Secrets, Skeletons & Pedigrees: The Extraordinary Satterthwaite Sisters


Spanning counties, grand houses and centuries, William M. Hartley draws on oral and archival sources to give us a fascinating glimpse inside ‘a most singular household’ which adds greatly to the social history of both the North West and England.

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Author of several books, William M. Hartley is a retired solicitor who acted on behalf of the Misses Satterthwaite. In doing so he stumbled across this fascinating story of a privileged and eccentric northern family. Brought up in Buxton and educated in the historic surroundings of Repton School and Queens’ College, Cambridge prompted an early interest in history.

This intriguing book is really a detective story, revealing what turned out to be a most unusual cast of characters and some eyebrow-raising family secrets. It is a story of wealth and privilege, unhealthily close family connections, and pedigrees of both the human and canine varieties. Centre stage are three eccentric, quintessentially English sisters – Letitia, Maud and Mary – whose story vividly captures a way of life that no longer exists.

Author: William M. Hartley
Imprint: Palatine Books
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-910837-25-2
Extent: 128 pages
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Illustrations: 74, colour
Pub. date: 23 September 2019

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