Poor Cottages and Proud Palaces: The Life and Work of the Reverend Thomas Sockett of Petworth 1777 -- 1859
by Sheila Haines and Leigh Lawson
Hastings Press, September 2007, paperback, 294 pp, illus, family trees. Includes a transcription of Sockett’s journal 1805 to 1807, “The Sockett Family in Eramosa” by Gary Wilson, notes and index.
… “a fascinating biography of someone who lived during a period of great change in our countryside where he played such an active role”
Julia Rutter, Sussex Family Historian, Vol 17 No 8 (2007)
… “Poor Cottages & Proud Palaces is clearly destined to be a classic”.
Peter Jerrome, The Petworth Society Magazine No 131 March 2008
… “Haines and Lawson have done an excellent job in teasing out the details of Sockett’s life and family. They have delved deep into the Petworth House Archives, and through a study of Sockett’s own papers have produced a fascinating insight into the life of the 3rd Earl’s family and household at Petworth House.... There is also much about Sockett’s own two wives and children, and the Canadian connection. For anyone interested in the history of Petworth and the 3rd Earl of Egremont, this book is a MUST. It is well indexed, with many illustrations and a summary of all the individuals mentioned. I couldn’t put it down!”
Richard Smith, The Petworth Society Magazine No 131 March 2008
UK stockists include Petworth Bookshop in Petworth; The National Trust shop at Petworth House; West Sussex Record Office, Chichester.