Biographical snippets – earliest records


1855-1857 (Annie aged 11-13) – Annie doing watercolours – “… from eleven to thirteen years, Annie used to delight her playfellows, visitors to the house, and the servants with exhibitions of … water-colour drawings.” Source: The Queen, 15 Mar 1890, p371.

May 1857 (Isabel aged 13) – Susan Dacre’s home, the Stamford Arms, Altrincham, being used for a property auction – 1857, 4 May. “… at the house of Mrs. Susan Dacre [Isabel’s mother], known by the sign of The Stamford Arms, in  Altrincham [an auction will take place].” Source: The Guardian, 25 Apr 1957.

The Stamford Arms, pre-redevelopment.

The Stamford Arms ceased trading in 2012, and after a period of dereliction was redeveloped and now trades as The Stamford Public House.

June 1858 – Susan Dacre [Isabel’s mother] “of the Stamford Arms Hotel,” Altrincham, married Henry Race of Oldfield at St. Margaret’s church, Altringham. The church is directly across the road from what was the Stamford Arms Hotel. Source: The Guardian, 24 Jun 1858.


December 1864 (Annie aged 20) – The Robinson family trading at the Vale of Clwyd Hunt Ball, Denbigh – 28/29 December 1864. At Denbigh Free Reading Room (SJ 05052 66082, 46 miles west-south-west of Altrincham) the “annual bazaar … was held in the Assembly Room … Fifth stall by Mrs. Robinson, Miss Annie Robinson and Miss Mills of Manchester … a toilet pin cushion by Mrs. Robinson … A large knitted cotton counterpane, diamond pattern, formed an object of special attraction at this stall. It was worked by Mrs. Robinson, and contained 800,000 stitches! It was sold by raffle … Source: North Wales Chronicle, 31 Dec 1864.

Reading Rooms, Denbigh (Google Earth). The had been built just a couple of years before (