About the Book

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Paperback, aprox 300 pages, 125 illustrations; 
Available early December 2015

Graffiti Press, 28 Polstead Road, Oxford, OX2 6TN
ISBN: 978-0-9566333-4-7

As Ben Simpson browsed these papers, the history of a remarkable family began to unfold…

 

Yeoman farmers in Westmorland, defending a tower from Scottish invaders… 

Iron and copper miners, the minter of an infamous Irish coinage… 

A Jamaican assayer and pioneer of coal mining in South Wales… 

Quaker ministers, American émigrés, tea merchants, brewers…

Cotton millers, Iron founders, philanthropists, woodcarvers and more…

 

All these tumble down through the centuries and generations, to more modern times when we meet…

Swiss missionaries, German émigrés, dealers in buttons and braids… 

Soldiers, doctors, tile makers, diplomats and dog breeders.

 

This family history culminates in a revealingly candid insight into the career of his father, who served as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for a decade, until his death in service in 1968...

 

In 2014, while visiting the Met’s Heritage Centre, I was given access to Father’s file. In it was a letter that he wrote to Arthur Young, the Commissioner of the City of London Police on 19th November [1968]. The letter was brief, handwritten on ‘crumpled’ paper…  Father wrote, with a touch of wryness despite the seriousness of the situation, thanking the City for ‘coming trespassing with such welcome’. It was the last letter he was to write…

 

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