Family Pages - SIRKETT

High Street, Seaview, I.W.
High Street, Seaview, I.W. [postcard]
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Cynthia Sirkett writes :

I think the 3 young boys in the foreground might be left to right Philip, Frank and Gerald SIRKETT.

According to a typescript book given to Mabel SIRKETT by Arthur MATHEWS which was written in about 1887 by his father William Edsall MATHEWS (1813-1894), the Seaview Hotel was originally built as the home of William CAWS and his wife Harriott CHESSEL.

Walter William SIRKETT (1878 St Pancras, London – 1955 Isle of Wight) and his wife Mabel Louise Glover SWAN (1880 Bristol – 1952 Isle of Wight) ran the Seaview Hotel from a short time after their marriage in 1902 having taken over from Mabel’s mother Louisa Caroline Swan who later died in 1927 at Radnor, Fairy Road, Seaview. Walter’s father Henry SIRKETT ran the Esplanade Hotel in Ryde so he and Mabel had some experience of the hospitality industry. After handing over the Seaview Hotel to Tom LOVE, they ran another hotel at Old Salterns Gate, Seaview where they advertised that hot running water was provided in all rooms.

Gerald Frederick Swan Sirkett born 1903 at the Seaview Hotel died 2001, Newport, IW, named after his mother Mabel’s brother Gerald Frederick Swan who died, along with his friend Robert Ernest WENBORN, in a boating accident at Seaview shortly before the marriage of Walter and Mabel. Gerald Sirkett went to Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham. After working at Lloyds Bank in Biarritz before WWII and London thereafter, he and his wife Joy retired in the early 1960s to Seaview.

Walter Philip Sirkett born 1906 Seaview, IW – died 1933 Lambeth, London went to Colston’s School, Stapleton, Bristol.

Frank Henry Sirkett born 1908 Seaview, IW – died 1992 Bembridge, IW. Known as Paddy he went to the Modern School in Ryde and Churchers College, Petersfield, Hampshire. During WWII he was captured at Dunkirk and held as a prisoner of war at Eichstatt. After the war he travelled widely working with the P & O shipping line and on a tsetse fly eradication programme in Kano, Nigeria in the early 1950s. After returning to the Island he farmed at Durton Farm, Long Lane near Newport and Fowlsdown Farm at Whiteley Bank. Paddy also retired to Seaview.

The sign on the right of the picture is believed to name Frank Henry DAWSON House Agent who was aged 70, resident at Regent House, High Street, Seaview at the time of the 1911 census with his step daughter A M SPAIN aged 54. He was born in St Helens.

Seafield Lodge painting   click to enlarge

Shown is a somewhat damaged painting of a lodge which used to stand at the eastern end of the Duver at the corner of Salterns Road, Seaview. The site is now occupied by a house called "Penmorfa". Also shown is some of the writing on the back of the painting, transcribed by G SIRKETT. The site of the Crown Hotel mentioned is now occupied by "Crown Slip" which was built by Nash Builders (I think it was W B Nash) for Walter Sirkett.

Credits :

Cynthia Sirkett