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Re: the 22 druces!
Posted by: Patrick Darby Date: March 17, 2002 at 15:57:26
In Reply to: Re: the 22 druces! by Di Carter of 103

I may be able to shed some light about the 22 Druces. They were the children of Charles Druce, Solicitor to Dulwich College (London SE21) for 57 years (from 1788 to 1845). Reputedly, one of his 22 children died, and he then fathered another. A portrait of him 'by Mr Briggs' was presented by his family to the College in 1846, and hung in the ante-room of the Old College. I don't know where it is now.

I wrote a book about some of the houses on Dulwich Common a couple of years ago, called 'The Houses In-Between'. Alexander Devas Druce, copper smelter and merchant, figures in this as the occupant of 'Brightlands' (as it is now called), at the junction with Gallery Road, the house being designed for him by Charles Barry junior (son of Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament). He lived there with his spinster sister Ann, twelve years older than him. Until I saw these messages I had supposed him to be a bachelor, as none of the Censuses refer to any wife or children.

At the other end of this part of Dulwich Common, at the junction with College Road, lived John Druce and his family, at 'Corner House' (now demolished). John, another son of Charles Druce, was Solicitor to the College in succession to his father. Next door to him were yet more Druces, so for a time in the 1870s they seemed to dominate this part of Dulwich! There are twelve Druces named in the Index to my book.
Patrick Darby

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