Robert Blake-Humfrey

#46834, b. 6 December 1795, d. 15 October 1886

Individual's Timeline

Birth23 November 1795Robert Blake-Humfrey
Christening6 December 1795Robert Blake-Humfrey1
Death of Father1813Thomas Blake
Marriage24 November 1818George Howes2
Marriage4 August 1838Robert Blake-Humfrey3
Marriage of SonDecember 1873Robert Harvey Mason4
Death15 October 1886Robert Blake-Humfrey
Probate18 February 1887Robert Blake-Humfrey

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Robert was an esquire. This is how he is described in the parish register of Wroxham, where his daughters were christened. At the age of 17 he joined 3rd Regiment The Buffs. He served in the Peninsular War under Wellington and lost his left leg at the passage of the Nive when in command of a company of the 57th. When he died he was described as Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace.
  • Name Variation: He was also known as Robert Blake Robert Blake, Esq., bn. Nov. 23, 1796, took the name of Humfrey. Married Charlotte, da. of Lieut. -Colonel John Harvey of Thorpe Lodge, and succeeded to the Horstead property.
    * This gentleman, whose patronymic is Blake, assumed the additional surname and arms of Humfrey, by Royal licence, 10 Aug. 1847, in compliance with the will of the Rev. John Humfrey, who left him all his estates in Norfolk, Suffolk, &c.
    * The Rev John HUMFREY lived and died in the Close Norwich, and is buried in Wroxham 2nd July 1847. He was 82 when he died.
  • Residence: In 1883 Robert lived in Wroxham House, Wroxham, Norfolk, England. This house is descibed in Keyy's 1883 as - Adjoining Wroxham Broad is Wroxham House, the seat of Robert Blake-Humfrey esq. D.L., J.P. pleasantly situated in the midst of a well-wooded park, and commanding an extensive view of Wroxham Broad, of which he is the principal proprietor.

Census details

  • In the census taken on the night of 30th March 1851, Robert was the head of the household and Charlotte was his wife. The address was Wroxham Hall, Wroxham, Norfolk, England. Their children Margaret, Robert, Thomas, Eleanor, John and Caroline were living with them, along with 2 governesses and 9 servants. The young Robert is named Robert William Blake HUMFREY, and the family's surname is simply HUMFREY.
  • In the census taken on the night of 7th April 1861, Robert was the head of the household and Charlotte was his wife. The address was Wroxham, England. Their children Margaret, Robert, Eleanor, John, Caroline and Isabel were living with them, along with a governess and 10 servants. The young Robert is named Robert H B HUMFREY, and the family's surname is again simply HUMFREY. Margaret is married and her name is RANKING. She has a son with her, Bartran H , aged 2 months.
  • In the census taken on the night of 2nd April 1871, Robert was the head of the household and Charlotte was his wife. The address was Wroxham, England. Their children Robert and Caroline were living with them, along with 7 servants.
  • In the census taken on the night of 3rd April 1881, Robert was the head of the household and Charlotte was his wife. The address was Wroxham, England., along with 8 servants.
Some aspects of Robert Blake-Humfrey's life. In 1883 Robert was one of many subscribers to a booklet entitled "A History, topographical, archaeological genealogical and biographical of the parishes of West and East Bradenham with those of Necton and Holme Hal, from the public Records, Court Rolls Wills, Parish Registers and Private Sources in the County of Norfolk.


Robert Blake-Humfrey's headstone in the St Mary's Churchyard reads Robert Blake Humfrey who lost his leg at the Passage of the Nive
In memory of Robert Blake Humfrey of this Parish, Esquire.
Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace.
As an officer in the 3rd Regiment The Buffs at the age of 17 he served in the Peninsular War under Wellington and lost his left leg at the passage of the Nive when in command of a company of the 57th.
He married Charlotte, the daughter of Colonel Harvey of Thorpe and is survived by seven children.
He lived to a good old age, respected, honoured and beloved.
Born 23rd November 1795.
Died 15th October 1886.
Also of Charlotte, his wife. Born 12th March 1809.Died at the Close House 16th October 1894.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Robert Blake-Humfrey, the son of Thomas Blake (1755-1813) and Theodora Martha Colombine (1756-1801), was born at Horstead in Norfolk on 23 November 1795 and was baptised at Saint George Tombland, Norwich, Norfolk on 6 December of that year. Robert died at St. Faith's, Norfolk on 15 October 1886, aged 90..
  • Research note 02: In 1845 Wroxham House was occupied by Rev John HUMFREY A.M..
  • Research note 03:      Deeds and papers relating to 1 Valentine Street, Heigham
    Date      1830-2002

    Supplemental abstract of title of William Hodgson to an estate in the hamlet of Heigham, Norwich c. 1830
    Covers deeds dated 1823-1829, beginning with a conveyance by William Herring and Philip Meadows Martineau (as trustees appointed by a settlement made in 1792), with the approbation of John Humfrey and his wife Frances, to Isaac Bailey of a piece of ground in Heigham, measuring 17 rods, 1823.
    Watermarked 1830.

    Abstract of title and additional abstract, c. 1851
    Relates to messuages and land in Heigham, deriving title from the will of Richard Humfrey of Thorpe next Norwich, proved in 1766, and the marriage settlement of Revd John Humfrey and Frances Bircham, 1792. This marriage was without issue and John Humphrey (d. 1847) devised the estate to Robert Blake, requesting him to take surname of Humfrey, In 1848, Robert Blake Humfrey conveyed to William Valentine Neale of Heigham, builder, a messuage wherein George Jermy formerly dwelt, and wherein Laurence Golding and Laurence Neale afterwards successively dwelt, with the tenements, stables, outhouses, etc. formerly described as 4 acres 3 roods, but by recent survey 5 acres 24 perches. Neale mortgaged the premises to Mary Scarlett of Norwich in 1850.
    Endorsed as relating to purchase by Mr J. Jay.

    Conveyance by William Valentine Neale and Mary Scarlett to Jonathan Jay of Heigham, bootmaker, and contract between Neale and Jay for sale and purchase of a piece of ground, part of a piece of garden ground late of William Valentine Neale in Heigham containing 5 rods 1 yard, including a moiety of a new road set out at 24 feet wide called Valentine Street, 1851.

    Conveyance on trusts by Jonathan Jay to John Gibson and William Gooderick Gibson of a piece of ground sometime since parcel of a piece of garden ground late of Robert Blake Humfrey and sold by him to William Valentine Neale, with the messuage and other buildings built by Jonathan Jay, 1859

    Abstract of title on purchase by Henry Jay, 1890
    Refers to wills of William Gooderick Gibson (d. 1871) and John Gibson (d.1877), J. Jay's trustees.

    Sale particular for properties in Valentine Street and elsewhere in Norwich, 1890
    Includes contract with Henry Jay for no, 1 Valentine Street, in the occupation of Mr Mace.

    Conveyance by Sarah Ann Gibson, the trustee of Jonathan Jay, deceased, to Henry Jay, 1891
    The property is described as bounded by the Reindeer public house owned by Bullard and Sons toward the north.

    Probate copy of the will of John Hood of 151 Silver Terrace, Bull Close Road, including bequest to his daughter Elizabeth, wife of Henry Jay, 1894

    Papers relating to the redemption of tithe rentcharge by Harry Jay, 1984-5

    Probate copy of will of Henry Jay of 1 Valentine Street, gas fitter, formerly of 72 William Street, Heigham, 1909, and solicitors' bill to Mrs Elizabeth Jay as the executrix, 1909

    Bill to Mrs Jay from F. A. Bower, carpenter, builder and undertaker, of 5 and 7 Valentine Street, for funeral of Harriet Pye and receipt for cemetery fees from City of Norwich Burial Board, 1929

    Grant of administration of the estate of Harriet Pye to Rebecca Doggett, wife of George Francis Doggett, and daughter of George Pye, 1909

    Assent to vesting of no 1 Valentine Steeet by Frederick Augustus Bower of 7 Valentine Street, executor of Elizabeth Jay deceased, to Mrs Rebecca Doggett, of 1 Valentine Street, 1934; solicitors' bill to Mrs Jay's executor, 1934

    Conveyance by way of gift by Mrs Rebecca Doggett of 1 Valentine Street, to Mrs Phyllis Ethel Thompson of 29 Welsford Road, Norwich, 1968

    Copy drawing showing proposed conversion into two self-contained flats for Mrs Thompson, architect not named, n.d.

    Photocopy of part of unidentified map showing planned redevelopment of Valentine Street area and news cutting n.d.: article by Geoffrey Goreham, 'Planners retain spirit of the area', relating to West Pottergate and Grapes Hill, c. 1973

    Conveyance by way of gift, Mrs Phyllis Ethel Thompson to Leslie Alan Sidney Thompson, both of 29 Welsford Road, Norwich, 1984

    Draft sale particulars for 1 and 1a Valentine Street, including photograph of exterior, n.d. [c. 2002].

Children of Robert Blake-Humfrey and Charlotte Harvey


  1. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St George Tombland
    RegisterNumber     191
    DateOfBirth     23 Nov 1795
    BaptismDate     06 Dec 1795
    Forename     Robert
    Sex     M
    FatherForename     Thomas
    MotherForename     Theodora Martha
    FatherSurname     BLAKE
    MotherSurname     COLOMBINE
    FileNumber     4379.
  2. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St George Tombland
    RegisterNumber     42
    MarriageDate     24 Nov 1818
    GroomForename     George
    GroomSurname     HOWES
    GroomCondition     Widower
    GroomOccupation     Clerk
    GroomAbode     Spixworth
    BrideForename     Maria Margaret
    BrideSurname     BLAKE
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    WitnessOneForename     Robert
    WitnessOneSurname     BLAKE
    WitnessTwoForename     Francis John
    WitnessTwoSurname     BLAKE
    Notes     License
    FileNumber     10570.
  3. Free parish registers, online, Marriage Record:
    County Norfolk
    Place Thorpe St Andrew
    Church St Andrew
    Register Number 28
    Marriage Date 04 Aug 1838
    Groom Forename Robert
    Groom Surname BLAKE
    Groom Parish Swafield
    Groom Condition Bachelor
    Groom Occupation Lieut. In The Army
    Bride Forename Charlotte
    Bride Surname HARVEY
    Bride Condition Spinster
    Bride Abode Thorpe Lodge
    Groom Father Forename Rd
    Groom Father Surname BLAKE
    Groom Father Occupation Barrister Of Law
    Bride Father Forename Col.
    Bride Father Surname HARVEY
    Bride Father Occupation ... In Army
    Witness One Forename John
    Witness One Surname HARVEY
    Witness Two Forename Harriot
    Witness Two Surname BLAKISTON
    Notes Other Witnesses: Lucy IVES; Henry JAMES; Charlotte BELLMAN; Charlotte HARVEY; Maria Frances HARVEY. Licence. Both of full age. Grooms Father Deceased
    File Number 6099.
  4. Free parish registers, online, UPCHER      Jane Charlotte            Henstead      4b     497.
  5. Free parish registers, online,      Norfolk
    Place     Wroxham
    Church     St Mary
    RegisterNumber     388
    BaptismDate     12 May 1850
    Forename     Caroline
    Sex     -
    FatherForename     Robert
    MotherForename     Charlotte
    FatherSurname     BLAKE
    MotherSurname     HUMFREY
    FatherOccupation     Esquire
    FileNumber     7350.
  6. International Genealogical Index (IGI), England, Norfolk Parish Registers, 1538-1900
    Image 28.