Children of Charles James and Alice Spence

01. Robert Spence (Bob)

1871-10 b. South Preston Lodge, Preston, North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses; 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1881 scholar, living at South Preston Lodge, Preston, Tynemouth, Northumberland, with his family, a cook, a nurse, and a housemaid TNA: RG 11/5077 f64 p1
1890-08-12 among the chief mourners at the funeral of Robert Spence, in Preston Cemetery Shields Daily Gazette, 1890-08-13
1891 student (art), living at South Preston Lodge, Preston, with his family, a cook, and two housemaids TNA: RG 12/4225 f122 p59
  trained as an artist in London and Paris Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums
1901 artist painter, own account, living in 2 rooms at 3 Stratford Studio, Kensington, London RG 13/38 f60 p28
1901-07-24 among the chief mourners at the funeral of John Foster Spence, at Preston Cemetery Shields Daily News, 1901-07-25
1905-10-11 among the principal mourners at his father's funeral, at Preston Cemetery Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1905-10-12
1911 painter (artist), living in 10 rooms at 29 Grevilles Road, Maida Vale, London N.W., with a housekeeper, a shorthand clerk, and a useful help RG14PN3320 RG78PN125 RD39 SD2 ED39 SN98
1912-04-18 of Elmfield Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1912-04-19
1914 joined the Friends' Ambulance Unit Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums
1915 awarded the Croix-de-Guerre for his bravery rescuing soldiers under fire
1939-09-29 artist etcher, living with a housekeeper and a housemaid at 29 Greville Rd, Hampstead, London 1939 England and Wales Register
1964-05-22 of 9 Frognal Gardens, Hampstead, London N.W.3; d. Hampstead RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar
 

Robert Spence

ROBERT SPENCE, who died aged 93 on May 22, was known to comparatively few Friends, but his name will be known—and will continue to be known—by hundreds who have enjoyed and been inspired by his series of etchings illustrating the life of George Fox. For the last fifty years he had not been in membership, but he came of a Tyneside Quaker family and exuded a certain quiet pride in the fact that he was descended through the Abrahams and Fosters from Margaret Fell.

There had thus come down to him the manuscript of George Fox's Journal (not, one should add, in Fox's own hand) and a considerable collection of letters formerly preserved at Swarthmoor Hall. These his father had sumptuously bound, and after his father's death in 1905 Robert Spence generously deposited them with Meeting for Sufferings. The Spence MS of Fox's Journal was edited by Norman Penney, the Society's librarian, and published in 1911: this provided new impetus for the study of Fox and early Quakerism, and Robert Spence's part in enabling this work to be done deserves once more to be recorded. In 1920, when he decided to sell the manuscripts, they were bought for the Library with the very substantial help of American Friends who were in this country for the All Friends Conference.

Robert Spence was an artist of great versatility. He was perhaps best known for his drypoint etchings, but in earlier life he had painted in oils and his eminence in the construction of model ships is illustrated by the "Naseby" (1655) at the National Maritime Museum and the "Loyal London" (replacing a model lost in the air raids) at Trinity House. The sea was in his blood: had not an eighteenth-century ancestor been disowned for joining the navy? But Quakerism was in his blood too. The life of George Fox fascinated him. He read and reread the Journal, illustrating it with etchings of great sensitivity, characterised sometimes by an aura of gloom (which echoed a part of Spence's own character) and sometimes with a light and delicate touch of humour (which he also possessed). Fox as a man of spiritual power and of humanity pervades these etchings.

After he had resigned his membership at the time of the First World War there was a period when Robert Spence was distant, perhaps even estranged, from the Society. About the time of the Second World War his affection and warmth towards Friends grew, and he steadily produced further etchings of episodes in Fox's life, many of which were sold in aid of Friends Relief Service and the Friends Service Council. The staff in Friends House Library looked forward to the visits of a most lovable man. Running out of subjects before his eighties, Spence attempted new interpretations of themes he had already treated, continuing to work until a couple of years before his death. Sets of his etchings, with most of the variants, are in several American Quaker libraries as well as at Friends House.

Robert Spence was tall of stature, though stooping of late years; direct and a trifle gruff in speech; no respecter of persons; perfectionist in his work. When, in later years, he found that his work no longer found such ready acceptance at the Royal Academy, he was sorry but unperturbed—"Young whipper-snapper there who doesn't understand about etchings" he grunted after one such visit. When he found his work reproduced in half-tone so that the delicacy of the etching was lost he was equally, if not more, vehement. He suffered much from bronchitis in his later years, and winters were an agony to him—as he was wont to announce at the top of his voice in the Library at Friends House. But there was a magnificent resilience: before long he would be walking on Hampstead Heath or his beloved northern fells, and driving his car again (a trifle erratically at the age of 90) and making new plans with boyish exuberance. When, in 1959, the fire at Swarthmoor Hall damaged an oil painting he had executed early in this century he was thoroughly excited at the prospect of taking up oils again after a lapse of perhaps forty years and repairing the damage. It was characteristic of his generosity that he would not allow repayment even of his out-of-pocket expenses.

Those who knew the man will miss him; those who enjoy the work will long continue to be thankful for what he did to make George Fox live for the present generation.

E.H.M.

The Friend, 1964-06-05 [NB the alleged descent from Margaret Fell is only indirect]
1964-08-14 will proved at Newcastle-upon-Tyne by Norleigh Booth, solicitor and notary, and Charles Clibborn Spence, chartered accountant; £181,307 National Probate Calendar


02. Philip Spence

1873-07-09 b. South Preston Lodge, Preston, North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses; Cambridge University Alumni
1881 scholar, living at South Preston Lodge, Preston, Tynemouth, Northumberland, with his family, a cook, a nurse, and a housemaid TNA: RG 11/5077 f64 p1
  educated at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough Cambridge University Alumni
1890-08-12 among the chief mourners at the funeral of Robert Spence, in Preston Cemetery Shields Daily Gazette, 1890-08-13
1891 student (physical science), living at South Preston Lodge, Preston, with his family, a cook, and two housemaids TNA: RG 12/4225 f122 p59
1892-10-07 entered Trinity College, Cambridge Cambridge University Alumni
1901 not found in census  
1901-07-24 among the chief mourners at the funeral of John Foster Spence, at Preston Cemetery Shields Daily News, 1901-07-25
1905-10-11 among the principal mourners at his father's funeral, at Preston Cemetery Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1905-10-12
1905-12-12 m. his second cousin Alice Edith Spence (1882–1959), at the Congregational Church, Stephenson Street, North Shields GRO index; Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1905-12-13

LOCAL WEDDING.

SPENCE—SPENCE.

The marriage took place, yesterday, at the Congregational Church, North Shields, of Mr. Philip Spence, second son of the late Mr. Charles James Spence, of South Preston, and Miss Alice Edith Spence, second daughter of Mr. J. Shewell Spence, banker, North Shields. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Lewis A. Johnson. Miss Mary Spence, sister of the bride, was the bridesmaid, and Mr. Frank Spence, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. The proceedings were of a private character. Afterwards the newly married couple left for the Lake district.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1905-12-13
Children: Alice Rachel (1907–1991), Charles Clibborn (1907–1994), and Tristram Foster (1910–1941), all b. Gosforth, Northumberland GRO index; Memorial Register
1910 of Mellbreak, Gosforth; exhibited watercolour 'Sir Launcelot Entrapped in the Queen's Chamber' auction-net
1910-08-18 gave the reception on the occasion of his sister's marriage Newcastle Journal, 1910-08-19
1911 private means, living in 12 rooms at Mellbreak, Elmfield Park, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, with his family, a cook, a nurse, and a housemaid RG14PN30859 RG78PN1764 RD560 SD2 ED1 SN228
exhibited watercolour 'How Galahad was Brought to Sir Lancelot to be Made a Knight', at the Royal Academy auction-net
1912-04-18 of Elmfield Avenue, Gosforth, Newcastle Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1912-04-19
1912-05-06 exhibiting at the Royal Academy Exhibition:

"How Sir Lancelot Rescued the Queen from the Fire," by Philip Spence, Newcastle, is one of the most ambitious figure subjects in the watercolour gallery. It shows Sir Lancelot with sword drawn scattering the monks, armed with javelins, who are preparing faggots for the burning of the queen, and a group of spectators in a stand forming the back ground. The figures are well grouped, accurately drawn, the various colours of the draperies agreeably harmonised, and the whole picture a meritorious composition.

Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1912-05-06
by 1916-05-06 had contributed £15 to the Newcastle War Relief Fund Newcastle Journal, 1916-05-06
1920 registered at 22 (14-16) Blackett Street, Gosforth (abode—Elmfield Park, Gosforth) electoral register
1922-03-24 with his wife, attended the funeral of Robert Coltman Clephan at Preston Cemetery Shields Daily News, 1922-03-25
1922-06-20

Ralph Williams, of the Royal Field Artillery, in uniform, was charged on remand at Gateshead Borough Police Court, yesterday, with having broken and entered Roath House, Low Fell, on May 27, and with having stolen therefrom property belonging to Philip Spence; and also with having damaged a square of glass, a chair, and a writing desk, the property of Philip Spence. [continues . . . ]

Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1922-06-21
1927-11-26 of Roath House, Low Fell, Durham Great Western Railway shareholders
1939 of Roath House, Newcastle 9; tel. Low Fell 76954 phone book
editor and compiler, Robert and Mary Spence of North Shields book in my possession
1939-09-29 private means, living at 'Roath House', Belle Vue B., Gateshead, Durham, with his wife, their elder son, and two domestic servants 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1941 published Struwwelhitler: a Nazi story book British Library catalogue
1942-02-20

PRE-HISTORIC

WHEN you are in the Museum at Saltwell Park spare the time to examine the remarkable collection of prehistoric animals and reptiles modelled and loaned by Mr. Philip Spence of Low Fell.

The represents his life's hobby.

He has built up the models on a papier mache framework, and each specimen has the colouring natural to it in life.

Newcastle Evening Chronicle
1945 of Roath House, Newcastle 9; tel. Low Fell 76954 phone book
1945-06-01 of Roath House, Low Fell, Durham; d. Gateshead RD GRO index; National Probate Calendar
1945-09-28 will proved at Newcastle-upon-Tyne by Francis Joseph Spence, banker, Norleigh Booth, solicitor, and Charles Clibborn Spence, architect; effects £58,493 17s. 6d. National Probate Calendar
net personalty £31,099; duty paid £5,321 Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 1945-12-14


03. Gilbert Spence

1875-11-28 b. South Preston Lodge, Preston, North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses; Cambridge University Alumni
1881 living at South Preston Lodge, Preston, Tynemouth, Northumberland, with his family, a cook, a nurse, and a housemaid TNA: RG 11/5077 f64 p1
1890-08-12 among the chief mourners at the funeral of Robert Spence, in Preston Cemetery Shields Daily Gazette, 1890-08-13
1891 pupil, of Olivers Mount School, Scarborough, Yorkshire TNA: RG 12/3967 f72 p50; Cambridge University Alumni
1894-06-25 admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge Cambridge University Alumni
1899-12-29 had donated 18 shirts, 1 singlet, 1 sleeping suit, and 3 pairs of socks, for dispatch to the Northumberland Fusiliers and Durham Light Infantry serving in South Africa Durham County Advertiser, 1900-01-05
1901 banker, employer, living at South Preston Lodge, Preston, Tynemouth, with his parents, a housekeeper, a cook, a housemaid, and a kitchenmaid, with a visiting Alice Procter RG 13/4801 f162 p72
1901-07-24 among the chief mourners at the funeral of John Foster Spence, at Preston Cemetery Shields Daily News, 1901-07-25
1902-03-22 banker's clerk, of South Preston-lodge, North Shields; d. Tynemouth RD GRO index; Annual Monitor; National Probate Calendar

GENTLEMAN FOUND SHOT DEAD.

A tragic affair occurred at North Shields this morning, resulting in the death of a son of a well-known resident of the town. It appears that from information received from Dr Rolland, Sergt. King, of the borough police force, proceeded to South Preston Lodge, North Shields, this morning, and found in a workshop at the north side of the house, the dead body of Mr Gilbert Spence, who was 26 years of age, and a son of Mr Chas. James Spence, banker, who resides at Preston Lodge. He was fully dressed, and lying on his back. A five-chambered revolver was near him from which one cartridge had been discharged. He had a bullet wound in the roof of his mouth, and he was lying in a large pool of blood.

The deceased man was last seen alive by the gardener (Mr Dix) about seven o'clock this morning. The sad affair has created a painful sensation in the town, and deep sympathy is felt for Mr Spence and family who are held in very high esteem.

Shields Daily Gazette

On Saturday last, at South Preston Lodge, North Shields, Mr Gilbert Spence, son of Mr C. J. Spence, banker, shot himself with a revolver. From the evidence at the inquest on Saturday night it appeared that Mr Spence had suffered from insomnia, and the jury found that deceased had shot himself whilst temporarily insane.

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, 1902-03-24

It has been my painful duty very frequently of late to refer to the passing of well-known and well beloved fellow-townsmen, and no more painful occasion has there been than the sad story of the past week. A young man, full of life and promise, the bearer of an honoured name, has gone from us under circumstances of a most pathetic nature. He was a worthy son of a worthy father, a member of a family whose name is "familiar in our mouths as household words," and a name that has ever been a synonym for good deeds. The gifted mind was too strong for the physical frame, and the dreaded insomnia claimed him as a victim. Modest in his bearing, unostentatious but zealous in his work, the late Mr Gilbert Spence endeared himself to all who knew him, and he leaves behind him a memory that will last for many years. There is sorrow in many hearts to-day, and a sympathy which no pen can express for the family over whom the cloud has fallen. The sorrowing and the suffering in this district have known the warmth of the hearts of those who are now mourning their dead, and a thrill of deepest feeling will go out to those whose sorrow is at present unspeakably great. May the best of all comfort be the experience of the bereaved. It would be unwise to intrude on such a bereavement, but I am sure that the Coroner, in expressing his personal sympathy with Mr Spence, voiced the sentiments of the entire Borough, in whose esteem and respect that gentleman holds a high place.

Shields Daily News, 1902-03-24
1902-03-24 bur. Preston cemetery, Walton Avenue, North Shields, NE29 9NJ Billion Graves
1902-05-14 admon at Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Charles James Spence, banker; effects £498 15s. 3d. National Probate Calendar


04. Sarah Spence (Sadie)

1880-07-15 b. South Preston Lodge, Preston, North Shields, Northumberland GRO index; censuses
1881 living at South Preston Lodge, Preston, Tynemouth, Northumberland, with her family, a cook, a nurse, and a housemaid TNA: RG 11/5077 f64 p1
1890-08-12 among the chief mourners at the funeral of Robert Spence, in Preston Cemetery Shields Daily Gazette, 1890-08-13
1891 scholar, living at South Preston Lodge, Preston, with her family, a cook, and two housemaids TNA: RG 12/4225 f122 p59
1901 art student, one of six lodgers (including Phyllis Procter) with John Armstrong, farmer, and his family, at Nab Farm, Rydal and Loughrigg, Westmorland RG 13/4908 f72 p2
1901 art student, of Nab Farm, Rydal and Loughrigg, Westmorland RG 13/4908 f72 p2
1901-07-24 among the chief mourners at the funeral of John Foster Spence, at Preston Cemetery Shields Daily News, 1901-07-25
1905-10-11 among the principal mourners at her father's funeral, at Preston Cemetery Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1905-10-12
1905-11-29 at the second exhibition of the Borough of Tynemouth Photographic Society, in the Presbyterian Hall, Northumberland Square, North Shields, came "a good second" in the class for enlargements, securing a bronze medal Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 1905-11-30
1906-08-15/-16 at the 52nd annual exhibition of the Borough of Tynemouth and South Northumberland Floral and Horticultural Society, acted as judge for wild flowers, in the class for school children of the borough Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1906-08-16
1910-08-18 m. Guy Clephan (1888–1980, b. Birtley, Durham, s. of Robert Coltman and Elizabeth (Spence) Clephan) GRO index

MARRIAGE OF MISS SARAH SPENCE.

Yesterday, the marriage of Mr Guy Clephan, youngest son of Mr R.C. Clephan, of the firm of Messrs Clephan and Wiencke, Tynemouth, to Miss Sarah Spence, daughter of the late Mr Chas. Jones [sic] Spence, of the banking firm of Messrs Hodgkin, Barnett, Pease and Spence (now Lloyd's Bank), North Shields, was solemnised at the Friends' Meeting House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. The bridesmaids were were Miss Constance Clephan, Miss Josephine Clephan, and Miss Winifred Watson, and Mr Kennett [sic] Watson was the best man.

Following the wedding ceremony, Mr Philip Spence, brother of the bride, and his wife, gave a reception in the Grand Assembly Rooms, Barras Bridge, and amongst the guests present were Mr G. Brandon, Miss Bryant, Mr and Mrs R.C. Clephan, Miss K. Clephan, Miss D.F. Clephan, Mrs Eugene Clephan, Miss A. Clephan, Mr and Mrs H.W. Clephan, Miss Clibborn, Mr H. Clibborn, Mr and Mrs A.C. Clibborn, Mr and Mrs H. Corder and family, Mr and Mrs R. Corder and family, Miss Ruth Corder, Mr J.W. Corder, Mr and Mrs Percy Corder and family, Mr and Mrs Walter Corder and family, Mr Alex. Corder, Mr Leonard Corbett, Mr Dendy, Mrs Wm. Douglas, Mr Ericsson, the Misses Ericsson, Miss Fayle, the Misses Garvie, Mr E. Garvie, Mr and Mrs G.B. Gibbs and family, Mr and Mrs R.O. Heslop, Mr H. Heslop, Mr and Mrs T.E. Hodgkin, Mr H. Mounsey, Mrs Marshall, Mr Mundahl, Dr Ouston, Mr and Mrs Pattinson, Mr and Mrs F. Pollard, Mr and Mrs Pumphrey, Mrs Procter, Mr Alan Procter, Mr Stephen Procter, Mr Basil Procter, Miss Procter, Mr J.C. Procter, Mr Henry Procter, Mrs Redfern, Mr and Mrs David Richardson, Mr and Mrs Laurence Richardson, Mr Henry Richardson, Miss O. Richardson, Mr Hugh Richardson, Mr Foster Spence, Mr and Mrs H.C. Spence, Mr and Mrs J.S. Spence, Miss Mary Spence, Miss A.C. Spence, Miss M.E. Spence, Mr and Mrs R.F. Spence, Mrs Sturge, Mrs Spence Watson, Miss Spence Watson, Miss A. Watson, Mr Bryan Watson, Mr and Mrs Jas. Watson Mr and Mrs M.F. Watson, and Mr and Mrs J. Watson. The honeymoon will be spent in Switzerland.

Newcastle Journal, 1910-08-19
1911 living in 17 rooms at Killingworth Hall, Tynemouth, with her husband, a housekeeper, and a housemaid RG14PN30778 RG78PN1759 RD559 SD3 ED7 SN304
Child: Robert Spence (1913 – after 1939), b. Tynemouth RD GRO index; Royal Artillery attestations
1919/1920 living with her husband at 1 Otterburn Villas North, Newcastle upon Tyne; as "Sadie Spence Clephan" electoral registers
1923/1924 with her husband, registered to vote from 13 Mosley Street, Newcastle; abode The Cottage, Monkseaton, Northumberland
1939-09-29 not found in 1939 Register; husband (consulting mining engineer) living with a Lily (Clephan) Coyne at Elmwood, Alnwick, Northumberland 1939 England and Wales Register (TNA: RG 101)
1946 of Hill top, Alnmouth, Northumberland, tel. Alnmouth 78; Guy at The Cottage, 28 Front Street, Whitley Bay, tel. Whitley Bay 228 phone book
1958 of Hill top, Alnmouth, tel. Alnmouth 278 phone books
1960
1969 Q2 d. Northumberland North Second RD GRO index


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