ROMANCE IN THE EIGHTEEN CENTURY

THE ROMANCE OF GRACE & JOHN

Part Two of the story

Go to PART ONE – WHY I HAD TO WRITE MY FIRST BOOK – HERE to learn how I found Grace Roscoe, my fifth Great Grandmother.

READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS OF GRACE ROSCOE HERE

I wrote this story in 2014, set in the 18th Century. England a year after I retired from nursing.  I was able to research much of Grace’s family on Ancestry.co.uk It is a true story of Grace Roscoe who was only twelve when she was taken by her cold, unloving mother to live at Allerton Hall in Liverpool. The book starts with Grace’s journey from Bolton le Moores, Lancashire, England, accompanied by her mother Margaret Roscoe. They travelled by coach towards her destiny starting in Liverpool. A destiny she didn’t know anything about, as she wasn’t told where she was going, or why.

Romance at the hall

AN HEIRESS

There At Allerton Hall (picture on the left circa 1820) she was to be made an heiress to her mother’s cousins, John and James Hardman’s vast fortune. The two brothers, amassed enormous wealth from racketeering but had no standing within society. Wealth derived from slave trading around the West Indies caused the very society they craved to join to shun them.

Neither brother had any living children to inherit their wealth, and they hatched a plan with their cousin Margaret for Grace to inherit their wealth and keep Margaret in a style she wanted

ARRANGED MARRIAGE

The plan was to marry Grace off, when she came of age, to a Titled or well-connected gentleman who would ensure the brothers’ admission into the society they both craved.

Grace attended a family meeting at Allerton Hall, where her uncle John Hardman informed her of a plan for her arranged marriage. Still a young and frivolous girl, with romance and marriage years away and not on her agenda, she accepted her fate for the time being.

FORBIDDEN ROMANCE

Time passed and Grace’s guardians set about turning her into a lady ready for an arranged marriage. In the meantime, all unsuitable suitors and any potential romance discouraged. Everyone she met had to be approved by her family. But her uncles and aunts didn’t see or notice a romance developing right under their noses. Grace had met and fallen in love with a man she would be willing to die for. And her family had unwittingly introduced her to him – the coachman – John Hazelhurst born 1714 in Frodsham, England.

Romance at allerton. liverpool

Allerton Hall on the left in modern times is now a pub and restaurant. But, can you see how Grace compelled me to write about her romance with John? Especially as I’d moved to live in Frodsham many years earlier, unaware of my connections to the town.

I still believe when Grace visited me when I was so ill, she wanted her story told.

Next time I will tell you how Grace and Johns’ romance progressed under subterfuge and danger.

 

READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS OF GRACE ROSCOE HERE

 

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