1894 Ordnance Survey Map

Nesfield remained in Fortis Green until 1840, when he was appointed art master at Eton. Salvin s daughter, Eliza Anne, wrote that,

'There were many godless people in East End Village. There were prize fights at the Five Bells Tavern, foot races, steeple chases, etc. which caused so much confusion mid gave rise to much that was bad. Drunkards abounded and there was no moral restraint, no orderly rule, no wholesome supervision.'

As a result Anthony and Mrs Salvin began raising money for a church which Salvin later built.

At Elmhurst the Salvins continued to live a warm family life, despite the fact that he was often far away on business. Salvin was a man of irrepressible energy, with a multitude of local interests and Anne was very competent. He bought and sold land in the district, had a farm near the High Street and kept a bull in Fortis Green. The family diaries of holidays with his wife are epics of endurance, seeing three major churches a day, going without food for twelve hours, all borne cheerfully without complaint. The whole family give an impression of unbroken cheerfulness and commonsense.

Salvin's commissions read like the inventory of the castles and large houses of England - Ainwick Castle, The Tower of London, Thorsby Hall, Perkforlon, the big house in Cheshire - careful restorations of old buildings and the creation of new - the list published in the Builder obituary, 31 Dec. 1881, goes on and on. His twenty-five churches, included Holy Trinity Church, East Finchley. There he became Vicar's Warden, his wife played the organ and his daughters taught in the Sunday School.

 

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