I visited Dr Edwards and his wife Barbara as arranged, the kettle went on and lots of papers and maps came out , I discovered that my initial theories i.e that the Hunloke family were just another privileged set of spendthrifts, squandering their advantages, turned out to be a little harsh.
Dr Edwards explained that their issues resulted from their choice of sides, being on the King's side in the Civil war was not a good move, the King lost. Choosing to remain Catholic at a time when this choice led to severe social and financial punishments, a choice that put catholic believers at a disadvantage.
The size of the family had a bearing on finances, larger families led to multiple bequests in wills which inevitably stretched the family pot in too many ways, weakening the families financial core.
Eventually the family had to let go of the estate as the upkeep became too much of a burden.
Their longest lasting legacy to Wingerworth is possibly that the prolonged residence of the family allowed the village to avoid the negative effects of the industrial revolution. The holding together of the parklands allowed Wingerworth to remain a small rural community. Wingerworth still retains a different feel to its neighbours, elsewhere steel and coal were transforming all around into an industrial power house complete with all the pollution and rapid makeshift development that goes with it.
We looked at a lovely old map that showed the field boundaries. The King's Meadow land is close to the still present 'Monk's Wood' this parcel of land was a present to a Lincoln order of brothers in exchange for praying for the immortal soul of Roger De Wingerworth and his family.
Abandoned Bell Pit mines and steep slopes made some of the land unfit for farming, instead woods were planted, charcoal production serviced some of the industrial processes close by. The woods still exist.
Next appointments are with the Scout Group and the All Saints Fellowship Group.