Blog Rules

Wanstead House and Gardens, the 'English Versailles,' - England's finest Palladian mansion

Oh, grant an honest Fame, or grant me none..

Alexander Pope The Temple of Fame (1715), lines 523-4


All information posted on my blog will be drawn from information gathered from a variety of primary sources.  But in order In to protect the integrity of my ongoing PhD  (and other works in progress )  I will not be footnoting any articles published. However, I am happy to answer questions whenever clarity is required.

For my own part anything based on published works or copyright information/images will always be fully credited.

I would hope that anything taken from my blog will be fully attributed, since recognition (however small) is an important encouragement to any historian!

Finally I believe a project such as this, embracing the rise and fall of Wanstead House as well as the Long-Wellesley family is ALWAYS in need of further information no matter how small in order to help piece together the story as comprehensibly as possible. So, if you come across anything relevant in your own reading or research I would be delighted to hear back from you.

Greg Roberts

28 April 2014

5 thoughts on “Blog Rules

  1. The 1822 auction of the contents of Wanstead House was held by John Robins of Regent Street, not the famous George Robins whose premises were at the Piazza, Covent Garden. You can just see the address on the sales flyer on the webpage.
    I am a descendant of George Robins & have been researching him for several years.

    • Hello Olwyn, and thanks for your message

      Interesting point you make about the address, but I am positive that the auction was held by George Robins. Christie’s Auction House is also certain on this point. George had already acted for Long-Wellesley’s uncle in 1816, when he disposed of his Marquis Richard Wellesley’s Irish Estate. My research shows that George Robins actually lived at Wanstead House for several weeks whilst he composed the famously detailed sale catalogue, which is beautifully written in the style usually attributed to him. Do you know what connection, if any, there is between John Robins and George?

      I expect you know that Thackeray satirised George Robins in his novel ‘Vanity Fair’ – as Mr Hammerdown

      All the best

      Greg Roberts

      • In further reply to this query, Olwyn.

        I have carried out a lot of research on the auctioneer’s copy of the Wanstead House catalogue held at Newham Local Studies Library (Stratford, London E15), which has the names of all purchasers for each and every lot. ‘Wicked William’ Long Wellesley instructed Robins to buy a great many items on his behalf, hence that catalogue has quite a number of lots upon which the initials ‘GR’ are entered. King George IV, also ‘GR’ did buy a couple of items in the auction but it is the name of his agent that is listed in the Newham copy of the Auction Catalogue, hence ‘GR’ could only be Mr Robins.

        Therefore, the auctioneer could not have been John Robins, despite the mystery of addresses on the flyer.

  2. Hello Greg,

    I note your comments about proper attribution of content, that’s a fair point.

    I wonder if you would extend the same curtesy in relation the images used on you site? I am specifically referring the the photo of the gold Sovereign you have used on your page

    Whilst I am broadly happy for you to use the image, it is on the basis that you acknowledge its copyright as belonging to Gold-Traders (UK) Ltd and you provide a link-back to the Gold Sovereign Expert web site.

    Thank you for your understanding.

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