George Cameron Day
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George Cameron Day was tenant at Quenington Court for nearly three decades at the beginning of the twentieth century. He was born in Southampton in 1858 into a very rich family, part-owners of a shipyard and retired early to live at Queeington. His father was a civil engineer. He was educated privately at Cheltenham College as was his younger brother Frederick. From the first he trained as an engineer, and would go into the family business, Day, Summers & Co. shipbuilders at Northam, Southampton. There were brothers, one of which was a stockbroker and one an army officer who served in the 7 Dragoon Guards, including service in Egypt in the second Egyptian War. The latter was best man at George's wedding.
George married in 1895 and by 1901 had retired, by the age of 43, still living in Southampton. In 1902 he obtained from Michael Hicks Beach the lease of Quenington Court. This was similar to that of his predecessor Major Lees, for dwelling house, lawn, pleasure ground, stables, coachhouse, garden, orchard, paddock, cottage and adjoining garden. There was an extra cost for fishing rights.Mr Day lived at Quenington Court until his death. He had three sons, two of whom served as officers in the armed forces, one in the army, one in the navy (see www.quenington1914.co.uk). The third was too young to serve in the first war. His wife died in 1921, he remarried, and he died in Quenington in 1929 age 71. He is buried at the Quenington cemetery.
He took part in village life. He was a regular school visitor together with other village notables (Mr Kemble, Mrs Barclay and the vicar), sometimes signing off the attendance register. He was also Justice of the Peace in Fairford. Mrs Day joined Lady Hicks Beach and Lady Quenington in presenting prizes at the school and providing the occasional tea there. The tone of letters held at Gloucestershire Archives shows that Mr Day enjoyed a social relationshiop with the Hicks Beach family, including Lord St Aldwyns abd his son Lord Quenington.
George Day was from a family that employed servants, as was also the case in his own household in Southampton. No doubt there were servants at Quenington Court but for reasons given elsewhere these do not appear in the main source of information, the electoral register. However, it is known that in 1911 in Quenington there were six resident female servants, viz. cook, two housemaids, nurse, kitchenmaid and parlourmaid, all born elsewhere. There was also his groom (Ernest Pink) who, with his wife and children, occupied the cottage in the grounds, and who had come from Southampton with Mr Day.
His wealth is confirmed by the probate details, which show an estate of £39028 5s 10d, the equivalent in today's terms of a little over £2m. Probate was given to second son Horace, brother Frederick, nephew (Frederick's son) Eric.
The picture here is of Mr Day at Quenington Court in about 1910, perhaps in the first car to be seen in the village.