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Clockwise from top-left:


Dr John Grove (1784-1858)

Thomas Grove (1758-1847)

Charlotte Grove nee Pilfold (1764-1828)

Lady Elizabeth Fraser


(Photo – Wiltshire & Swindon Archives)

Stafford Moore Lane (1814-1868)


Second son of John Lane of Lower Bridmore Farm. 


In 1850 – at about the time of this portrait – Stafford married

Louisa Futcher of Fovant.  They lived at Alvediston, Fovant

and Chittoe.  Stafford farmed and later became a Farm Bailiff

at Spye Park.  He appears to have had a certain "reputation"

with horses, money – and women. 

He lies buried at Chittoe Heath.


The photograph is from an oil painting in the possession of

Mr Thomas Thatcher of Sutton Mandeville  

Desmond Hawkins – writer and broadcaster (1908-1999)


(Photo - Wilts & Swindon Archives)

The Diaries of Charlotte Grove

The Diaries of Charlotte Grove