000/2126 Mr Warren's photograph album
Mr William Hedley Warren, (1862-1928), was Head Gardener at the Buckinghamshire estate of Aston Clinton for thirty years, in the service of Sir Anthony de Rothschild (1810-1876), his wife Lady Louise (1821-1910), and their children Constance (1843-1931) and Annie (1844-1926).
The Rothschild Archive was fortunate to acquire a private photograph album of Mr Warren. This fascinating volume contains over 220 previously unknown private photographs of Aston Clinton, taken by Mr Warren. The album, compiled between 1896 and 1902 is a tantalising glimpse into his life over these six years.
The album contains Warren family photographs, recording the people, places and events that they held dear. Images of working life show Mr Warren and his staff with their horticultural triumphs, and activity on the estate through the seasons, such as hay-making. The album also includes some remarkable views of buildings and views in Aston Clinton, and the joyful celebrations for the Coronation of 1902.
The mansion at Aston Clinton no longer stands, and very few documents relating to the estate survive, making Mr Warren’s photograph album an important new discovery for the history of this Rothschild property. See Mr Warren's photograph album: memories of a vanished Rothschild estate in The Rothschild Archive Annual Review 2012-2013 for the story behind this new discovery.