I wrote a post about Annie WHITAKER at the beginning of last year (Mrs Nicholson Does Good). Her daughter Maude married the Vicar of Filey, Arthur Nevile COOPER in 1891. A local story has it that Maude faced competition from an older woman for Arthur’s affections. Elinor CLARKE, the town’s wealthiest resident, is said to have built Northcliffe House (Today’s Image) in the hope that it would tempt the vicar into matrimony.
It was perhaps Maude’s youth that won the cleric’s heart – she was almost 20 years his junior and 27 years younger than her rival.
I photographed the couple’s grave in May 2017.
Arthur had been Vicar of Filey for over fifty years. The next time I saw the church open for visitors I went in to express my sadness and disappointment at the neglect of his last resting place. Rev Paul went into action immediately and did some initial “groundwork”, but the task was too big for him. Last week I noticed someone putting finishing touches to the raised headstone. I went over to thank him for his efforts and received a guided tour to other stones he has restored to something like their former glory. As an employee of the Probation Service, Paul has managed his community service labour force and limited funding for materials to work wonders at Dean Road in Scarborough – and now at Filey.
I have added some information to the Cooper/Nicholson tree today.
Elinor’s pedigree is somewhat neglected on FamilySearch. No photographs of her have surfaced yet but here is a portrait of the vicar at 62, taken by the Rev STANWELL and kindly made available to the Looking at Filey blog by Ann Wilkie (WILLIS).