Henley-in-Arden is a small town in Warwickshire, England. The name is a reference to the former Forest of Arden. In the 2001 census the town had a population of 2,011. Henley is known for its variety of historic buildings, some of which date back to medieval times and wide variety of preserved architectural styles; the one mile long High Street of Henley is a conservation area. Henley-in-Arden is 9 miles west of the county town of Warwick, 15 miles southeast of Birmingham, 9 miles east of Redditch and 9 miles north of Stratford upon Avon, it is located in a valley of the River Alne, which separates Henley from the adjacent settlement of Beaudesert. Henley and Beaudesert form a single entity, share a joint parish council, although Beaudesert is a separate civil parish; the town lies at a crossroads between the A3400 and the A4189 roads and is the starting point for the circular Arden Way path. It lies on the Heart of England Way. Henley Sidings is a nature reserve managed by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust.
In the 2001 census the population of the civil parish of Henley-in-Arden was 2,011. Whilst the population of its urban area which includes Beaudesert was 2,797. Henley-in-Arden may not have existed until the 12th century; the first record of the town is in a legal instrument drawn during the reign of Henry II. It was a hamlet of Wootton Wawen, on Feldon Street, the original route out of the Forest of Arden. In the 11th century, a Thurstan de Montfort constructed Beaudesert Castle, a motte and bailey castle, on the hill above Beaudesert. In 1140, the Empress Matilda granted the right to hold a market at the castle and Henley soon became a prosperous market town, conveniently located on the busy Birmingham-to-Stratford road. In 1220 in the reign of Henry III, the lord of the manor, Peter de Montfort, procured the grant of a weekly Monday market and an annual fair to last two days, for the town; the initial prosperity came to an end however during the Second Barons' War when, in 1265, Peter de Montfort died fighting at the Battle of Evesham.
The royalist forces won, the town and castle were burnt in reprisal. The town and castle recovered however and Henley became a borough in 1296. In 1315 all of the recorded townsfolk were freemen; the King stayed at the castle for 7 days in January 1324. By 1336 the market was so prosperous that the inhabitants were able to obtain a licence from Edward III to impose a local sales tax on all goods brought to the market, for a period of three years, in order to pay for the cost of paving the streets; the Lord of the Manor, Peter de Montfort 3rd Baron Montfort, as Commissioner of Array for Warwickshire sent 160 archers to the Battle of Crecy during the Hundred Years' War in 1346. By the 15th century, the lords of the manor were the Boteler family. Ralph Boteler, 1st Baron Sudeley obtained a charter from Henry VI in 1449, confirming the grant of the new weekly market, a grant for two annual fairs; the town suffered another misfortune during the English Civil War, when in 1643 Prince Rupert, in charge of the Royalist forces, marched his soldiers through the town in 1643 on his way to Birmingham and pillaged the neighbourhood.
As a non-chartered market town, Henley's administration was based upon a manorial court. Under the lord of the manor were a high bailiff, a low bailiff, a third-borough, a constable, pairs of ale-tasters, leathersealers, brook lookers and affearors; these local borough officials were chosen annually by a meeting of former bailiffs and constables, were members of the jury of the biannual court leet. The bailiff, accompanied by his predecessors, would formally open the annual town fair; the town hall was inherited from a medieval Guild. The records of the court leet and the court baron in Henley date from 1592 onwards; the court rolls are concerned with modest problems, such as preventing the poor from migrating into the town, the ringing of loose pigs, the prevention of horses being parked in the streets. The poor were a significant problem for Henley's court leet. In the early 17th century there was a marked increase in the landless poor, squatting on commons and on wasteland in the Forest of Arden, such people were regarded as violent and criminal by townsfolk.
Between 1590 and 1620 there were a disproportionate number of people, relative to the size of the population, presented by the court leet for engaging in violent affray, something which Underdown states to be "surely no coincidence". In Love's Labours Lost Rosaline says "Better wits have worn plain Statute Caps.". This is believed to be a reference to events in Henley during the writing of that play, before its publication, when the denizens of Henley were prosecuted in the court leet for being in breach of a statute that required the wearing of woollen caps on Sundays and other holy days. By 1814, Henley had a weekly market every Monday, three annual fairs, a population in 1811 of 1,055. Although the castle no longer remains, several other historical buildings and structures still exist in the town, such as the parish churches of St. Nicholas and St. John the Baptist, the 15th century Guildhall, the medieval market cross (much of the
Henley is a small village just north of Ipswich in Suffolk, England. Henley is positioned on a hill between two valleys. To the west of the village is a hill that extends down to the villages of Claydon and Barham situated in the Gipping Valley. East of the village is the Fynn Valley; the main Henley Road runs through the centre of the village and provides good transport links with Ipswich. The road connects the outer lying villages of Debenham and Gosbeck to the county town. Just outside the village is Rede Lane which runs down the hill to Claydon and provides access to the A14. There was a church in Henley at the time William the Conqueror had the Domesday Survey prepared, there were three manors within the village; the body of the present church dates from the 13th century, the porch having been added in the 15th century and the tower in the early 16th century when the village was known as Hendley. The vestry on the north side of the church was added in 1838 and the outer wall on the south of the churchyard is dated 1900.
In the last 150 years there have been major renovations in 1846, 1895. 1904 and 2005 The church interior had been decorated in 1969 and 1993 but has just been redecorated in 2008. On the nave walls and ceiling old style lime wash was used rather than emulsion paint, removed in October 2008. Electric lighting was installed in 1946 and the whole building rewired in 1983; the roof required extensive repairs in 1959 and the nave was replaced and retiled in 2005, when the opportunity was taken to upgrade the lighting throughout the church. At the same time, more modern and efficient heating was installed; the chancel roof was retiled in November 2007 under the'chancel tax' legislation - http://www.cofe.anglican.org/about/churchlawlegis/faq/landfaq.html It is thought that the roof would have been thatched at one time but is known to have been tiled since 1900. As one approaches the church, the perpendicular style tower can be seen. From the inscription above the west door asking for prayers for Thomas Sekeford and his second wife Margarete, it can be assumed that it was built at his expense.
The Seckford arms, a pair of scissors or shears, appear between the letters. He is buried at Great Bealings; the Seckford family gave generously to the town of Woodbridge. On the left, a symbol of a key links with St. Peter; the west window was repaired in 1872 but the original shape was retained. The decorative flintwork on the buttresses of the tower is considered to be a good example of such work; the stone and flintwork of the tower were refurbished in 1980 at a cost of £9,000. This included repointing the Elizabethan brickwork around the top of the tower; the flag pole came from HMS Ganges in 1902, a naval training establishment in Shotley for a number of years. This is surmounted by a weathervane in the form of St. Peter's Key. On top of the tower is a plaque recording the replacement of the lead on the tower in 1772; the "plummers" bill for the work was £18 18s 9d. Both the flagpole and weathervane have had major repair work, resulting in removing and replacing the lead on the tower; the present electric clock was installed in 1973 and made to strike the hours in 1976.
For up to 300 years there was a turret clock with a six-foot pendulum which needed to be wound up regularly. This was taken out. In June 2008 the clock was replaced with an up-to-date 24-hour system. Between the tower and the porch on a corner stone nine feet above ground level can be seen an old scratch dial. Above the entrance to the porch, in a niche, there is a statue of St. Peter; this is believed to have been put there during the renovation of 1895 as the niche was known to be empty in 1886. The porch, built before the tower, is not of the same high standard of workmanship. There are indications; the carving above the entrance to the church is Norman but the pointed top suggests to scholars that it belonged to a wider door and was re-used, making a more pointed arch on the narrower door when the porch was built. On the left of the door it is obvious that a carved piece of stone has been re-used to infill the wall. On the right there is an indication of the remains of a stoup, for worshippers to bless themselves before entering the church.
On the left is a list of vicars since 1315, about the time of the building of the present church. One wooden plaque above the door commemorates the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977, with a second added in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee; the latter was carved in lime wood, grown on a Suffolk estate. It was designed and carved by the church's organist and choirmaster as a gift to the church to mark 15 years of service. There is a list showing the gentlemen, who made the kneelers used in the church; the porch was renovated about 1846 and repaired again in 1981. A new doorstep was installed to mark the 2000 millennium; the eight-sided font was a replacement in the 1840s although it is considered that an earlier base was re-used. In 1990 four of the pews at the back of the church were reduced in width to give more room to the families around the font; the gallery at the west end was altered in 1846, upgraded to health and safety standards in 2006. It jutted further into the church. In earlier days the Sunday School children sat up there during services.
The glass screen was inserted in 1973 sealing off the ringing chamber but leaving the bell ringers visible. Henley is justifiably proud of i
Crewkerne is a town and electoral ward in Somerset, situated 9 miles south west of Yeovil and 7 miles east of Chard in the South Somerset district close to the border with Dorset. The civil parish of West Crewkerne includes the hamlets of Henley; the town lies on the River A30 road and West of England Main Line railway. The earliest written record of Crewkerne is in the 899 will of Alfred the Great who left it to his youngest son Æthelweard. After the Norman conquest it was held by William the Conqueror and in the Domesday Survey of 1086 was described as a royal manor. Crewkerne Castle was a Norman motte castle; the town grew up in the late mediaeval period around the textile industry, its wealth preserved in the fifteenth century Church of St Bartholomew. During the 18th and 19th centuries the main industry was cloth making, including webbing, sails for the Royal Navy. Local ecological sites include the Bincombe Beeches Local Nature Reserve and the Millwater biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Crewkerne railway station is served by South Western Railway on the main south western railway line. There are local supermarkets and local shops, some local industry; the town is the birthplace of several notable people and has varied cultural and sporting facilities including those at Wadham Community School. The name Crewkerne is thought to be derived from Cruc-aera; the town was known as Crocern, or Cruaern in the 899 will of Alfred the Great when he left it to his younger son Æthelweard, by 1066 the manor was held by Edith Swanneck mistress of King Harold. After the Norman conquest it was held by William the Conqueror and the church estate was given to the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in Caen, Normandy. In the Domesday Survey of 1086 it was described as a royal manor. In 1499, John de Combe, a precentor of Exeter Cathedral and former vicar of Crewkerne, founded Crewkerne Grammar School; the school survived until 1904. The parish was part of the hundred of Crewkerne. Crewkerne Castle was a Norman motte castle on a mound to the north-west of the town, known as Castle Hill.
The town grew up in the late mediaeval period around the textile industry, its wealth preserved in its fifteenth century parish church. It prospered as a coaching stop in the Georgian period; the Manor Farmhouse in Henley was built from hamstone in the early 17th century, but incorporates medieval fragments. The building is designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building. During the 18th and 19th centuries the main industry was cloth making, including webbing, sails for the Royal Navy; the town council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime and traffic; the parish council's role includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance and improvement of highways, footpaths, public transport, street cleaning.
Conservation matters and environmental issues are the responsibility of the council. The town falls within the non-metropolitan district of South Somerset, formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, having been Crewkerne Urban District; the district council is responsible for local planning and building control, local roads, council housing, environmental health and fairs, refuse collection and recycling and crematoria, leisure services and tourism. This electoral ward includes Misterton and at the 2011 Census had a population of 7,826; the Town Hall occupies the lower part of the Victoria Hall in the Market Square. The Hamstone building was rebuilt around 1742, altered in 1836, when a south piazza was added after the demolition of the shambles. In 1848-9 it became a museum, reading room and library and was remodelled in 1900 by Thomas Benson of Yeovil to create shops and offices, it is a Grade II listed building. Somerset County Council is responsible for running the largest and most expensive local services such as education, social services, the library, public transport, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning, although fire and ambulance services are provided jointly with other authorities through the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and Somerset Constabulary and the South Western Ambulance Service.
It is part of the Yeovil county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament by the first past the post system of election, part of the South West England constituency of the European Parliament which elects six MEPs using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation; the town lies west of the River Parrett. The main residential areas are around the town centre with Kithill and Park View to the South and Wadham Park to the North. In the northern outskirts of the town is the Bincombe Beeches 5 hectares Local Nature Reserve. Which is managed by the town council and includes a line of beech trees, some of which are between 150 and 200 years old. Between 2002 and 2005 grants were obtained to improve access to the site and support the planting of new trees; the Millwater biological Site of Special Scientific Interest consists of a complex mosaic of pasture, wet grassland, tall-herb fen, standin
Henley Royal Regatta
Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held annually on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England. It was established on 26 March 1839, it differs from the three other regattas rowed over the same course, Henley Women's Regatta, Henley Masters Regatta and Henley Town and Visitors' Regatta, each of, an separate event. The regatta lasts for five days ending on the first weekend in July. Races are head-to-head knock out competitions, raced over a course of 1 mile 550 yards; the regatta attracts international crews to race. The most prestigious event at the regatta is the Grand Challenge Cup for Men's Eights, awarded since the regatta was first staged; as the regatta pre-dates any national or international rowing organisation, it has its own rules and organisation, although it is recognised by both British Rowing and FISA. The regatta is organised by a self-electing body of Stewards, who are former rowers themselves. Pierre de Coubertin modelled elements of the organisation of the International Olympic Committee on the Henley Stewards.
The regatta is regarded as part of the English social season. As with other events in the season, certain enclosures at the regatta have strict dress codes; the Stewards’ Enclosure has a strict dress code of lounge suits for men. Entries for the regatta close at 6:00 pm sixteen days before the Regatta. In order to encourage a high quality of racing, create a manageable race timetable and to ensure that most crews race only once a day, each event has a limited number of places. Qualifying races are held on the Friday before the regatta; the regatta's Committee of Management decides at its absolute discretion which crews are obliged to qualify. The qualifying races take the form of a timed processional race up the regatta course, with the fastest crews qualifying. Times are released for non-qualifying crews only; this does not stop an enthusiastic band of unofficial timers with synchronised watches working out how fast their first round opposition might be. If it is apparent that there are a number of outstanding crews in an event, they may be'selected' by the Stewards, to prevent them from meeting too early in the competition.
The regatta insists that selection is not the same as seeding, the main difference being that there is no'rank order' as is the case in, for example, a tennis tournament. The draw is a public event that takes place in the Henley town hall at 3 pm on the Saturday before the regatta. For each event the names of all selected crews are placed on pieces of paper which are drawn at random from the Grand Challenge Cup; these crews are placed on pre-determined positions on the draw chart, as far apart as possible. The remaining qualifying crews are drawn from the cup, filling in from the top of the draw chart downwards, until all places have been filled; each event in the regatta takes the form of a knockout competition, with each race consisting of two crews racing side by side up the Henley course. The course is marked out by two lines of booms, which are placed along the river to form a straight course 2,112 metres long; the course is wide enough to allow two crews to race down with a few metres between them.
As such it is not uncommon for inexperienced steersmen or coxswains to crash into the booms costing their crew the race. The race begins at the downstream end of Temple Island, where the crews attach to a pair of pontoons; the race umpire will call out the names of the two crews and start them when they are both straight and ready. Each crew is assigned to row on either the'Bucks' or'Berks' side of the race course; the coxswains or steersmen are expected to keep their crew on the allocated side of the course at all times during the race, else they risk disqualification. The only exception is when a crew leads by a sizeable margin and is not deemed by the umpire to be impeding the trailing crew. There are several progress markers along the course. Intermediate times are recorded at two of them – "the Barrier" and "Fawley", in addition to the time to the finish; the regatta has official commentary, announced at these points along the course. The commentary is renowned for being unemotional and factual, with the commentator only allowed to announce the rate of striking, which crew is leading, the distance between the crews, the progress marker which the crews are passing.
Henley Royal Regatta has always been raced over a distance of ‘about one mile and 550 yards’ from Temple Island upstream towards Henley Bridge. However, four distinct courses have been used over the regatta's history, with smaller changes being made incrementally. Changes to the course have all been aimed at improving the prospects for safe racing; this ran from a point just upstream of Temple Island. At the first regatta in 1839, the finish line was Henley Bridge itself, but it was quickly realised that this had inherent problems. From 1840 onward the finish was moved downstream slightly. A grandstand was erected for their guests outside the Red Lion. Other spectators could watch from the adjacent roadway while those with carriages surveyed the scene from a vantage p
Henley, New South Wales
Henley is a suburb on the lower North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Henley is located 9 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the Municipality of Hunter's Hill. Henley sits on the northern side of the Parramatta River; the suburb's name is derived from its namesake Henley, by the banks of the Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Parramatta River had been known as the'Thames of the Antipodes' and other nearby suburbs were named after Thames localities of Greenwich and Putney. Henley was known as Blandville, after Dr William Bland, transported for killing a fellow naval officer in a duel. Bland was pardoned in 1815 and began a private practice. Bland resided in the city but owned the land here that he subdivided in 1866; the Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8 Discover Hunters Hill
Henley Boat Races
The Henley Boat Races are a series of rowing races between men's and women's lightweight crews representing the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. The event was founded in 1975 and takes place annually on the River Thames at Henley the week before the University Boat Races; the Henley Boat races take place over a 2000 m course, downstream — the opposite direction to the Henley Royal Regatta course — and finish halfway down Temple Island. Competitors at the events have gone on to compete at olympic levels. In addition to the lightweight races, the leading men's and women's college crews from each university race on a 1750 m course. From 1977 to 2014, Henley Boat Races hosted its reserve race; the Henley Boat Races began as men's lightweight races in 1975 and enlarged to incorporate the Women's Boat Race and their reserve crew race from 1977 and the women's lightweight race from 1984. In 2000, the lightweight men added a race for their reserve crews and Granta; this fell into abeyance after 2009 as a result of Cambridge not fielding a Granta crew from 2007, giving Oxford a row over for three years.
Since 2016, Nephthys and Granta have raced again, sometimes on a different date or location to the main Henley Boat Races. A women’s lightweight reserve race was held in 2012 prior to race day and has taken place since 2016 on race day. In 2015, the Women's Boat Race moved further down the River Thames to the Tideway to take place as a combined men's and women's Boat Race. An alternative venue is used if the water conditions are rough at Henley; the 2013 event was moved to Dorney Lake as a result of flooding on the Thames. The event was moved to Dorney Lake again in 2018 due to "adverse river conditions on the Thames at Henley" and the collegiate races were cancelled; the races receive annual press coverage, competitors from both Universities have gone on to compete at international and Olympic levels. Henley Boat Races takes place annually in late March or early April the week before the University Boat Races, which are held on the Championship Course on the Thames in London. Crews from the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge race side by side over a 2000 m course on the River Thames at Henley-on-Thames, racing downstream — the opposite direction to the Henley Royal Regatta course — and finishing halfway down Temple Island.
The collegiate races take place over a shorter 1750 m course. The races include: Lightweight Men's boat Race Lightweight Women's Boat Race Lightweight Men's Reserves Lightweight Women's Reserves Men's Intercollegiate Boat Race Women's Intercollegiate Boat Race An Alumnae race has also been held in recent years; the lightweight races constitute the varsity race. The first crew receive university half-blues, is therefore more known as the Lightweight Blue Boat; the reserve crew receive university colours. The intercollegiate races are between the fastest crews from the Oxford Torpids and the Cambridge Lent Bumps; the following races have been held at Henley: Women's Boat Race Women's Reserves The history of the results of the races are as follows. Cambridge: 28 wins Oxford: 16 wins Cambridge: 19 wins Oxford: 17 wins Oxford: 9 wins Cambridge: 4 wins Cambridge: 4 Oxford: 1Raced on the Friday before the main event in a 4+ in 2012, incorporated into main race day in 2016. Cambridge: 7 Oxford: 2 Cambridge: 5 Oxford: 4 The Women's Boat Race and its Reserve race became part of the Henley Boat Races in 1977.
With the Women's Boat Race moving to the Tideway Championship Course and forming part of The Boat Races 2015, the race as well as the race of the reserve boats Osiris and Blondie ceased to be part of the Henley Boat Races. For the full results tables, see the main article on the Women's Boat Race. Cambridge: 21 wins at Henley Oxford: 17 wins at HenleyNotes – The course was shortened in 2007 due to rough water during the Henley Boat Races, it was reduced from 2000 m to less than 1500 m with the start between the Upper Thames Rowing Club and Old Blades. Cambridge: 19 wins at Henley Oxford: 19 wins at Henley Henley-on-Todd Regatta Official website
William Ernest Henley
William Ernest Henley was an influential English poet and editor of the late Victorian era in England. Though he wrote several books of poetry, Henley is remembered most for his 1875 poem "Invictus", a piece which recurs in popular awareness. A fixture in literary circles, the one-legged Henley was the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's character Long John Silver, while his young daughter Margaret inspired J. M. Barrie's choice of the name Wendy for the heroine of his play Peter Pan. Henley was born in Gloucester on August 23, 1849, to mother, Mary Morgan, a descendent of poet and critic Joseph Warton, father, William, a bookseller and stationer. William Ernest was the oldest of five sons and a daughter. Henley was a pupil at the Crypt School, between 1861 and 1867. A commission had attempted to revive the school by securing as headmaster the brilliant and academically distinguished Thomas Edward Brown. Though Brown's tenure was brief, he was a "revelation" to Henley because the poet was "a man of genius – the first I'd seen".
After carrying on a lifelong friendship with his former headmaster, Henley penned an admiring obituary for Brown in the New Review: "He was singularly kind to me at a moment when I needed kindness more than I needed encouragement". In 1893 Henley received his degree in LLD from the University of Saint Andrews. From the age of 12, Henley suffered from tuberculosis of the bone that resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee in 1868–69; the early years of Henley's life were punctuated by periods of extreme pain due to the draining of his tuberculosis abscesses. However, Henley's younger brother Joseph recalled how after draining his joints the young Henley would "Hop about the room, laughing loudly and playing with zest to pretend he was beyond the reach of pain". According to Robert Louis Stevenson's letters, the idea for the character of Long John Silver was inspired by Stevenson's real-life friend Henley. In a letter to Henley after the publication of Treasure Island, Stevenson wrote, "I will now make a confession: It was the sight of your maimed strength and masterfulness that begot Long John Silver... the idea of the maimed man and dreaded by the sound, was taken from you."
Stevenson's stepson, Lloyd Osbourne, described Henley as "... a great, massive-shouldered fellow with a big red beard and a crutch. In 1867, Henley passed the Oxford Local Schools Examination. Soon after passing the examination, Henley moved to London and attempted to establish himself as a journalist, his work over the next eight years was interrupted by long stays in hospitals, because his right foot had become diseased. Henley contested the diagnosis that a second amputation was the only means to save his life, seeking treatment from the pioneering late 19th-century surgeon Joseph Lister at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, commencing in August 1873. Henley spent three years in hospital, during which he was visited by Leslie Stephen and Robert Louis Stevenson and wrote and published the poems collected as In Hospital. Throughout his life, the disconnect between Henley's physical appearance and his mental and creative capacities struck acquaintances in opposite, but forceful ways. Recalling his old friend, Sidney Low commented, "... to me he was the startling image of Pan come to earth and clothed – the great god Pan...with halting foot and flaming shaggy hair, arms and shoulders huge and threatening, like those of some Faun or Satyr of the ancient woods, the brow and eyes of the Olympians."
After hearing of Henley's death on 13 July 1903, the author Wilfrid Scawen Blunt recorded his physical and ideological repugnance to the late poet and editor in his diary, "He has the bodily horror of the dwarf, with the dwarf's huge bust and head and shrunken nether limbs, he has the dwarf malignity of tongue and defiant attitude towards the world at large. Moreover, I am quite out of sympathy with Henley's deification of brute strength and courage, things I wholly despise." Henley married Hannah Johnson Boyle on 22 January 1878. Born in Stirling, she was the youngest daughter of Edward Boyle, a mechanical engineer from Edinburgh, his wife, Mary Ann née Mackie. In the 1891 Scotland Census and Anna are recorded as living with their two-year old daughter, Margaret Emma Henley, at 11 Howard Place, in Edinburgh. Margaret was a sickly child, became immortalized by J. M. Barrie in his children's classic, Peter Pan. Unable to speak young Margaret had called her friend Barrie her "fwendy-wendy", resulting in the use of the name "Wendy" for a feminine character in the book.
Margaret did not survive long enough to read the book. After Robert Louis Stevenson received a letter from Henley labelled "Private and Confidential" and dated 9 March 1888, in which the latter accused Stevenson's new wife Fanny of plagiarizing his cousin Katherine de Mattos' writing in the story st