Anne Marsh Caldwell a Victorian Novelist and her family library

Anne Marsh Caldwell (1791-1873) was a prolific writer of novels, who published about 25 books between 1834 and 1863.  She was brought up at the family home of Linley Wood in Staffordshire, where her family were close friends to the Wedgwoods, Spodes, Davenports and other local families.  In 1817 Anne married Arthur Cuthbert Marsh who was the son of a rich banker.  Unfortunately in the following years all sorts of things went wrong and she had to endure a series of devastating life events. A loss of a family fortune was the reason that, at the age of 43 she embarked on a writing career.

Our speaker, JJ Heath-Caldwell, is Anne’s 3 x Great Grandson and this talk will cover much of her life and also an overview of the family library which existed at the Caldwell family home of Linley Wood from 1791 to 1949.

Tea and Coffee will be available.


Large free car park adjacent to the hall.

Visitors and Non-Members are welcome – £5 pp


Mon 16 Sep


Doors open at 7.15pm
19:30 - 21:30


Abingdon Branch
Abingdon Branch
Long Furlong Community Centre, Boulter Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1XP


Abingdon Branch - Berkshire FHS


  • JJ Heath-Caldwell
    JJ Heath-Caldwell

    Jeremy James Caldwell, known as JJ, was born in 1959 in New Zealand, and was brought up there, going to school in Stratford and Wanganui. After obtaining a BSc in Physics at Otago University in Dunedin he left New Zealand in 1980 on a one year working holiday, taking up a job as an Electronics Engineer. Having had a brief period of working in Egypt and Oman in the early 1980s followed by a fairly settled time in the UK. He is a Chartered Engineer and has spent much of his life in the electronics industry. He now runs an internet business which consists of a website that provides a national network of Surveyors and other Property Professionals, see .

    From time to time he gives talks about some of his various ancestors and their relatives. Talks to date include the following:
    Admiral Sir Leopold George Heath.
    James Caldwell of Linley Wood.
    Anne Marsh Caldwell.
    James Heath and his family.
    The Linley Wood Library and the Caldwell Family.
    History of the English in India 1612 to 1947.