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Joseph Brooke was in partnership with Martin
Swindells I spinning
cotton at various mills in Bollington, and in the construction
and operation of Clarence mill.
After the death in 1843 of Martin Swindells I, Joseph Brooke
and his first wife, Anne Swindells (daughter of Martin I), moved
into the recently completed Limefield House, behind Clarence mill.
Emma Francis Brooke 1844 -1926
Emma was the sixth child, third daughter, of Joseph Brooke and
Anne Swindells. She became a member of the first intake on the
opening of Newnham College, the first women only college at Cambridge
University. This education undoubtedly had a significant influence
on her future as she became a writer, socialist promoter and social
activist, a Fabian and feminist.
Emma was a popular Victorian and Edwardian novelist with titles
such as: Sir Elyot of the Woods, A Superfluous Woman, The
House of Robershaye, The Engrafted Rose, The
Confession Of Stephen Whapshare, Susan Wooed And Susan
She also used a nom de plume, E Fairfax Byrrne. Note
same initials as her own name; Byrrne, though not this spelling,
is the Scottish word for a brook.
In 1888 Emma published an article entitled Women and
their Sphere. This presaged the book, A
which, while becoming a best selling New Woman novel in the
1890s, caused outrage among critics, being denounced as "an
immoral tale". The book has been edited with an introduction
and notes by researcher Barbara
Tilley, and re-published in 2017. Available from Amazon.
Emma also took notes from a conversation with her uncle, George
Swindells, in April 1885. These
are available in full on another page. Emma's
family tree page.
Emma was unmarried and lived to age 81 in Weybridge, Surrey UK.
I am indebted to Barbara Tilley , Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor,
DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60202, who has made, and continues
with, extensive research into Emma Brooke's life.
Edward Hugh Brooke 1916 - 2002
Edward Hugh Brooke of Calgary, Alberta, Canada,
passed away at the Peter Lougheed Hospital on Friday 1st November
2002 at the age of 85 years. Edward was a farmer, a chemical engineer,
an accomplished painter. He was the son of the late Hugh Brooke
and Inez (Forel) Brooke of Didsbury AB, and brother of Stanley
and Cyril. His beloved older sister Evelyn (Trusler) passed away
just hours before, so that he followed her in death, as in life.
I am indebted to Lillian for this obituary.
- Barbara Tilley, editor, 2017. See
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