Corys in London & Cambridge

LONDON:The Hundred Years War started in 1338 followed by the Black Death which came to England in 1349.  At Westminster and Windsor, John Cory, prince's clerk, is mentioned in various documents connected to the Royal Court in the period between 1340-45.  Life at court was very unpredictable and he must have lived through some perilous times. To hold such a post in that century, John's family must have had some influence and wealth.


Over 450 years later, William Cory (1783-1862), the founder of William Cory & Sons, was a farmer's son born at Week St Mary in Cornwall.  By the early 19th century he had moved to London and gone into partnership with a coal merchant, a man called West.   The business prospered and by the middle of the 19th century 'William Cory & Son' (West had left) owned a fleet of colliers.  His sons William and Richard went into the business and by the time William Senior retired, he was a respected gentleman of Bloomsbury.  One of William Junior's daughter's, Hannah Taylor Cory,  married William Heward Bell and their son Clive Bell was a member of the famous Bloomsbury Group. Another daughter was Ann Maria Cory who married Harry Liddell.  Harry's sister was Alice Liddell the original Alice in Wonderland.
(Tree English Corys: F4)

If you are in London, take the opportunity to visit the Victoria & Albert Museum, in South Kensington and look at the jewellery in display case 19 in Gallery 92.  The museum catalogue shows that most of the case is taken up by Dame Jane Anne Gordon Cory's jewellery, although the name plate on the case is that of Louisa Dowager Viscountess Wolseley, it refers to her portrait on the wall above.  The collection consists of garnets, amethysts, jade, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls and diamonds. Some of these are presumed to be wedding gifts as details of jewellery were included in a newspaper report of Jane Anne's marriage. The marriage was to Mr Clifford John Cory, son of John Cory of Glamorganshire. These Cory jewels are alongside cases of items from the Russian Crown Jewels sold by the Bolshevik government so they are in sparkling company.  The Cory Society arranged a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum for their members in the Autumn of 2001 for a special emphasis on Lady Cory's jewels.
(Tree English Corys: D1)

See the following page for more on this family and their connection to Cambridge.