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Lived: Treemans, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17, UK (51.03196, -0.03138) [English Heritage Building ID: 302579 (Grade II, 1983)]
Ludwell, Waterbury Hill, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 7EG, UK (51.03623, -0.03339) [English Heritage Building ID: 302549 (Grade II, 1983)]
Buried: St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Addington Village Road, Addington, Surrey, CR0 5AS - Opposite the Harvester
Buried alongside: Mary Benson
Find A Grave Memorial# 120733648

Mary Benson was the wife of Revd. Edward White Benson, who during their marriage became Archbishop of Canterbury, i.e. chief bishop of the Church of England and of the worldwide Anglican communion. Gladstone, the British Prime Minister, described her as the ‘cleverest woman in Europe’. They had six children. Their fifth child was the novelist, E. F. Benson, best remembered for the Mapp and Lucia novels (E. F. Benson never married but there is no evidence that he was homosexual, though thought so by many people). Another son was A. C. Benson, the author of the lyrics to Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory and master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. Their sixth and youngest child, Robert Hugh Benson, became a presbyter in the Church of England before converting to Roman Catholic Christianity and writing many popular novels. Their daughter, Margaret Benson was an artist, author and amateur Egyptologist. None of the children married. After her husband's death in 1896 Mary set up household at Treemans, South of Horsted Keynes, Surrey, with Lucy Tait, daughter of the previous archbishop of Canterbury, Archibald Campbell Tait. Lucy had first moved in with the Bensons in 1889. They lived together until Mary’s death when Lucy moved to Ludwell, which had just been enlarged and restored by Mrs. C.B.O. Clarke, to live with her sister Edith, widow of Randall Davidson. Mary and Lucy are both buried at St Mary the Blessed Virgin Churchyard, Addington, England.
Together from 1889 to 1918: 29 years.
Lucy Sydney Murray Tait (February 11, 1856 - December 5, 1938)
Mary “Minnie” Sidgwick Benson (1841 – June 15, 1918)



Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
ISBN-10: 1500563323
Release Date: September 21, 2014
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After the death of Revd. Edward White Benson, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1896 his widow, Mary Benson (1841-June 15, 1918), set up household at Treemans with Lucy Tait, daughter of the previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Archibald Campbell Tait. They lived together until Mary’s death in 1918.
Addresses:
Treemans, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17, UK (51.03196, -0.03138) [English Heritage Building ID: 302579 (Grade II, 1983)]
Ludwell, Waterbury Hill, Horsted Keynes, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH17 7EG, UK (51.03623, -0.03339) [English Heritage Building ID: 302549 (Grade II, 1983)]
Place
The original portion of Treemans is XVI century and timber-framed but now mostly tile-hung, though the timbering with red brick infilling is exposed in one place. The old XVII Century manor house lies to the South of Horsted Keynes with the avenue of ancient Scotch firs, and was originally owned by the Wyatt family, infamous in the days of Elizabeth I, and famed for poetry and statesmanship. The small wing of grey stone was built by Thomas Wyatt, kinsman of the poet. The rest of the brickwork was completed in the XVII century. The interior is mostly panelled in oak, partly Elizabethan and partly William and Mary, with large open fireplaces backed with old Sussex ironwork. In one of the chimneys a small chamber still exists which is said to have been used as a priest hiding place or "priest hole.” One large room is thought to have formed the upper part of the original great hall with its ancient beams and vaulted roof, presumably dated back to the XIV or XV century. The whole property is described by A.C. Benson, author of "Land of Hope and Glory,” elder son of Archbishop Benson whose widow lived at Treemans for many years, as “An almost incredibly picturesque house.” Treemans is an L-shaped building. The south front of the south-east wing is faced with ashlar with long and short quoins and a large brick chimney breast. The north-east wing has a projection of 2 storeys with a gable on its east side which is the end of the Elizabethan part of the house. Beyond this the wing was been extended to the east in the late XVII century and refaced or enlarged on its north-west face. This front has 3 storeys and 5 windows. Red brick and grey headers. Stone stringcourse above each floor. Brick parapet. Casement windows with stone keystones and small square leaded panes. Doorway with semi-circular doorsteps, door of 8 fielded panels and flat hood over. The north gable end of this wing has moulded bargeboards and brackets with the date 1693 and a brick stringcourse. Ludwell is a XVII century or earlier timber-framed building with plaster infilling and tiled canopy on brackets above ground floor. Tiled roof. Casement wiwowa. Two storeys. Three windows. East wall faced with ashlar with red brick chimney breast having 3 stacks. After Mary’s death, Lucy moved to Ludwell, which had just been enlarged and restored by Mrs. C.B.O. Clarke, to live with her sister Edith, widow of Randall Davidson.



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532906312
ISBN-10: 1532906315
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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The church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin Church, built in 1080, in Addington village was once the only church when it was the centre of a larger parish then incorporating Shirley.
Address: Addington Village Road, Opposite the Harvester, Addington, Surrey, CR0 5AS, UK (51.35843, -0.03224)
Type: Cemetery (open to public)
Hours: Tuesday 20.00-21.00, Friday 13.30-15.00, Sunday 08:00–08:30, 09:30–10:30, 14:30–16:00
Phone: +44 1689 842167
English Heritage Building ID: 399377 (Grade II, 1966)
Place
Who: Mary Benson, née Sidgwick (1841 – June 15, 1918)
After her husband’s death in 1896 Mary set up household with Lucy Tait, daughter of the previous archbishop of Canterbury, Archibald Campbell Tait, who had first moved in with the Bensons in 1889. Mary died in 1918, Lucy in 1938, and they are both buried at St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Addington. Now the church ministers to the people living in the more immediate vicinity that includes Addington village, the southern elevation of and escarpment running down from the Addington Hills, the residences along Fieldway on the northernmost part of the New Addington estate, Addington and Forestdale. It has an XI century chancel and windows. The south aisle, built in the early XIII century, is narrow as it once had a thatched roof, hence its falling roofline. The belltower assumed its current form in 1876. The church tower has a belfry with 6 bells, the earliest probably dating from 1380 as well as two XVII Century bells. The bells were restored in 1957. The chancel was richly decorated in 1898 in memory of Archbishop Benson. The crypt is now inaccessible, but the church is the burial place of a Lord Mayor of the City of London, the armigerous Leigh family who were Lords of the manor, and five of the six Archbishops of Canterbury who spent time at their residence nearby of Addington Palace. The Archbishops interred at St Mary’s are:
Archbishop Charles Manners-Sutton – Died 1828 (buried in a vault under the vestry.)
Archbishop William Howley – Died 1848 (buried in the chancel.)
Archbishop John Bird Sumner – Died 1862 (buried in the churchyard.)
Archbishop Charles Longley – Died 1868 (buried in the churchyard.)
Archbishop Archibald Campbell Tait – Died 1882 (buried in churchyard.)
There is also a memorial to the Archbishops in the graveyard.



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
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ISBN-10: 1532906315
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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