ANTROBUS OF EATON

Peter de Figueiredo and Julian Treuhertz (Reference 1) describe the manor house as Jacobean, of diapered brick built by Gibbs Crawford Antrobus, the great-nephew of Sir Edmund Antrobus, 1st Bt., to the design of Lewis Wyatt in 1829-30. It was similar to Cranage Hall and was demolished in 1980. The following tree has been adapted from Earwaker, Vol. II, 650 (2) and Burke's Peerage and Baronetage.  It shows the family from the late 18th to the early 20th century

Stuart Raymond in Cheshire: A Genealogical Bibliography, quotes the following sources, which I have not yet been able to obtain.  Antrobus Pedigrees: the story of a Cheshire Family, by Sir Reginald L. Antrobus, published by Mitchell Hughes and Clarke, 1929 and Pedigree of Antrobus extracted from the records of the Herald's College in London, by R. H. Antrobus, published in Congleton by B. Hood in 1969, dealing with the 17th and 18th centuries.

This is an ancient Cheshire family but their principal seat, Antrobus Hall, was sold in 1460 to Thomas Venables. The village of Antrobus lies south of Lymm.

A correspondent suggests that Henry, the last entry above in generation 2, may have been called Thomas.  This is based on an item in Debrett, Baronetage of England, 1839, page 383, where Thomas is said to be the seventh child, who died unmarried in Canton.   He is mentiojned in the following paragraph, but the inclusion of the word shadowy may indicate lack of hard evidence.

"Edmund was soon to be joined in London by his younger brothers Philip, Thomas and John, who were all under the care of their uncle, Robert Sanxay.
.... His brother Thomas was a shadowy figure; he was to join Lord Macartney's embassy to China and died there."

The article gives the following background to the family:

"Antrobus Hall and its demesnes was the seat of the family of Antrobus from an early period till the reign of Henry VI, 1460, when it was sold by Henry Antrobus to William Venables, esquire, nephew of Sir William Venables of Bolyn, knight.  This branch of the Venables family resided for several generations at Antrobus Hall and subsequently removed to Wincham.  The Antrobus Estate was purchased in 1808 from Edward Townshend of Chester by Sir Edmund Antrobus, 1st Baronet, who was descended from the Henry Antrobus who alienated the family estates as above."

Sources:

Cheshire Country Houses, by Peter de Figueiredo and Julian Treuhertz, Phillimore, Chichester, 1988.
 East Cheshire Past and Present by J.P. Earwaker, London, 1870.

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