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Lett’s Game Register [Manuscript & Photos]

Lett’s Game Register [Manuscript & Photos] by FLEETWOOD-HESKETH Family of Southport (1883)

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Author: FLEETWOOD-HESKETH Family of Southport
Title: Lett’s Game Register [Manuscript & Photos]
Year: 1883
Publisher: Letts
Place: London and Lancashire
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: Yes
Price: £250
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The Fleetwood-Hesketh family game book from Meols Hall in Southport containing fifteen years of hunting records from 1883-1898.

Elegant oblong folio in green pebbled cloth with gilt lettering; marbled endpapers and all edges marbled. Printed on thick, coated paper with a title page followed by blank pre-printed leaves: ‘Game Killed’ with columns for dates, participants and birds to the versos and ‘Game Disposed Of’ detailing ‘To Whom Sent’ were the birds and rabbits. 142 pages of entries with additional blanks.

Manuscript entries reveal that the shoots took place on the ‘Hesketh Estate’ during winter months with Colonel Hesketh and George Hartley often present along with other family members and friends with a bag generally amounting to 1-200 birds, rabbits and hares. Disposals include ‘Rabbits given to Tenants for use of Hens’ but over time more there was a more developed list of around twenty local dignitaries, extended family members and officials who would receive the mixed bag of pheasants, partridges and rabbits. These included Reverend Canon Clarke, Mrs Knollys, Mrs Bibby, Alderman Boothroyd as well as newspaper editors and police officers.

Laid in are four original photographs and a cutting from the Tatler which duplicates one of the original photos also present - these date from slightly later than the entries in this book. The published photograph, 1905, identifies all of the members of a shoot at Stoken Hall near Oakham, hosted by Major Fleetwood-Hesketh. Major Charles Hesketh Fleetwood-Hesketh was born on 13 October 1871 (christened Charles Hesketh Bibby) educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, served in the Boer War and practised as a barrister. He fought in the First World War, held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Lancashire and lived at Meols Hall and at Stocken Hall, Rutland, England. The last of the photographs depicts the beaters and assorted staff and servants who worked for the hunt. The book comes from the collection of the Hesketh-Fleetwood family at Meols Hall in Southport on the Lancashire coast.
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