Charities benefit in historian’s will

Evening Telegraph Tuesday, January 7, 2003


Ten groups will each receive over £100,000

Former historian and conservationist Tony Ireson left more than £1.3m in his will. A number of bequests ranging from £250 to £20,000 were made to friends and relatives. But most of the £1,309,784 estate is to be divided between ten charities.

Five of the charities are local and most of the others have a connection with the Roman Catholic church. Mr Ireson, 88, who died last February, was a devout Catholic.
The main beneficiaries are:
• The League of Friends of Kettering District Hospitals
• The Royal British Legion for its work in Kettering
• St. Martin-in-the-fields Church in London for its shelter for the homeless
• The Providence Row night refuge and home in London SE1
• Save the Children
• Oxfam
• Mother Teresa’s Mission in Calcutta
• St. Edward’s RC Church in Kettering for work among young people in the parish
• The Church of SS Peter and Paul, Kettering
• St. Francis House, Kettering, for the care of the elderly.
It is estimated the ten charities will each receive in excess of £100,000
Other bequests include £250 each to Northamptonshire Record Society, Kettering Art Society, Kettering Civic Society, Kettering branch of the Ileostomy Association and the National Union of Journalists’ Widows and Orphans Fund.
Mr Ireson was a former Evening Telegraph journalist and editor of Garden News
He achieved national prominence as a heritage campaigner when he fought to save his house, Beech Cottage, from the bulldozers during the redevelopment of Kettering town centre in the 1970s.
He also wrote several books about the history of Kettering and Northamptonshire.

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Keywords: Ireson; Will; Deaths; Youth Fund
Transcriber: GG: June 2014