|Liverpool Stock Exchange building,|
situated in the East Wing, on the right
from The Liverpool Picture Book
It seems strange that King did not include his name in the company Sing, White and Company, if he formed the company himself. However looking at the family tree it would appear that the 'Sing' is Joshua Sing, who was King's brother-in-law. According to The family of Synge or Sing online here Joshua was a Justice of the Peace. Alexander Millington Synge who continued the business was Joshua's second son. Alexander's second child was Mary Florentia Synge, she is marked "Of Haslemere" in The family Synge or Sing and therefore I feel confident in identifying her as Flora Synge. It was Flora's weaving that was used to unveil the Blue Plaque at Green Bushes Weaving House a few years ago, see here for more details. And so in two generations the stockbroker became a peasant, in what the movement would have called the third group of the future peasantry "These are the men and women whom a surfeit a civilisation has left healthily dissatisfied, and who will be peasants by choice, not by birth" (The Vineyard, New Series, Christmas 1918).
|'Miss Flora Synge at her spinning wheel at Kings Road, Haslemere in 1917' |
from Janaway, John, Surrey: A Photographic Record 1850-1920, Countryside Books, 1984
Alexander lived in Dawstone, Windermere. This was a notable Arts and Crafts house designed by Dan Gibson in 1903. It features in The Arts and Crafts Houses of the Lake District (Hyde, Matthew and Whittaker, Esme, Frances Lincoln, 2014) "built high above the town of Windermere on the outskirts of Heathwaite, is typical of the arts and Crafts houses occupying elevated sites. The distance of the site from Lake Windermere, in comparison to the properties which line the lake's banks, would have been compensated for by the views that were afforded from this position. As the writer Lawrence Weaver observed in the magazine Country Life, it is 'perched on the hill like an eyrie from which the vision sweeps round a complete panorama from Helvellyn to Morecombe Bay'. The owner of Dawstone, the Liverpool stock and share broker Alexander Millington Sing, had purchased the site, known as Undermillbeck Common, from G.H.Pattinson." The house is now called Gillthwaite Rigg, a part of which is now a B&B. Interestingly there is a photograph that purports to be a "ventilation grille incorporating the initials of the house owner at Dawstone", see below, although I am puzzled by the sequence ASM and not AMS if this is the case. Joseph King, Alexander's cousin, also liked to put his initials on his buildings, and perhaps this was a family trait.
|from The Arts and Crafts Houses of the Lake District,(Hyde, Matthew and Whittaker, Esme, Frances Lincoln, 2014)|
|Dawstone ground floor plan from|
Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular,
(Guillery, Peter, Routledge, 2011)