Frederick Jones re Tudor chest

Lilla, Countess of Chichester

Another letter from the SPS digital archive, this one written from Halland by Frederick Jones on 28 October 1910, confirming arrangements for moving a Tudor chest from East Hoathly to Sussex Square in Kemp Town, Brighton.

Addressed only to My Lady, Frederick writes that the chest is possibly the oldest piece of furniture belonging to the Pelham Family. It seems reasonable to speculate that the chest was destined for the Countess of Chichester. But which one, and which house in Sussex Square?

Could it have been Elizabeth Mary Pelham (nee Bligh)? Known as Lilla, she had married Walter John Pelham (4th Earl of Chichester) at St George’s Church, Hanover Square in London in 1861. Lilla died at Enbrook, in Sandgate, Kent, the family home that she had inherited following the death of her father in 1872.

Lilla died at the age of 74 on 7th December 1911, and following the memorial service at St Paul’s Church, Sandgate, her coffin was conveyed to Lewes by train, and thence to Stanmer, to be buried in the Pelham family mausoleum in the churchyard.

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