At Mr F. W. Banks' birthday dinner at the Junior Constitutional Club,
Piccadilly, London, last Saturday night, the interesting event was the
unveiling of a bust of Sir John Bankes by Dr Richard Garnett. Dr Garnett
made his attractive speech, dealing with the career of and character of this
judge, who was born in 1589, and lived to 1644, playing a prominent part in
the earlier events of the Civil War, including his famous decision on ship
money in favour of the King. He was Attorney General in 1634, Chief Justice
of Common Pleas in 1641, and died at oxford in attendance of Charles I. Sir
John was a native of Keswick and he did not forget the fact in making his
will. He was also connected with Derbyshire, where he purchased Corte
Castle from Sir Edward Coke, and it was the heroic defence of this castle by
Lady Bankes that was the one of the events of the Civil War. This bust,
which it is hoped will eventually find a resting place at Keswick, was
executed by a promising young sculptor, Mr A. E. T. Rost of University
College School, who had to worked from the picture of Sir John by Gilbert
Jackson in the National Gallery, which was presented in 1895 by Walter Ralph
Bankes, of Kingston Lacey Hall near Winborne, a lineal descendant of the
judge. Among those present on Saturday night were the Rev W. Egerton Tapp:
then Rev G Hodgson, who spoke from the personal knowledge of the late Bishop
Creighton's immense stories of learning, and said that the office of the
Church to the state was to provided men of character; Dr John Bowes; Mr
Romanes Walker, who thought highly of the merit of Mr Rost's bust; Mr
Stanwell Birkett, who spoke as a "statesman" of Cumberland, which as the son
of Cumberland parents, he considered the finest place in this world; Mr
Beaumont Morice; the hero of Seven oaks and Mr G. Nugent Bankes, first
cousin of Mr W. R. Bankes.