Richard Anstee (BA 2)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Barnet Anstees. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Barnet Anstees fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

BA 2. Richard Anstee: He was born in 1806 in Kensworth to father Richard Anstee (BA 1). He married his cousin Mary Ann Anstee (ED 8 – b c1816 Dagnall, an Edlesborough Anstee) in 1834 in St Pancras, having children:

  • George Anstee (BA 7 – b 1835); 
  • Morgeana Anstee (b 1838, the ‘Derby Mercury‘ 03 October 1860 reported “On the 1st inst at the Cathedral, Manchester, Henry, eldest son of Mr Henry Dore to Morgiana, eldest daughter of Mr Richard Anstee of Barnet, Herts“); 
  • Henry Anstee (BA 8 – b 1841);
  • Josiah Anstee (BA 9 – b 1844); 
  • Emily Anstee (b 1846); and 
  • Charlotte Lydia Anstee (b 1848).

In the 1841 Census the family were at Tapster Street, Chipping Barnet and in the 1851 Census, he was a master bricklayer and shopkeeper living in South Mimms, Barnet, Middlesex with his family.

The ‘Herts Guardian, Agricultural Journal, and General Advertiser‘ on 19 June 1852 reported “UNION STREET, BARNET. USEFUL BREWING PLANT,Beer Caska, Malt Mill, Water Cart, &c., the property of Mr. Thomas Clapton : also a quantity of BUILDING MATERIALS, FURNITuRE and other Effects, the property of Mr. Richard Anstee ; TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION. BY MESSRS, PAGE & CAMERON,“.

The ‘Hertford Mercury and Reformer‘ 11 March 1865 reported that “Mr Richard Anstee of Barnet had won the tender for drainage works, being the lowest price of 9 tenders“.

In the ‘Hertford Mercury and Reformer‘ 21 June 1879 was ““SETTLING” A CASE. John Gransby, of Barnet-common, labourer, was summoned for assaulting an old man named Richard Anstee, of Barnet. On Monday, the 9th inst., complainant applied to the Bench for permission to withdraw the summons, stating that he did not wish to injure the defendant, who had paid him 7s as compensation. The Bench, however owing to the nature of the case, declined to allow it to be withdrawn, and it was accordingly placed on the list for hearing this day. From the evidence it appeared that complainant is the owner of a donkey, which is frequently made the butt of jokes of different kinds, mostly inoffensive. On the 26th of May the complainant was coming across Barnet-common in a cart drawn by the animal in question, when the defendant and several other men began to pull the animal about from one side of the road to the other, and at last he caught hold of the back of the cart and tried to stop the donkey. Complainant thereupon rapped his knuckles with a stick he had in his hand, upon which Gransby caught hold of a hoe which was in the cart and struck Anstee several blows with it, cutting a gash in his arm and injuring his hand. ‘The Bench ordered defendant to pay a fine of 4s.,and 6s. costs.”.

In the 1881 Census he was a builder living with his wife and niece [Edith] Mary Anstee at 28, Union Street, South Mimms. He owned some cottages in Barnet called ‘Anstee’s Cottages’ which he rented out – in 1889 “Richard Anstee of Union Street Barnet vs Charles Bree of Anstee’s Cottages, Barnet – claim to recover possession of a tenement in Barnet“.

He died 11 December 1893 by now living at 112 Moss Lane East, Moss Side where some of his children were living – probate 22 June 1894 to his son Josiah (BA 9) and son in law Henry Dore, baker. The ‘Hendon & Finchley Times‘ 06 July 1894 reported “Estate of the late Mr. Richard Anstee. Barnet,Herts. Freehold Investments. MR.CHARLES SPARROW will SELL by AUCTION, at the Old Salisbury Arms Hotel, Barnet, On Wednesday, July 25th, 1894, at Seven o’clock in the evening, the FREEHOLD PROPERTIES, comprising Shop and dwelling house, situated and being No. 58, Union-street, Barnet, let to Mr. Trim, baker, at a yearly rent of 20 10s per ‘annum, exclusive of outgoings; also seven Dwelling Houses, known as Anstee’s Cottages, Union street, Barnet let to weekly tenants and producing a rental of £74 15s. per annum, inclusive of outgoings. May be viewed by permission of respective tenants, and particulars and conditions and sale obtained of Messrs. Lewin & Co., Solicitors, 32, Southampton- street, Strand, W.C. at the place of Sale, and at the Auctioneer’s Offices, High-street, North Finchley, N

Anstee’s Yard’ in Union Street, Barnet, which was still thus named in the mid-1900s (though seemingly not today), was clearly referencing him.

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