Thomas Alcock Beck

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Thomas Alcock Beck
Born (1795-05-31)31 May 1795
Died 26 April 1846(1846-04-26) (aged 50)[1]
Esthwaite Lodge, Hawkshead[2]
Known for Author of Annales Furnesienses

Thomas Alcock Beck (1795–1846) was the author of Annales Furnesienses (1844), a history of Furness Abbey, which was dedicated by permission to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and which contained twenty-six steel engravings and several woodcuts.[2] Beck was a long-term resident of Hawkshead in Lancashire, where his parents had lived at The Grove. He was to use a wheelchair for much of his life, being unable to walk due to a spinal complaint. At one time he had attended Hawkshead Grammar School and he matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1814, but left without taking a degree. Around 1819 he commenced the building of his regency mansion, Esthwaite Lodge (subsequently a youth hostel), to the design of George Webster. The grounds were specially laid out with easy gradients for his invalid chair.[3] Besides other antiquarian interests, he also edited Dr. William Close's unfinished work An Itinerary of Furness.


On 25 April 1838 he married Elizabeth Fell of Hawkshead[4] (formerly of Ulverston), having obtained a special licence to allow the ceremony to take place within his own home.[5]