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  • IE OCL P131/2/2/2/2/2
  • Item
  • 8 March 1881-17 November 1884
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of letters sent to Benjamin Bloomfield Trench from 1881 until 1884. The file consists of mainly administrative letters but also touches upon personal topics.

A significant proportion of the file contains letters from William Thomas Trench as both he and Benjamin Bloomfield Trench step into the roles left absent by their father. An example of such as case is a letter from William Thomas Trench, Loughton, King's County, dated 7 March 1882 in which he discusses 6 rents cases, 'The Dowager' racehorse and the loss of Henry Trench. He writes 'we are thinking a great deal of how our mother will fear the return of this day with its sad memories to her and to all of us- the absence of his experience wisdom and love seems as fresh as it was when we had just lost them and the thought constantly comes back that we shall some day tell him everything that has happened, as we used to after being away from him for a time'.

On 25 July 1881 William Thomas Trench also sent a letter in which he describes his visit to Kildysart, Co. Clare and The Burren, Co. Clare. In the letter William describes the conditions faced by the local population, 'The people at the former place are in a wretched way. Heavy loses of stock having depressed some of them beyond possibility of [recurring] recovery.'

Administrative letters within the file include a letter from George Drew, 3 Langley Park, Sutton, Surrey regarding checking value of work done before making payments and a letter from Herbert Saunders, 1 Bolton Gardens, South Kensington in regards to paying for repairs.


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/2/2/3
  • File
  • 7 July 1885-9 June 1888
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of letters received by Benjamin Bloomfield Trench from 1885-1888. During 1888 Benjamin Bloomfield Trench visited South Africa as part of his role as Chairman of the South African Trust and Finance Company. Due to this the majority of the file contains letters of introduction from South African acquaintances of Benjamin to other prominent South Africans.

The file also deals with other issues arise from his involvement with the Chairman of the South African Trust. One such example is a letter from E. Mcmurdo to A. D.De Marez Oyens, Amsterdam regarding a dispute between Transvaal and the Portuguese government.

The file also details the day to day administrative business that Benjamin Bloomfield Trench was involved with. The file contains a letter dated 14 January 1885 from Herbert Saunders enclosing half year rent and a letter dated 9 July 1885 from Mary Woolsey, Grantham house, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich, regarding the health of 'Freddy'.


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/2/2/4
  • File
  • 22 February 1889-22 December 1892
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Letters received by Benjamin Bloomfield Trench from 1889 until 1892.

The majority of of the letters within this file deals with the Trench V Fenwick legal case. Dr Bedford Fenwick, 20 Upper Wimpole street, London, accused Benjamin Bloomfield Trench of spreading malicious rumours about him. According to a letter dated 19 April 1890 he states that Benjamin stated that 'he had made love to a certain young lady obtained letters from her jilted her, and then threatened to make them public unless hush money was paid to him'. In a letter dated 11 May 1890 he argues that 'It was evidently part of an organised attempt known to exist on they part of certain scoundrels to prevent all nursing reform' which would consist of amalgamating the Trained Nurses Annuity Fund with the British Nurses Association. The alleged incident took place in front of Lady Eleanor Liddle and Lady Georgiana Bloomfield.

The file also contains letters of an administrative nature.


  • IE OCL P131/2/3/2/6
  • File
  • 1 January 1890-7 April 1899
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of diaries written by Dora Trench which chart the last nine years of her life.

These diaries record the birth of her two daughters. Her eldest daughter Sheelah Trench was born on the 28 May ' 9 am Baby born. Eddie came at 11 p.m yesterday, & staid (sic) here all night also Blanche. Sent for Dr. Brodi about 12 p.m he came straight away again. He came again at 6 a.m & staid (sic) till 10 or 11. Chloroform from 6 till 9, took 2 oz.' The birth of her youngest daughter was recorded in Dora's diary by her husband Benjamin as she was preoccupied.17 Jul 1891 '...6.50 am baby girl born'

Her diary also records the sudden decline in her health and her eventual death in 1899. On the 27 March 1899 Dora writes about her final day before her asthma took hold, 'Shopped in [Brougham] & went to tea with Georgie walked home. Sheelah in with cold. Muriel to tea. Very mild, dull, showery. Thora went to 2nd dancing lesson.' Her death on the 7 April 1899 was recorded by Benjamin Bloomfield Trench who simply writes, 'My darling wife breathed her last at [Glebelands]. '


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/2/2/5
  • File
  • 14 January 1893-October 1896
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of administrative and personal letters sent to Benjamin Bloomfield Trench from 1893 until 1896. The file covers mainly financial and business issues.
The file briefly touches upon personal topics. One such example is is a Telegram from W Campbell to Benjamin at the international hotel in Cape Town inform him of his mother Georgiana Mary Amelia Trench's death.


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/2/2/6
  • File
  • 29 January 1898-24 December 1900
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of business, administrative and personal letters sent to Benjamin Bloomfield Trench.

A large portion of the file concerns Benjamin's interest in horses. Examples of letters dealing with this include a letter dated 23 February 1898 from R. Turnbull, London and North Western Railway, Euston station, London regarding a mare leaving Dublin and traveling to the United Kingdom.

Examples of other letters in the file include an 1898 letter from William Thomas Trench regarding finding a place for a pensioner who is a former police officer; a letter dated 4 April 1898 from Mark King, 16 Seymour Place, Fulham Road,regarding building work; a letter dated 14 December 1900 from A.C Marriott, 12 Werrington street thanking Benjamin for his kindness and three letters from Lady Georgiana Bloomfield regarding a portrait.

File of letters sent to Benjamin Bloomfield Trench upon the death of his wife Dora Trench. The majority of the letters are from Dora's sister Bertha Turnor. Letters of condolence were also sent by K. T Humphreys, The Glebe, Ballynaclough, Nenagh; John H. Montagu, 34. Queen's Gardens, Hyde Park, London, England; Mr Eccles, 37. Buckingham Palace Mansions, London, England; G. Bloomfield, Bloomfield, England; Halton Turnor, Toronto, Canada; and Anna Atkinson, Cangort, Shinrone, Offaly.

18th century letters and papers

Eighteenth-century letters and papers, 1705-1887, of both branches of the Parsons family, but almost all of them deriving from the Parsonses of Parsonstown - excluding the papers of Sir Laurence Parsons, 5th Baronet, later 2nd Earle of Rosse, which constitute Sections C-F.


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/4/1
  • File
  • 3 August 1900-3 April 1904
  • Part of Loughton Papers

Letters to and from Theodora Trench sent during her childhood.
The letters cover a variety of topics and is mostly made up of letters sent to her father Benjamin Bloomfield Trench. In the letters she discusses her trip to St . Paul's Cathedral, London and her stay at Berthorpe, Compton, Guildford, England.
The file also includes two letters from Theodora Trench to 'Tee'.


  • IE OCL P131/2/2/2/2/7
  • File
  • 4 January 1901-24 December 1904
  • Part of Loughton Papers

File of letters received between 1901 and 1904. The file covers a wide variety of topics.

One of the most prominent topics is Benjamin Bloomfield Trench's involvement with horses. Examples of this include a letter dated 4 January 1901 from London & North Western Railway regarding moving two brood mares from Dublin to Epsom and Newport Pagnell by train; a letter from Benjamin Bloomfield Trench to Michael Townsend Cook Trench stating that the horse show committee has excluded Benjamin's halfbred yearling from the sale on the grounds on 29 Aug 1901 and a later telegram from the Royal Dublin Society stating that they will include yearling and a 1904 letter from Philip Purcell stating that he was 'so sorry to learn that you have decided to sell the Loughton stud which will be a great loss to racing men.'

The file also deals with personal and family issues. Examples of such letters include a letter dated 12 January 12 from Anna Atkinson regarding bring Ella on a visit to Loughton; a letter dated 22 March 1904 from Violet Turnor, Urie lodge, Wimbledon regarding a brooch containing Dora Trench's hair, the letter also contains her hair. During 1904 Benjamin Bloomfield Trench was ill and as such the file contains numerous letters expressing relief at his successful recovery.

The file also contains invoices, statements and other financial material.

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