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Charles Wicksted


Landowner and breeder. Son of George Tollet and childhood friend of CD’s. Took the name Wicksted in 1814. High-sheriff of Cheshire, 1822. Inherited Betley Hall, Staffordshire, in 1855; continued living at Shakenhurst, Worcestershire, the home inherited by his wife to which he had moved circa 1844. A noted fox-hunter and breeder of hounds.


Blagg 1902

Burke’s landed gentry 1875

R. B. Freeman 1978

Post Office directory of Birmingham 1864.


Blagg, C. J. 1902. A history of the North Staffordshire hounds and country 1825 to 1902. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company.

Burke’s landed gentry: A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank but unvisited with heritable honours. Burke’s genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry. By John Burke et al. 1st–18th edition. London: Henry Colburn [and others]. 1833–1969.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

Post Office directory of Birmingham: Post Office directory of Birmingham, Warwickshire, and part of Staffordshire. Kelly’s directory of Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire. London: W. Kelly; Kelly & Co. 1845–1928.