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Rookes Crompton Stansfield, William, Sir

Sir William Rookes Crompton Stansfield
Date Undated
Location Esholt
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William was born in 1790, the son of Joshua Crompton and Anna Maria Rookes.
He was educated at Harrow where he became Head Boy and then Cambridge University.
This was followed by a fleeting career as a politician and MP for Huddersfield.
In 1824 he married Emma Markham, the couple had no children.
    He was most unhappy about the intrusion of the Leeds to Bradford railway as it crossed the Esholt estate in 1846 and again in 1860 when it the Otley/Ilkley line was proposed, the case was taken to Parliament but the decision was not in William's favour, the Midland Railway Company proceeded  to build the line.
Frustrated by the noise and disturbance he purchased the Frimley Park estate in Surrey and went to live there.
     He died at Frimley Park in 1871, a nephew Major General William Henry Crompton Stansfield inherited the Esholt estate.

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