- 1679-1947 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.24 cubic metres
Name of creator
The Hawke family’s connection to Womersley began in 1798 when Edward, 3rd Baron Hawke, married Frances Anne, daughter and sole heiress of Stanhope Harvey, Esq, of Womersley Park in Yorkshire. From this marriage Edward Hawke inherited both Womersley Park and the additional surname Harvey to become Edward Harvey Hawke.
The 3rd Baron was the grandson of naval officer Edward Hawke, the son of a London barrister who became First Lord of the Admiralty, 1766-1771, and Admiral of the Fleet, 1768-1781. In 1776 he had been created Baron Hawke of Towton in the County of York.
Edward Harvey Hawke died on 29 November 1824 and was succeeded by his eldest son Edward William Harvey Hawke, 4th Baron Hawke. He had only one surviving child, a daughter Frances Cassandra who in 1870 married Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse. As a result the Womersley estate passed to the Rosse family of Birr Castle whilst the title of Baron Hawke continued to descend through the direct male Hawke line.
In 1930 the Womersley estate consisted of the Hall and Park, 25 farms, 8 smallholdings, 56 cottages and two quarries.