Arthur Whitmore- Jones: A Ward of Chancery

Members of the Whitmore-Jones family and their friends in the Great Hall, mid-19th century

John Henry Whitmore-Jones died in 1853 and Chastleton passed to his eldest son, Arthur.

Arthur was possibly a sufferer of servere epilepsy and was subsequently made a Ward of Chancery. This was a legal arrangement for individuals with money who were not deemed competent to manage it themselves, although it was more commonly used for orphans. 

Entries from the diary of his father, John Henry Whitmore-Jones, show the delicate sate of Arthur's health:

'My wife and myself and all our children, except poor dear Arthur, are all well...Arthur had three fits and two yesterday' Diary entry by John Henry Whitmore-Jones, 1 January 1847

Arthur's mother, Dorothy, was appointed his guardian and took on responsibility for tenants, taxes and rents, as well as running the household. Many of the diary entries from Dorothy's years in charge relate to financial worries and attempts to save money.

Dorothy Whitmore-Jones who ran Chastleton for her son, Arthur
Dorothy Whitmore-Jones who ran Chastleton for her son, Arthur
Dorothy Whitmore-Jones who ran Chastleton for her son, Arthur

Arthur died in July 1857 and Chastleton passed to his younger brother, Willie.