We Get Postcards

Recently, we linked to some historic Clutterbuck letters submitted by Timothy Walker, who has now sent in some interesting Clutterbuck postcards addressed over a hundred years ago to Clutterbucks in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

1). Dated 1902. Posted Goucester. To Miss Clutterbuck, Russell Street Stroud, Glos. A photo of Gloucester Cathedral with a personal note and signed N.R.P.

2) Dated 1902. Posted what appears to be SORN BRW. To Mrs A. Clutterbuck Russell Street Stroud Glos. A photo of National Gallery London. with a personal note and signed G.

3) Dated 1903. Posted Bridgewater Somerset. To Mrs Clutterbuck 2 Russell Street Stroud Gloucestershire. A photo of Cheapside London. With a personal note and signed M.

"These three postcards were purchased in the mid 1990s at a car boot sale by a friend of mine, who knew of my interest in the family of Clutterbuck," wrote Tim Walker, a Cluterbuck descendant and genealogy researcher who sent us these wonderful digital images.

Thanks so much, Tim. It would be interesting to learn from Clutterbucks who might be reading this blog, if they are perhaps related to the people who sent or received these postcards.

The Hounds of Hornby Castle

Hundreds of supporters gathered to watch the 110-year old hunt and its harrier hounds meet at Hornby Castle, for the last time, before the ban on hunting with dogs came into force earlier this year.

Surrounded by his pack of baying dogs, whose ancestors had hunted throughout the area over 100 years, Master of the Hunt, Clive Richardson, also voiced his anger at the ban.

"I am heart broken, this is the end of everything - it is part of our life and our history. I cannot understand this government that wants to stop everything that is English," he said, according to local reports of the final hunt.

In the latter part of the most recent century the estate of Hornby Castle was owned by Roger Clutterbuck, Esquire, who figures among the contemporary people of distinction in the updated edition of Burke's Landed Gentry and was featured in Issue 26 of Country Life in 1989. R.E.H. Clutterbuck was actively involved in the historic sport of fox hunting, not only granting permission for the use of Hornby Castle for numerous hunts, but also as a judge.

But the Vale of Lune Harriers have had their historic last hunt and are now chasing scented fell runners, after the ban on hunting with dogs became the law of the land. Here's how one local paper described the end of an era.
The hunt gathered at Hornby Castle where the Vale of Lune Harriers officially began 110 years ago.

Clive Richardson, master huntsman who bred the hounds, said: "I have bred every hound here today and when I take them back to the kennel it will be for the last time."

However, the Vale of Lune Harriers will continue to hunt using a pack of the Three Counties Bloodhounds which follow a scent without killing the animal.

On Saturday a fell runner was given a 20-minute head start and the hounds were released. The bloodhounds followed the scent of the runner's shoes.

Mr Richardson said: "This is as close as you can get to replicating the hunt, but it is the unpredictability of the hunt that attracts people. "With the bloodhounds it is now just a cosmetic exercise."

Hounds used in the hunt will be continued to be bred at the kennels in Hornby to keep the original lineage alive.

Mr Richardson said: "Hunting has to survive until a day when the tradition can be reinstated."

Clutterbuck's role in the early days of NATO

In a column written a few years ago, a Canadian journalist noted the diplomatic role of a Clutterbuck in the discussions leading up to the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
It was a letter delivered by the delightfully named Sir Alexander Clutterbuck, the British high commissioner to Canada, that set things rolling. In that letter, British Prime Minister Clement Atlee formally proposed to [Canada's Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie] King a meeting with the United States on a North Atlantic alliance.

Talks got under way in earnest in Washington in the spring of 1948, and, from that point on, Canada, having done its usual matchmaking gig, moved obediently to the sidelines.
You can read more about Sir Alexander Clutterbuck here, too.