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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Thursday, 31 January 2008
by Brad Storey

Section V.
The Storeys of Lancaster.

The name of Storey in Lancaster is a name known and esteemed far beyond the confines of the ancient county town; indeed, it may be said to be indelibly associated not only with the industrial, but with the social, educational, moral and religious, and, to some extent, political life of Lancaster for something like seventy years.

Although there were some connections of the family long identified with Lancaster and Bolton-le-Sands, they were not connected at any time with those enterprises which have made the branch to which Sir Thomas Storey belonged distinguished in the manner above indicated. It is not the destiny of every branch of a family, however worthy it may be, to create for itself "a local habitation and a name."

Isaac Storey, the father of the late Sir Thomas Storey, came to Lancaster in the year 1835, when the ultimate founder of the Lancaster business was only ten years old. Isaac Storey's fore-elders sprang from the yeoman class, the family coming from Northumberland into Cumberland and Westmorland. Isaac Storey was the ninth and youngest son and eleventh issue of William Storey and Mary, née Greenup, of Low Ray or Wray, Windermere. William Storey was the third son of Thomas Storey and Ann, née Wilson, of Townhead in Troutbeck, son of John Storey and Agnes, daughter of Rowland Browne, of the Crook. John Storey dwelt at Applethwaite in the parish of Windermere, and he was the son of Richard Storey and Elizabeth, née Blamyre, of Old Hutton, in the parish of Kendal. Richard Storey was the son of Henry Storey, Old Hutton, son of Richard Storey and Thomasine, née Halhed, also of Old Hutton. Four generations dwelt at Troutbeck, Richard Storey, who married Elizabeth Blamyre, being the first to reside at Long Green Head, Applethwaite, in the chapelry (now parish) of Troutbeck, Windermere. A reference to Pedigree Sheet No. II. will show the respective descents. Isaac Storey was educated at St. Bees, with a view to his taking holy orders. Owing to early marriage and the demands of an increasing family, he had reluctantly to abandon the idea of entering the Church, and in due course became Master of Bardsea School. Bardsea is a pleasant village situated on the sands three miles south-south-east of Ulverston.

From Bardsea Isaac Storey came to Lancaster, probably at the request or suggestion of Mr. Jonathan Binns, a surveyor, well known in Lancaster, and the gentleman who surveyed the railway projected across the sands in the bay, which, to quote Sir Thomas Storey's own words, "was to start at a point somewhere in the neighbourhood of Heysham and go right across to about two miles below the village of Bardsea." Mr. Binns was often at Bardsea, and he and Mr. Isaac Storey were naturally drawn very much to each other. The eldest son of the latter would be ten or eleven years of age at this period, and a strong, comely lad. Mr. Binns took a fancy to this son, John, and very soon he was out with Mr. Binns on his surveying expeditions as his chain boy. When the railway surveying was over, he begged that this son might be allowed to come to Lancaster in order that he might be apprenticed or articled to him as a land surveyor and engineer. The boy came, and as