In Clarence's Time - appeal for help after the earthquake of 1887

Écrit par Marcus Bicknell le .

Image from the Illustrated London NewsIn supporting the research for Valerie Lester's biography of Clarence Bicknell which will go to press soon, I was pleased to come across a digitised newspaper cutting which we had not seen before. The Teesdale Mercury (U.K.) of 16th March 1887 printed two letters from residents of Bordighera:


Letters to the editor
Our columns are open for the expression of opinion, but we
do not necessarily adopt the views of our correspondents.
Spring Grove, Barnard Castle, March 8th, 1887.
S I R , — A s yon inserted in your last an interesting account
from an eye witness of the earthquake on the Riviera, you
may perhaps kindly be able to make room for the enclosed
statement and appeal from a friend of mine living at
Bordighera—a place which lies midway between San Remo
and Mentone. There may be some readers of your paper who
might like to show their sympathy with the sufferers by
sending a small amount, which I would gladly forward to Mr
Daly. He himself and his household escaped with a bad
shaking and fright; but a house near fell in and killed two
men.—I am, sir, yours faithfully,
Although accounts of the earthquake have appeared in the
London papers, i t is doubtful whether English people generally
have any idea of the extent of the catastrophe. One
village at least in this province has practically ceased to exist
many villages are almost depopulated, and within a comparatively
small area may be found hundreds of families
houseless, and i n some instances destitute. In some places
the shops, &c, containing the necessaries of life, have been
destroyed, and the survivors are threatened with starvation.
Measures of relief are being devised by the authorities, and
by private benevolence, but money is urgently needed. Any
sums, hoicerer small, which may be sent to me will be handed
to the local committee for the relief of the sufferers.
1st March, 1887.     H. DE BURGH DALY.
Villa Boschereccia, Bordighera, Italy.

The second letter was useful because we have been trying to find out about the Villa where the De Burgh Daly family lived, and here was see a confirmation that the spelling of the Villa is Boschereccia not Boscareccia. We have also found out that Miss Daly ran the Tea Rooms out of a building on the same courtyard as their home, giving on to the Tennis Courts at the rear. Handy for business!

You can download the page from the newspaper at Teesdale Mercury 16 March 1887

Do you have a period photo of the Villa Boschereccia? Or can you add any detail to this story? Thank you in advance.


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