The Barlow Family

Visit to The Barlow

The Barlow was pleased to receive visits recently from members of the Barlow family:   Claire and Martin Barlow plus Jeremy and his wife Ruth.

Claire, Martin and Jeremy are all descended from Doctor Thomas Barlow through his son James Alan Noel Barlow who was married to Charles Darwin’s granddaughter, Nora, and was a senior member of the Treasury and advisor to Prime Ministers.

Nora herself was a well known botanist and flowers planted at the front of The Barlow include Aquilegia Nora Barlow.

Jeremy’s father, Erasmus, was a neuroscientist who studied Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during World War 2 and became Honorary Consultant in Psychological Medicine at St. Thomas’s Hospital Medical School.

Jeremy and Ruth had not visited Edgworth before and were very fascinated by the building and plans for the future.  Jeremy told us that Doctor Thomas was known in the family as “Old TB”.    He also showed us a clock which was given to Doctor Thomas by Randall Davidson, who became the Archbishop of Canterbury.  They were good friends despite Doctor Thomas being a staunch Methodist.

The clock given to Thomas Barlow by Randall Davidson