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Agatha Christe's Family at Fraryhurst, Prinsted
Nathaniel was a wealthy
American businessman, a partner in H.B Chaflin & Co.,
Nathaniel died aged 47 on
The 1841 to 1871 censuses show Richard Kelsey and his
relatives as living in Prinsted. Richard
Kelsey (the first People’s Warden at
We now know who Nathaniel was and that he lived locally, as his death is recorded in the Westbourne register. We know he married a local girl, Margaret West in 1863. He bought land in 1866 and Fraryhurst was built during the 1860’s, as stated in the Prinsted Conservation area appraisal Margaret continued to own Fraryhurst until 1909 and her cousins lived there after she moved to Ealing. It was sold in 1909 to Mr Lucas for £1537 which included outbuildings, offices, garden and orchard. In July 1918 Margaret, Muriel and Hope Ricardo leased Fraryhurst and then bought it in 1919. The three sisters lived at Fraryhurst for 40 years, and during the mid 1950’s the orchard was divided and sold as individual plots. This became Frarydene. When Muriel died Fraryhurst was sold in 1958.
This all started because I just asked the question, who was Nathaniel Frary Miller and his widow that dedicated this beautiful stained glass window in St John’s. No one seemed to know so that set me off on a mission and I am really pleased I now have an answer. The shame is the house no longer has the painted name ‘Fraryhurst’ over the front door, it was removed in late 2012.
My thanks to David Holman for his assistance with land registry research.
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