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Book Reviews

 

Blundell is a very well known name in Horley and has been for several centuries, so it is always of great interest to find those who can add to the knowledge of this family. Dorothea Teague, a family descendent, has produced a 222 page book called "Shadrach Blundell", his family and property 1580 to modern times, 2nd edition, published by Synjon Books, price £12. It clearly shows how the Surrey Blundells are related to those in other counties, including, Sussex, Kent, Essex and Suffolk.

The Horley connection with the family is covered in some detail from 1713 and describes their connection with properties such as Cinderfields, Horley Mill, Old Mill House, Hutchins and Benhams besides family names including Flint and Maple. All these names are either still known today or frequently referred to. One very interesting passage deals with the 1812 inventory (list of goods and chattels left on the death of John Blundell) and the other details the efforts Richard Blundell made in attempting to regain in Chancery the family estates from the Hughes side of the family. This continued in almost a re-run of "Bleak House" for over half a century.

A copy is now held by the History Society and one will it is hoped shortly be held by Horley library.

This book is available for £12 from: Synjon Books, 5 Homestead View, The Street, BORDEN Sittingbourn, Kent, ME9 3JQ

http://www.synjonbooks.co.uk/publications/shadrach blundell.html

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