Author Topic: Insley family of Dersingham (Docking RD)  (Read 1222 times)

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Insley family of Dersingham (Docking RD)
« on: Sunday 05 February 12 11:52 GMT (UK) »
Back in 2009 there was apparently some interest in this family.  I have been compiling some records in conjunction with the local (Hunstanton, Norfolk) Catholic church history.  This very definitely involves Miss Alice Insley, daughter of policeman James.  I can pass on details if there is someone interested.

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Re: Insley family of Dersingham (Docking RD)
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 25 January 20 14:25 GMT (UK) »
Hi, i am very interested to learn more about the Insley family, as i am now living in their home in Dersingham. Thanks

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Re: Insley family of Dersingham (Docking RD)
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 25 January 20 16:23 GMT (UK) »
Alice Isabella Insley came as a small girl to Dersingham from London; her father was a policeman.  For many years she was headteacher at Snettisham and among her many interests was a love of music.  She would cycle to the Catholic Church in Hunstanton to play the organ there.  It was a fervent wish of Miss Insley that there should be a Catholic Church in her own village.  The lady took a keen - and successful interest in the Stock Exchange.  When she died in 1984 aged 93, she left a considerable sum to the Catholic Diocese for a church to be built in Dersingham - preferably in her garden.  If it was not used within a certain period, it was to be divided up amongst a variety of  Catholic charities.  The Diocese found the bequest something of an embarrassment.  It was thought there were not enough Catholics and certainly not enough priests but eventually, rather than lose the money, land was purchased (the site of the Dun Cow pub).  The church was named after the patron saint of music (St Cecilia) and the first Mass celebrated there in November 1990.  She is buried at Hunstanton.