____________________ ____________________| | |____________________ _William ROSE ______| | | ____________________ | |____________________| | |____________________ | |--Edward ROSE | | _Nathaniel JACKSON _+ | _Nathaniel JACKSON _| | | |_Mary WEBB _________ |_Elizabeth JACKSON _| | ____________________ |_Ann _______________| |____________________
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This is a transcript of a handwritten account of the Rose family by Marcel Rose...
Edward Rose born at Paulerspury in 1821 the thatched cottage at the north end of Pudden Bag Lane was a remarkable character. In those days this village ruled over by the Duke of Grafton a peaceful agricultural hamlet far from outside world influence. Apparently brought up with what education a village school could provide in those days he had a very keen sense of what was right and proper and in fear of the Lord. His business acumen must have shown itself early, because as it is recorded that Queen Victoria's wedding dress was made from lace supplied by him. Of a very energetic nature, he walked from country mansion to country mansion and in this way became very well known to the female gentry of that time. On one occasion he walked from London to Paulerspury in a day, some 60 miles.
All through the letters which have been found addressed to him or by him it is obvious that his astuteness and energy were taken advantage of by various members of the family. In spite of this he was able to amass a not inconsiderable fortune for himself so that when he died he left his son comfortably situated for the remainder of his days.
One day when travelling in the train he noticed a good-looking young gentleman sitting in the opposite corner. Thinking he knew the face, he exclaimed, "Is your name Bevan?" to which the stranger replied that that was so. It appears that the likeness between young Bevan and his mother was sufficiently striking to be noticed by Edward. It afterwards transpired that Mrs. Bevan was a very good customer of Edward's and knew him very well. As a result of this meeting in the train a lifelong friendship of mutual trust and admiration was struck up. Mr. Bevan eventually became principal of the firm of D.A.Bevan the stockbrokers, Threadneedle Street and on the death of Edward in February 1894 became one of the trustees of his will.
Years before PaulersPury and the near village of Green’s Norton had been centres of the lacemaking industry. From there came many pieces of fine Point Ground, supplied for Queen Victoria’s trousseau, and I have now in my possession a parasol cover, a bonnet veil and a pair of mittens , duplicates of which were made for the Queen.
In former years , a certain Mr Rose, lace buyer by profession, had for a long time his headquarters in PaulersPury. He employed all the really good workers there and roundabout and travelled to many parts of England selling his wares and I imagine there are even now few of the ladies of the old resident families of the Midlands whose forebears have not bought and treasured up one or two specimens of "Rose’s lace".
Curtesy of Ann Day Assistant Hon. Curator, The Lace Guild Museum:
An account from Mrs Harrison, the vicar's wife who started a benevolent lace industry in Paulerspury collected point ground prickings from Edward Rose's wife:
At the time of which I am writing Mr Rose was dead and his widow was living alone in Paulerspury. When my husband first had the idea of reviving the lucrative industry I took council with several old and skilled workers who since Mr Rose’s death had almost ceased work having no regular market for their laces. These old ladies confided to me that Mrs Rose had never been partial to the lace-making as her husband’s buying and selling took him too much from home. They also whispered me that Mrs Rose had in her cottage ’a wunnerful show of parchments’, it being her husband’s custom to have these in his own safe-keeping, giving them out and recalling them as his orders were given and completed. So one day I paid Mrs Rose a call of ceremony to enquire for her health and also to get a look at these treasures. In the course of conversation I remarked that I was interested in all old things and therefore would she let me have a glimpse of these relics. She answered rather scornfully that I ‘might and welcome’ and added that she had no room in her house for such rubbish and was thinking of boiling them all down for glue. Imagine my horror but keeping my presence of mind and feeling instinctively that if I seemed too eager and offered her a large price she would out of perversity boil these (to me) most valuable relics all the quicker. I said as carelessly as I could ‘ Don’t do that Mrs Rose. I’ll give you five shillings for them and be grateful to you’. So out of a big and battered cardboard box she produced poor Mr Rose’s dusty and discoloured collection and said I’ could have them and good riddance’ So I gathered them up in my skirt(we wore long dresses in those days) and scurried home to my husband rejoicing.
Note that account above is disputed by member of the Rose family:
Edward Rose was married to two Frenchwomen in his life. The second died in 1865 in Maidenhead. Both were cultivated and well-to-do, and far from wanting to boil patterns up for glue, always had a good income from the lace-dealing.
The family kept on the cottage in Paulerspury, selling it I believe in the 1930s. Perhaps the woman obtained the patterns from an old servant or another person who occupied it.
 [S571] Marcel Rose