The Reverend Thomas Sedgwick Whalley and the Queen of Bath
March 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Prof. Chris Stevens will be talking about the results of his research into the life of Thomas Sedgwick Whalley which he has recently published. He retired in 2002 after 35 years in academic dentistry spent teaching orthodontics and undertaking pioneering work in the application of computers to dentistry and dental education. He is also a dry stone waller and in 2006 was asked by the Woodland Trust if he could help restore the perimeter wall of their Dolebury Warren Wood property on the north slope of the Mendips. Chris discovered that the walls had formed part of the estate which surrounded Mendip Lodge, an Italianate house built in 1790 by Reverend Dr. Thomas Sedgwick Whalley.
One of the most influential figures of his day Reverend Doctor Thomas Sedgwick Whalley (1746-1828) was a playwright and socialite, poet, pamphleteer, traveller and horticulturist, and lived a life of extravagance, generosity and intellect. He married a series of rich widows, the first of whose riches enabled him to buy a house in Royal Crescent Bath which became a centre of social life in Bath at the end of the 18th century.