The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Charles Essenhigh Corke, artist and photographer, son of Charles Corke, butcher and Mary Corke [Essenhigh]
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Charles Essenhigh Corke was born on 17th October 1852 in Sevenoaks to Charles Corke and Ellen Essenhigh. He married Alice Miskin in c1880 and embarked on a highly successful career as a photographer, artist and painter. Up until his death in 1922, Charles Essenhigh Corke photographed and painted most of the grand properties of West Kent including Knole, Hever Castle and Ightham. Many of his paintings were used to illustrate books including Old Sevenoaks and to make highly popular postcards.

His eldest son Henry Essenhigh Corke followed in his father's footsteps as a photographer and artist and in 1912 published "Wild Flowers as they grow" in three volumes


Date
Type
Information
Source
 
17th Oct 1852
Born
In the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent
Public records
 
28th Nov 1852
Christened
At St. Nicholas Parish Church in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent
Sevenoaks Parish Registers
 
c 1878
Married
Alice Miskin
Estimated date
 
3rd Apr 1881
Census
At 39 London Road in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent; Charles Corke, M, Head, married, age 28, born Sevenoaks, Kent; occupation: artist
1881 Census
Sevenoaks, Kent
 
c 1882
Birth of a daughter
Mary Alice
Estimated date
 
3rd Oct 1883
Birth of a son
Henry Essenhigh in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent
Public records
 
c 1884
Birth of a daughter
Daisy Essenhigh in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent
Estimated date
 
1885
Birth of a son
Laurence Essenhigh in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent
1891 Census
 
1888
Birth of a daughter
Beatrice Essenhigh in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent
1891 Census
 
1889
Riverhead
Riverhead, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1890
Birth of a daughter
Nora Essenhigh in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent
1891 Census
 
1890
The High Street and London Road
The High Street and London Road, Sevenoaks photographed by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
16th Dec 1896
Birth of a son
Douglas Essenhigh in the Parish of Sevenoaks, Kent
Sevenoaks Parish Registers
 
1900
The Shambles
The Shambles, Sevenoaks by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1900
Riverhead
Riverhead, Sevenoaks photographed by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
1900
Sevenoaks Fair in 1850
Sevenoaks Fair in 1850 drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
The Old Curiosity Shop and Houses, High Street in 1862
The Old Curiosity Shop and Houses, High Street in 1862, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Old Cottage at The Vine from a print of 1800
Old Cottage at The Vine from a print of 1800, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Bethlehem Farm House from a print of 1800
Bethlehem Farm House from a print of 1800, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Vine Court House
Vine Court House, Sevenoaks by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
The Old Pound, Vine Tavern
The Old Pound, Vine Tavern, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
South West Front, Knole House
South West Front, Knole House, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
The Seven Oaks
The Seven Oaks, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Kippington Lodge in 1860
Kippington Lodge in 1860, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Brittains Farm
Brittains Farm, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Market day in 1860, High Street
Market day in 1860, High Street, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Morants Court Hill in Coaching Days
Morants Court Hill in Coaching Days, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Old pack horse road
Old pack horse road, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Old Houses and Church, from Grammar School
Old Houses and Church, from Grammar School, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
1900
Old Cottages, High Street
Old Cottages, High Street, Sevenoaks drawn by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Old Sevenoaks
 
c 1900
The Ashdown Forest
The Ashdown Forest painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Hartfield Lych Gate
Hartfield Lych Gate, Hartfield painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Eridge Castle
Eridge Castle, Eridge painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Speldhurst Church
Speldhurst Church painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Speldhurst Old Inn
Speldhurst Old Inn painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Ruins, Bayham Abbey
Ruins, Bayham Abbey, Frant painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Lamberhurst
Lamberhurst painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Lamberhurst
Lamberhurst painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Brambletye
Brambletye, Forest Row painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
c 1900
Eynsford
Eynsford painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1902
Green Court (West), Knole
Green Court (West), Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1902
Stone Court, Knole
Stone Court, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1902
South Front, Knole
South Front, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1904
Penshurst Place, from the garden
Penshurst Place, from the garden painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1904
West View, Hever Castle
West View, Hever Castle, Hever painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
1905
Otford Castle
Otford Castle painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1905
Otford
Otford painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1905
High Street and London Road
High Street and London Road, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1905
The Colonnade, Knole
The Colonnade, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1905
Ightham Mote Courtyard
Ightham Mote Courtyard painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1905
Ightham Mote
Ightham Mote painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1905
The Seven Oaks
The Seven Oaks, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
c 1905
High Street
High Street, Sevenoaks photographed by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
1906
West Front, Knole
West Front, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1907
Upper High Street
Upper High Street, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1907
Ightham Mote, South Front
Ightham Mote, South Front painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1907
Ightham Mote, from the Bowling Green
Ightham Mote, from the Bowling Green painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1907
The Rose Garden, Knole
The Rose Garden, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1908
Dianas Bath, Penshurst Place
Dianas Bath, Penshurst Place painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1908
Penshurst Place
Penshurst Place painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1908
St. Nicholas Parish Church
St. Nicholas Parish Church, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1908
The Brown Gallery, Knole
The Brown Gallery, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1908
The Leicester Gallery, Knole
The Leicester Gallery, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1908
The Rhododendron and Azalea Garden, Ashgrove
The Rhododendron and Azalea Garden, Ashgrove, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1908
A Garden Walk, Penshurst Place
A Garden Walk, Penshurst Place painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1909
North West Front, Knole
North West Front, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1909
The Great Hall, Knole
The Great Hall, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1909
The Cartoon Gallery, Knole
The Cartoon Gallery, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1909
King James I Bedroom, Knole
King James I Bedroom, Knole, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1909
Ightham Village
Ightham Village painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1909
Ightham Mote
Ightham Mote painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1909
Sunset view from the High Street
Sunset view from the High Street, Sevenoaks painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
English Homes and Villages
 
1909
Entrance Hall, Hever Castle
Entrance Hall, Hever Castle, Hever painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
1910
Pergola, Italian Garden, Hever Castle
Pergola, Italian Garden, Hever Castle, Hever painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
1910
Italian Garden, Hever Castle
Italian Garden, Hever Castle, Hever painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
1910
The Courtyard, Hever Castle
The Courtyard, Hever Castle, Hever painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
1910
Banqueting Hall, Hever Castle
Banqueting Hall, Hever Castle, Hever painted by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
1910
Upper St Johns
Upper St Johns, Sevenoaks photographed by Charles Essenhigh Corke
Private collection
 
22nd Feb 1922
Died
Public records

Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
Cork, Corke, Corks family records
The ancestral pedigree of Charles Essenhigh Corke, artist and photographer
  
 Richard Corkem: 21st Nov 1805 Eynsford, KentKerenhappuch Woodhams 
 b: c 1780  b: c 1785
  
          
Charles  Isaac Silas Ann John Alfred Henry Frederick 
b: 1813 Sevenoaks, Kent  b: 1817 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 21st Mar 1817 St. Nicholas Parish Church
 b: 1819 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 1st Aug 1819 St. Nicholas Parish Church
 b: 1822 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 2nd Jun 1822 St. Nicholas Parish Church
 b: 1824 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 23rd May 1824 St. Nicholas Parish Church
 b: 1826 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 18th Jun 1826 St. Nicholas Parish Church
 b: 1826 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 18th Jun 1826 St. Nicholas Parish Church
 b: 1828 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 5th Dec 1828 St. Nicholas Parish Church
 
   Edward                 
   b: 1815 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 3rd Feb 1815 St. Nicholas Parish Church
                 
                    
Grandfather record
   
   
   
1st marriage Charles Corke
butcher
m: c 1850Mary Essenhigh 
 b: 1813 Sevenoaks, Kent  b: 1814 Dartford, Kent
  
  
 Charles Essenhigh 
 b: 17th Oct 1852 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 28th Nov 1852 St. Nicholas Parish Church
d: 22nd Feb 1922
 
    
Parental record
   
   
   
 Charles Essenhigh Corke
artist and photographer
m: c 1878Alice Miskin 
 b: 17th Oct 1852 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 28th Nov 1852 St. Nicholas Parish Church
d: 22nd Feb 1922
  b: 1858 Rochester, Kent
  
        
 Mary Alice Henry Essenhigh Daisy Essenhigh Laurence Essenhigh Beatrice Essenhigh Nora Essenhigh Douglas Essenhigh 
 b: c 1882
d: 1884
 b: 3rd Oct 1883 Sevenoaks, Kent
d: 1919
 b: c 1884 Sevenoaks, Kent
d: 1887
 b: 1885 Sevenoaks, Kent
d: 1968
 b: 1888 Sevenoaks, Kent
d: May 1970
 b: 1890 Sevenoaks, Kent b: 16th Dec 1896 Sevenoaks, Kent
ch: 31st Jan 1897 St. Nicholas Parish Church
d: 23rd Dec 1978
 
                 
Family record

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