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Herbert LEE
= Married  =
Julie Elizabeth FORD
Born: 1870
Died: 1942 (aged 72 years)
Children:   |
Frank
Alice Evelyn Sybil
Born: 1905-03-16
Died: 1975-06-01

Further information for Herbert LEE.

Profession: Master builder, sculpter.
Domiciles: Chesterfield, England. Nottingham, England.

Biography

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Herbert and Julie Elizabeth Lee. Taken about 1900

{FROM: MBW}Grandad Lee was a master builder. I think he had a building business.
The house I always thought of as the Lee family home, was one of a terrace, which he (or his business) built.
He was a highly skilled, versatile craftsman. He did a major repair and maintenance job on the Crooked Spire, for instance.
He also provided pews and Crucifixes for churches with, I understand, a tiny mouse as ‘trademark.
A lot of the routine work must have been done by other craftsmen: but I understand that he did the decorative carving himself.

I have a small carving of his: it is of a nude young woman, standing up against a closed door; and obviously trying hard to get in. The door is 8cm wide by 24cm high. Now, there is just the door, and the first step but I remember it being in a small porch, of the sort one sees on the front door of many older middle—class houses. I was told he called it Love Locked Out.
Some years ago, I came across a picture, in the Arts section of a Sunday paper magazine, called Love locked out.’ It was, in its essential lay—out, the same as Grandads carving. It was painted by Anna Lea Merritt, 1844 - 1930: and painted in 1899. It is of Cupid, trying to force open the door of a mausoleum, I think it was the inspiration for Grandads carving.

I only met Grandad once. Mother, my sisters and brother, had a house in Chesterfield (On Orchards Way, off Walton Road) during the war. Mother invited Grandad - who lived in Nottingham at the time, I believe - to visit us. My memory of him is of a small, slim man, wearing a blue Pin-striped suit.

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Julia`s father, Frederick Ford.
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Julia`s mother, Alice nee Lucas

From a newspaper cutting....

Rose girl Lalla steals hearts

How many visitors to Chesterfield s Queen`s Park have noticed the sculpture of a little girl, tucked away in the shade of a tree overlooking the cricket pitch, and wondered about the story behind the statue?
Probably thousands...so, for those who do not know the tale here is the story of Lalla Lee.

FAMOUS

It was February, 1909, that the park received its famous statue "The sculpted figure of a girl" was offered to the Borough Parks Committee. The statue. known as "the girl with the stolen rose" was sculpted by Herbert Lee to depict his daughter Lalla. The family lived on Pevenl Road, Chesterfield, which was then known as Dark Lane.

Lalla, the youngest child, helped her mother to gather flowers in the garden. and on one occasion stole a rose, hiding it behind her back. It was in this pose that her father sculpted the statue, which was optionaly situated in the Lee family`s own garden, where it attracted the interest of passengers on the trams that passed the house.

PRESENTED

Herbert Lee eventually presented the statue to the Park in order to avoid offending two of his friends, both of whom wanted to obtain it from him. Situated near the cricket ground, it remains a source of interest to the Park`s visitors. Sadly Lalla herself was killed in an accident many years later, while visiting her brother in Chesterfield Hospital.

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[Dianna Bell](2007) The statue now stands in the refurbished greenhouse where Prince Edward unveiled the statue in its new home. [Dianna Bell]

This is a painting by Herbert Lee, currently owned by his granddaughter, Dianna Bell.

<FROM: Barbara Taylor>

Not sure of dob of Herbert, about late 1860s,  d. I think fairly soon after Julia. mar Julia Ford, b c 1870, d1942  7 children.

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