The Peace Family of Castle Hill – Fragments of Memory Page 4 Back to page 3


Nellie married Fred Skull, an antiques dealer and member of the Skull furniture family.  He also became a director in the Peace family tailoring company.  It would have been considered by both families to be a good ‘arrangement’ though possibly, initially, not one based on true love.  The Skull boys had a reputation for philandering.  Fred travelled to America at least twice a year on business so that his Wycombe ties may well have become 'out of sight and out of mind' but whether he took advantage of this situation is not known.  There is no doubt Fred respected Nellie and that they made a good team in their shared interest in renovating their home, Bassetsbury Manor.  They had no children.
Peace and Skulls unite

Florence married the Reverend Hugh Scott Chignell.  It is believed that he and his brothers would visit Castle Hill to play tennis and before long Florence became engaged. It is just possible that he was an acquaintance of the missionary who failed to win the Peace hand some years before because Hugh and Florence were also to travel abroad through Hugh's work for the church. It would appear from photographs and ships’ records that Florence did return home at least once. She died in the 1920s and had no children. Hugh was to become the Very Revd Hugh Scott Chignell, Dean of Kimberley Cathedral, South Africa, from 1935 to 1941.

A photograph still exists of Nellie, Edith and Florence with their fiancés the year all three became engaged.  What a year that must have been! Lilian, the youngest, never married.  After her mother died Castle Hill was sold to Daniel Clarke and Lilian went to look after her father in his new home in Easton Street.
William was the last to marry, in 1905, to Florence Eliza Wane, almost 20 years his junior.  Florence and William met through their mutual friends and relations, the Redingtons, who lived along the London Road at Harlow House. The house was later to become St Bernard’s Convent (now demolished).  As William’s mother had been a ward of the Redington family it was only natural that William would visit them regularly and that they would ‘adopt’ him as one of their own.  During these visits he would join in the activities of the Redington children who were often accompanied by their cousin, Florence Wane. Time passed and one day, when Florence was 22, he told her that he loved her and asked her to marry him.  Go to page 5