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Onesiphorous RANDALL

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Unknown Report 25 May 2013 09:13

In his Will he mentions "real property" at Liverpool in the county of Lancaster. Can anyone please suggest how I might identify this?


Unknown Report 24 May 2013 18:58



GenealogyResearchAssistance Report 24 May 2013 17:19

I love his name :-D


Unknown Report 24 May 2013 16:29

Many thanks for those magnificent replies all of which require further investigation


LadyKira Report 24 May 2013 13:34


Loads of stuff on the net.

How lucky to have such a well documented ancestor.


Reggie Report 24 May 2013 13:29

For all such, google , google...........


LadyKira Report 24 May 2013 13:16

more here


LadyKira Report 24 May 2013 13:12

Globe Tavern, 33 Brunswick Street, Poplar, E14

Poplar index

This pub was present by 1656 and was demolished in around 1878 to accommodate railway development. **

A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Poplar, London - in East London. The Poplar, East London listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.


LadyKira Report 24 May 2013 13:05

more on

The Folly of Onesiphorus Randall
lord of the manor of Salthouse

including pictures.


LadyKira Report 24 May 2013 13:03

Remembering Onesiphorus and his folly

By Peter Brooks

Anyone with the Christian name Onesiphorus deserves to succeed in life, for it means "bringing profits".

This was certainly true of Onesiphorus Randall, born in Cley on August 11, 1798 and the youngest of five children, On leaving school he went to London, entered the building trade and subsequently made his fortune from speculative development.

On returning to Norfolk he bought woodlands House in Holt - now part of Gresham's School - before acquiring Kelling Old Hall (now ruined) and the associated title of Lord of the Manor.

This is, however, not why he is remembered. His local claim to fame came through his decision to build, about 1860, a castle-like sructure on Salthouse beach. Just why he did so is not clear although his reputed penchant for entertaining the ladies has been suggested as one reason!

Photographs of the time show it to be a most unusual structure with double carriage doors back and front. This enabled Onesiphorus to drive straight through in order to turn his horse and carriage round ready to return again through the house and over a bridge which connected with Beach Road.

The building became known as Randalls' Folly although villagers, because no doubt of the romantic dalliances which took place there, knew it by a much scaucier and descriptive name!

Onesiphorus died in Poplar, London, in November 1873. His "castle" was bought by the then Board of Trade for use as a coastguard station. It was subsequently sold off to become a holiday home. During the 1953 floods it was rendered unsafe and demolished.


LadyKira Report 24 May 2013 13:01

Lots of info here.


Unknown Report 24 May 2013 12:16

I have just discovered a reference to the above in The Survey of London. In chapter 18: Old Blackwall, he is mentioned as the proprietor in the early 1830s of a horse-omnibus business based at the Globe Tavern. He sold the business in 1835 and the Globe site was cleared in the late 1970s for the Midland Railway Co's goods station.
Does anyone know anything about this enterprise?