West Wall - Hatchments

The Hatchments

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The funerary hatchment was usually placed over the entrance door of the deceased’s residence at the level of the second floor, and remained in situ for six to twelve months, after which it was removed to the parish church. The practice developed in the early 17th century from the custom of carrying an heraldic shield before the coffin of the deceased, then leaving it for display in the church. Funerary hatchments also survive displayed in homes or local museums. 

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John Hussey Delaval, with his only son having predeceased him, the title became extinct, and the estates passed to his brother, Edward Hussey Delaval. Lord Delaval purchased the Ford estate from his brother, Sir Francis, and thus was free to will it as he felt disposed. Seaton Delaval was entailed, and therefore he knew it would go to his brother, and being anxious to secure for his own family as valuable a gift as possible, he removed the old family pictures from Seaton Delaval to Ford, so that the portraits of the old Norman family are hung in another than the family mansion. He also placed many portraits of the Delaval family in Doddington Hall, which he had inherited from his mother,Rhoda, daughter of Robert Apreece, Esq., of Walshingley, Hants., and granddaughter and heiress of Sir Thomas Hussey of Doddington in Lincolnshire. She had willed this estate to her second son and other sons in succession – excluding her eldest son who was heir to the Seaton Delaval estate –on the provision that whichever of them, or their heirs, should become entitled to is should take the name of Hussey. It was Lord Delaval who cut the entrance to the harbour at Seaton Sluice out of the solid rock. He also developed the Royal Northumberland Glass Works”e; into a successful business, though they were started by his brother, Thomas Delaval. Now the “e;new cut”e; is gone to wreck, and the bottle works have been demolished. Ford was his favourite residence, and he left it to his favourite daughter, Sarah Hussey, Countess of Tyrconnel, whose only daughter, Lady Susan Carpenter, married Henry, second Marquis of Waterford. Thus the Ford estate passed from the Delaval to the Waterford family, who, as a result, have many Delaval pictures at their home, Curraghmore, in County Waterford


Sir Francis Blake Delaval was the son of Captain Delaval, and was the eldest of the eight brothers. He was born March 16th 1727, and married Lady Isabella Nassau Paulett, widow of Lord Paulett, and daughter of Earl Thanet. He died suddenly, August 7th, 1771, aged 44 years, and was buried in the family vault at Seaton Delaval.

His Grandmother, Mary, daughter of Sir Francis Blake of Ford Castle was the last heiress of the Blake family. Mary married Edward Delaval, Sir Francis’ grandfather, and so the Ford Estate came into the Delaval family. Sir Francis Blake was created a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of George III., in recognition of his valour and intrepidity as a volunteer on board the fleet, which was dispatched to make a descent on St. Cas, when war was declared against France. It is said that he was so eager to show his courage and resolution that he leapt from the boat when half a mile out and swam ashore to be the first to set foot on French soil.


Edward Hussey Delaval, third and last surviving son of Captain Delaval. He was born in 1729, and married Sarah, daughter of Mr. George Scott of Methley, Yorkshire. He only held the estate six years, and then died without any heir on August 14th 1814, aged 85 years, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
From his mother, he inherited the Doddington estate, which he left absolutely to his only daughter, Sarah Hussey, wife of Mr. James Gunman of Dover and Coventry. She died in 1825, and left the estate to Lieut-Col. G. R. Payne-Jarvis, whose successors still have the estate. This is how the Doddington estate passed from the Delaval family. At his death the name of Delaval died out, and the Seaton Delaval estate passed to another family. It may be interesting to record that Edward Hussey Delaval, who was of a very scientific and philosophical turn of mind – his favourite pursuits being chemistry and experimental philosophy – was the first in Europe to demonstrate the benefits derived from the use of what are now called (lightning rods) in protecting buildings from the effects of lightning, his own house in London being the first in the world to be so protected.


Sir Jacob Astley, Baron Hastings, the first Baron after the revival of the title in 1841, but 16th Baron from the creation of the title in 1290. Edward Hussey Delaval having died without an heir, and all the brothers having pre-deceased him without male issues,
The Seaton Delaval estate reverted to the heirs of his sister Rhoda, the eldest daughter of Captain Delaval and who on May 23rd, 1751, had married Mr. (afterwards Sir) Edward Astley of Melton Constable, Norfolk, but who died Oct. 21st, 1757. Her eldest son Sir Jacob Henry Astley, thereby, on the death of his Uncle, Edward Hussey Delaval in 1814, became the owner of the Seaton Delaval estate. He married Hester, daughter of Samuel Brown Esq., of Kings Lynn, and having died three years after he became the owner of Seaton Delaval, viz., 1817, the Norfolk and Northumberland estates passed into the hands of his eldest son, Sir Jacob Astley (afterwards Lord Hastings who in 1819 married Georgina Carolina, second daughter of Sir Henry Walkin Dashwood, Bart., and died December 27th, 1859, aged 62 years.It was during his baronetcy that the disastrous fire on January 3rd, 1822 left the centre block of Seaton Delaval Hall a ruin. It was partially restored in 1959 & 1963.


Jacob Henry Delaval Astley, 17th Baron Hastings, elder son of the 16th Baron Hastings. He married Miss Francis Cosham in 1860, and died without issue.


The last hatchment is that of Rev. Delaval Loftus Astley, brother of Jacob Henry Delaval Astley. He married the Honourable Frances Diana Manners, daughter of Viscount Canterbury in 1848, and died in 1872, having only held the peerage for one year
He was succeeded by his son, Bernard Delaval Astley, 19th Baron Hastings, who died unmarried in India during the Prince of Wales 
visit in 1874. He was succeeded by his brother, George Manners Astley, 20th Baron Hastings who married Elizabeth, daughter of Baron Suffield, and was the donor of the Church of Our Lady to the parish of Delaval.