At the time he took on Norton Court, Charles Betteridge Walker was living at Hillfield House, Gloucester. Hillfield House was designed by John Giles and built specifically for Charles Walker in 1867 by Albert Escort, master builder. It can still be found in Denmark Road, Gloucester, just along from the junction with London Road and has extensive gardens in the form of a park joining the two roads. Whilst it was employed as office space for V number of years, more recently I believe it has been converted into appartments. I have heard it said that when looking from the tower at Hillfield House it was(is) possible to see the tower at Norton Court and vice versa and whilst this seems a possibility I have never had the opportunity to test this out. Charles Walker was a Gloucester man who had made his money through the timber industry and may perhaps be better known through the company Price Walker at Gloucester Docks.
In 1881 Charles Walker was living with his wife, Fanny, and four children at Shurdington Road, Leckhampton, where he was employed as a timber merchant.
Charles Walker died in 1893 and his funeral was reported in The Citizen newspaper of November; “The funeral of the late Mr C B Walker took place yesterday afternoon in Hempsted Churchyard, where a large number of friends of the deceased assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. The service was conducted by the Rev B S Dawson (vicar of Hempsted) and the Rev G C Kebble (St Catherines, Gloucester, of which parish Mr Walker was one of the churchwardens). After the service in the church the Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played on the organ. The remains of the deceased gentleman were interred in the family vault, where those of his father, mother, and sister lie”.
The following announcement is taken from The Times of 12 January 1939;
“The engagement is announced between Charles Seddon Norton Walker only son of Mr and Mrs G Norton Walker of Norton Court near Gloucester and Elizabeth Rachel (Jane) younger daughter of Mr and Mrs C L Beaven of Oakwood Lodge, Chislehurst and RMA Woolwich”.
The following announcement is taken from The Times of 15th August 1939;
“On Aug. 12, 1939, at Christ Church, Chislehurst, Charles Seddon Walker, only son of Mr and Mrs G N Walker, of Norton Court, Gloucestershire, to Elizabeth Rachel (Jane), younger daughter of Mr and Mrs C L Beaven, of Chislehurst, Kent”.