The De Quincey family

Several branches of this family lived in substantial houses in Chislehurst, Oakwood, Avonhurst, Derwent House and ‘The Arab’s Tent’, now Stowcroft.  Family wealth was derived from a paint and varnish empire and from East India Merchant trading.

Richard de Quincey lived with his family at Inglewood, now part of Bullers Wood School.  Richard’s eldest son was killed in WW1 though is not commemorated on the Chislehurst War Memorial. 

Roger de Quincey (pictured here) lived at Oakwood House, and the family was renowned for the successful breeding and showing of Sealyham Terriers.

The de Quincey’s were well connected, a distant cousin was Thomas de Quincey who wrote ‘Confessions of an English Opium Eater’ and a first cousin was Charles Worth, the dress designer much associated with Empress Eugene.

You can read about the family in the account of Inglewood, produced by the Society’s Local History Group, here..