Miscellaneous items

An assorted collection of items, ranging from a piece of hair from a horse’s mane, a will, a marriage licence, and several items in connection with Arthur Savory of Aldington. These latter items are perhaps the most curious of all. Arthur Savory, who was the tenant farmer at Aldington Manor from 1873-1902, had returned to his native Hampshire two years before Allsebrook became Vicar of Badsey, so they had never lived in the parish at the same time. There is no evidence that they had met before and Savory was not a guest at Allsebrook’s wedding in 1909. But the two obviously knew each other in the last years of Savory’s life, and at least two of the items reveal that Allsebrook appears to have been obsessed with the older man.