A little concern for the attendance of about 40 was the late arrival of the speaker due to traffic problems on the infamous M4. However, the talk by Naylor Firth was well worth waiting for.
The Curre story starts in about 1387 when John Curre served as an archer under Admiral Richard Fairfax. The family was then based in Hungerford in Berkshire.
A major problem in tracing the Curre family is that every generation has a John and a William as the principal male members.
One John Curre was the chief steward of the Duke of Beaufort in the 1680s at Troy House in Mitchell Troy in Monmouthshire. The family in subsequent generations concentrated on expanding their lands- often by the simple process of marrying into riches. They acquired many estates principally in Monmouthshire and Glamorgan. Their main centre was Itton Court, Devauden near Chepstow, which they purchased in 1749.
Although the Curres engaged in all the activities of the landed gentry- polo, fox hunting (with their famous specially bred all white foxhounds), horse racing and cricket- they always treated their workers well and were well liked and respected.
All things come to an end, however, and the last Curre was Lady Augusta Curre who died in 1956 and Itton Court was then sold and divided into apartments.