Who Lived in the Mansion?

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

1840- House built

1845 - 1851 5th June The Fowden family in one half, the other appears unoccupied

William age 67, his wife Mary Ann age 59 and their daughter Eleanor 16

Plus their live-in servants Mary Ann Teron(?) and Jane Evans

We have the Fowden family living in Shrubbery Bank, as we were then named in the 1851 census, The census was taken in March 1851 and in June 1851 we found newspaper adverts for a sale of mahogany furniture on June 5th due to the family moving to the south. The family were Quakers and were married in Warrick in 1833. William died in 1863 and Mary Ann lived as a widow in Wilmslow. Eleanor appears to have travelled extensively and never married.

1853 - 1864 The Eggar family

Heinrich Eduard or Henry Edward his wife Hermine Dorothea and thier Children Dothothea Agathe, Minna Johanna, Edward Albrecht, Herman Theodor, Theodore Julius

1861 - Sarah Donton (35) Charlotte Humpken ((28) Victoria Hamm (28) Louisa E Gras (23)

1871 - 1883 The Seligmann Family

Hermann his wife Rosa Benedict and children anne, caroline, william, herbert, maria


1871 Elaspet Pape (31) Annie Norman (31) Elizabeth Hodkinson (36)

1881 Elizebeth Taylor ( 40) hatton nolan (21) Alice Palmer (21)

12 february 1882 death in house hermann

1884 - 1922 The Pinto Leite family

Joaquim 1850-1922 (72) (died in house 29th March 1922) and his wife Sophie Jeanne Francoise Marie Havenith Pinto Leite 1853-1910 (57) (died in house 31st march 1910) moved into Antwerp House around the time of their marriage in 1878. They had 6 children born in the house.

Hubert Marie Joseph Francois-de-paul Pinto Leite 1879-1930 (51)

Joaquim Marie Pinto Leite 1882-1919 (37)

Marcel Marie Pinto Leite 1883-1950 (67)

Gabrielle Anne Marie Pinto Leite 1884- 1946 (62)

Maria Adele 1885-1959 (74)

Leo Pinto Leite 1892-1892 (6 months) (died in house)

Plus their live-in servants -

1891 Margaret Gill (32) Sarah Raybon (30) Ann Morris (30) Mary Fitzpatrick (16)

1901 Annie Morris (41) Ann S Raylon (38) Winifred Walsh (22)

1911 Martha Emilia Aubinans from Tilsit, Jesse Mottershead and Julie Glennon

Sebastiao Pinto Leite - Married his 15 year old Niece

The Pinto Leite offices in Manchester seem to have been largely closed since 1883, although the location was still held by the family. After the death of Joaquim in 1922, it may have been that the family saw no reason to hold a house in Manchester and sold it off. Certainly the area was considered to be going downhill at that time. Wealthy families were moving out of Victoria Park and the larger houses were being sold off to the college, university or to become care homes.

Side note - The Pinto Leite family seems to have been in favour of slavery. In 1833 the elder Joaquim declared himself a citizen of Brazil to exempt his building from the abolition of slavery in Portugal. They may have regretted this in later years as the family seems to have put a lot of effort into cleaning up their image in the late 1850s-early 1860s with a number of flashy charitable donations.

The older Pinto Leite brothers were non-specific merchants and bankers. Joaquim Pinto Leite and his brothers invested in almost everything that was profitable, as was common at the time by capitalists with an airy spirit and knowledgeable of the most profitable businesses in Brazil and other countries.

There were 9 siblings.

Delphina Bernardina Alves(born correia d'assuncao Pinto Leite)

Caetano 1801-1865

Joaquim Pinto Leite 1805-1880 - Father of occupant Joaquim

Jose 1811-1860

Manuel - lived in paris in luxury



Sebastiao 1815-1892


Ana Josepha Maria

Sebastiao(1851) and Jose(1842) seem to be the brothers with the strongest Manchester connections. Jose was the godfather of occupant Joaquim. It may have been this that brought Joaquim to Manchester. Jose's daughter married his brother Sebastiao at age 15 to avoid splitting the family fortune. They had no children.

Arsenio Pinto leite lived on oxford rd and showed spaniels and pigeons

A faint lead is that Richard Bealey of Rochdale area seems to have had 5 Houses commissioned to be built and rented out. Antwerp May have been one of these

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