bart., of Broughton, Lincolnshire, and had a son,

John Darley, who died young.

He married, secondly, a daughter of Henry Wilks, Esq., and their son,

Henry Darley, Esq., of Aldby Park, married Elizabeth, daughter of R. Lewis, Esq., of the county of Glamorgan, and dying in 1810, left

Henry Darley, Esq., of Aldby Park, J.P. and D.L., High Sheriff of Yorkshire, 1827, born August 17th., 1777, married, June 23rd., 1803, Mary Anne, daughter of T. Martin, Esq., of Newington, Surrey, and had issue

  1. Henry Brewster Darley, his heir.
  2. Charles Albert Darley, of Burtonfield, near Stamford-Bridge, J.P., D.L., born June 17th., 1811, married, in August, 1836, Mary Anne, youngest daughter of the Rev. William Nesfield, Rector of Brancepeth, Durham, and had with other children (she died in 1879),

    Charles Albert Darley, J.P.

  3. Alfred Horatio Darley, J. P., born January 23rd., 1813, married Elizabeth, third daughter of Colonel Clervaux Chaytor, of Spennithorne, Yorkshire, and had issue.
  4. Helen Darley, married to Captain George Bridge, of the Third Foot.
  5. Arabella Sophia Darley, married, in 1839, to Christopher Chaytor, Esq., of Spennithorne.

The eldest son,

Henry Brewster Darley, Esq., of Aldby Park, J.P., born November 26th., 1809, married, March 5th., 1832, Harriet Louisa, youngest daughter of Harrington Hudson, Esq., of Bessingby Hall, Yorkshire, by his wife, Lady Anne Townshend, daughter of George, fourth Viscount Townshend, and left, with other issue, an eldest son,

Henry Darley, Esq., of Aldby Park, of the Fifth Dragoon Guards, who married first, in 1863, Charlotte, third daughter of James Atty, Esq., of Rugby, and secondly —she died in 1864—Rosamond, daughter of Sir George (Strickland) Cholmley, Bart., and had, with other children,

Henry Algernon Cholmley Darley, born June 11th., 1870.

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