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The Estate of the late John Rollo Somerset-Paddon

The Estate of the late John Rollo Somerset-Paddon, 

formerly of Chalk Newton House, Maiden Newton, Dorset.

The Somerset-Paddon line enjoys an illustrious heritage and is formed of two keys families, the Savorys and the Somersets. 

Thomas Field Savory (1776-1847), a protegee of Dr Jenner, co-founded the London pharmacists Savory & Moore. In 1836 he was appointed ‘One of the Gentlemen of His Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Chamber in the Ordinary’.

The firm was a key supplier to the Royal Family (supplying anointing oils to Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953) and the War Office remaining in family hands until 1992.

The de Somerset family, is noted in the Domesday book and linked to the Seymour family of Great Bedwyn (their ancestral home being Wulfhall), notably Lady Jane Seymour (1541-1561) third wife of King Henry VIII. 

In 1825, Edmund Somerset was living at the Manor House in Milton Lilbourne, near Pewsey in Wiltshire.
In later years, the Somerset-Paddons enjoyed a society presence, with Rebecca Wreford Paddon being painted by Whistler and Frank Miles, Eva Wreford Paddon campaigning as a suffragette and Philp Paddon co-founding (with Sir Tommy Sopwith) Paddon Brothers, a London based Rolls Royce agent.

Cecil Somerset-Paddon (b.1875), the father of the deceased, fought in the Mexican Civil War for Pancho Villa, later moving to New Zealand where he joined ANZAC forces in the Gallipoli campaign.
John Rollo Somerset-Paddon, was born in Cromer, Norfolk in 1920 and moved to the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1938/39. At the outbreak of WWII he travelled, primarily by foot, the length of Africa to arrive in the North African desert to fight.

He was captured by the Italians and spent the next 4 years as a prisoner of war working in the salt mines in Italy and Germany.

After the war he was repatriated back to Rhodesia , where he continued work in the mines. In 1962, he returned to England, where he put himself through Cirencester Agricultural College, farming in different locations until finally moving to Chalk Newton House, Maiden Newton in 1988. 

Collection highlights

Lot 37 | A 19TH CENTURY ‘GRAND TOUR’ SIENNA MARBLE INKSTAND, 15cm high x 23cm wide x 9cm deep | £200 - £300

Lot 162 | A 19TH CENTURY BOULLE MANTEL CLOCK BY R. FAGE OF PARIS, 32cm high | £200 - £300


Lot 289 | A VICTORIAN ROSEWOOD CHAISE LONGUE, 90cm high x 175cm long x 80cm deep | £200 - £400

Lot 290 | COPPERTABLE LAMP OF ART NOUVEAU STYLE, early 20th century, 35cm high | £100- £200

Lot 290 | COPPERTABLE LAMP OF ART NOUVEAU STYLE, early 20th century, 35cm high | £100- £200