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Nancy Quenelda Platt
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6 JUN 1895 Chester, Cheshire
Samuel Radcliffe Platt
Helen May Roberts
28 APR 1993 Harpsden, Oxfordshire aged 97
In 1911, aged 15 she was living at Shirwell Manor, Barnstaple with her widowed mother Helen, brother John, governess and 10 servants.
In 1929 she was on the electoral register as living at 1A Belgrave Square, London.

Nancy Quenelda Platt played tennis throughout the UK and the French Riviera in the 1920s and early 1930s. She was ranked number 80 in the singles in 1921 before focusing on the doubles with her cousin Phylis Mary Radcliffe.
They reached the quarter finals at Wimbledon in 1926, and the third round in 1928.
They won the South of France Championships at Nice on the 10th February 1930, 6-3, 6-3 against Satterthwaite & Ridley.
She also won in May 1926 the Singles, Phyllis Court Tournament at Henley-on-Thames.
She played the Woman's no 1 and very popular French woman Suzanne Lenglen (considered to be among the best 5 players of all time) several times both in singles and doubles. The results were typicaly heavy defeats such as 6-1,6-0 at Singles in Nice in 1921, and 6-0, 6-0 at the Doubles finals in Monte Carlo in 1922.

Tennis results (1921-1933)
1921, February 28-March 6, Monte Carlo Championships, Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay)
Venue: La Festa Club
1R: M Septier d. N Platt 5-7 6-1 6-1

1921, March 14-21, South of France Championships, Nice, France (Clay)
Venue: Place Mozart
Singles, 1R: Suzanne Lenglen d. NQ Platt 6-1 6-0
Doubles, SF Lenglen/Ryan d PM Radcliffe/NQ Redcliffe Platt 6-0 6-1

1921, March 21-28, Cote d'Azur Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Cannes Lawn Tennis Club
1R: N Platt d. F M Halkett 6-4 6-2
QF: Madeline O'Neill d. N Platt w/o

1921, March 28-April 3, Cannes Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Beau Site Hotel
1R: J Sanders d. N Platt 6-1 7-5

In 1921, she was ranked 80th. (Suzanne Lenglen was No 1)

1922, February 6-11, Nice First Meeting, Nice, France (Clay)
1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite d. N Platt w/o

1922, February 13-19, Carlton Club Second Meeting, Cannes, France (Clay)
1R: N Platt d. Mlle Leblanc 6-3 6-1
2R: N Platt d. G M Mann 9-7 6-1
QF: Madeline O'Neill d. N Platt 6-2 6-2

1922, February 27-March 5, Monte Carlo Championships, Monaco (Clay)
Venue: La Festa Club
1R: N Platt d. A M Bennett 6-1 6-2
2R: Madeline O'Neill d. N Platt 6-2 6-1
DF: Suzanne Lenglen/Elizabeth Ryan (US) d. Miss Platt (GB)/Miss Radcliffe (GB) 6-0 6-0

1922, March 20-26, Cote d'Azur Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)
1R: N Platt d. Miss O'Brien 6-1 6-0
3R: Geraldine Beamish d. N Platt 6-0 6-0

1922, March 27-April 2, Cannes Championships, France (Clay)
Venue: Beau-Site Hotel
1R: Phyllis Satterthwaite d. N Platt w/o

1R N. Q. Platt/P.M. Radcliffe d /Elizabeth Macready/Violet Pinckney 3-6 6-3 6-2
2R Platt/Radcliffe d Bain/Fenwick default
QF Geen/McNair d Platt/Radcliffe default

In 1922, she was ranked 76th. Her cousin P M Radcliffe was 46th. (Suzanne Lenglen was No 1)

1923, September 24-October 1 - ROEHAMPTON Hard Courts
2R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt d. Mrs L Fletcher 6-4 6-4
3R: Nancy Platt d. D Moore 6-3 4-6 7-5
4R: Mrs Elliot d. Nancy Platt 6-0 6-2

1924, April 21-26, British Hard Court Championships, Torquay, Devon, (Clay)
1R: Dorothy Shepherd-Barron d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 6-0 6-2
2R: Miss J W Austin and Miss E L Colyer beat Miss P M Radcliffe and Miss N Q Radcliffe-Platt 6-0,9-7

1924, April 26-May 1, Windlesham, Surrey, England (Grass)
DF: Blanche Colston/Elisabeth Macready and Phyllis Radcliffe/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt divided the prizes

1924, May 12-17, Phyllis Court, Henley, London, England (Clay)
1R: Nancy Platt d. B F Slade 6-0 6-0
2R: Nancy Platt d. E M Stokes 6-3 7-5
3R: Nancy Radcliffe Platt d. Mrs Kingzett 6-3 6-2
QF: Claire Beckingham d. Nancy Radcliffe Platt 6-4 6-2

1924, June 23-July 5, The Championships, Wimbledon
1R: Mrs. I.F. Elliott/Hilda Wallis (Ire) d. Phylis Radcliffe/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 6-4 1-6 6-4
Joan Barrett/Julian Lezard (SA) d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt/Charles Kingsley default

1925, February 2-8, Nice Second Meeting, France (Clay), Venue: Parc Imperial
1R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt d. Mrs A A Hall 6-1 3-6 8-6
2R: Suzanne Lenglen d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 6-0 6-0
QF: Lenglen/Vlasto d. Phylis Ratcliffe (GB)/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) 6-0 6-2

1925, February 23-March 2, Monte Carlo Championships, Monaco (Clay), Venue: La Festa Club
Cristobel Hardie d. Nancy Platt 6-2 5-7 6-2

1925, March 16-22, Cote d'Azur Champsionsips, Cannes, France (Clay), Venue: Cannes LTC
2R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt d. D Cowan 6-0 6-1
3R: Lili De Alvarez d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 6-0 6-4

1925, June 29th Monday, Wimbledon
2R: Mrs Lambert Chambers and Miss E H Harvey beat Miss Radcliffe and Miss Radcliffe-Platt 6-2, 6-2

1925, July 13-18, Herne Bay, Kent, England (Grass)
Final: Phyllis Radcliffe/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt d. Miss Hawkins/Miss Payne 6-0, 6-1

1926, January 25-31, Gallia Club, Cannes, France (Clay)
1R: Regina Vlasto d Radcliffe Platt 6-3 6-0

1926, April 12-17, The Great Britain Hard Court Championships Torquay Draw 25
1R: Radcliffe Platt D Noott V 6/0-6/1
2R: Radcliffe Platt D Radcliffe P W.0
1/QF: Morison D Radcliffe Platt 6/8-6/3-6/4

2R: Miss N Q Radcliffe Platt and Miss P M Radcliffe bt Mrs R C Middleton and Miss D A Shaw 6-2, 6-0

1926, April 19-24, The Surrey Hard Court Championships Roehampton
Enid Broadbridge D Radcliffe Platt N 3/6-6/3-9/7

1926, May, Phyllis Court Tournament, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (Clay)
Final: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt d. J. Crisp 6-1 6-4

1926, Wimbledon
2R: Nancy Radcliffe Platt/Phylis Radcliffe d. O. Bevir/R. Watson 6-3 6-1
3R: Radcliffe Platt/Radcliffe d. Contostavlos/Crosfield 6-8 6-2 7-5
QF: Colyer/Godfree d. Radcliffe Platt/Radcliffe 6-2 6-3

1926, July 26-August 2 Wentworth Tournament, Virginia Water. England
1R: Nancy Platt d. F M Cooper 6-3 6-2
2R: Nancy Platt d. M R Dorman 6-2 6-1
3R: Mildred Coles d. Nancy Platt 6-3 6-1

1927, June 6-11, Formby, Lancashire, England (Grass)
DF: Claire Beckingham/Ellinor Weston d. Phyllis Radcliffe/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 4-6, 7-5, 6-0

1928, CANNES - New Courts Club - January 16-23
2R: Bennett d. Nancy Radcliffe Platt 6-0 6-8 6-1

1928, May 14-19, Phyllis Court, Henley, England (Clay)
DF: Nancy Palmer Edwards/E. Stokes d. Phyllis Radcliffe/Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 6-3 6-2

1930, Jan 21, Cannes, Riviera Tournament
2R: Miss Radcliffe Platt bear Mrs Tottenham, 8-10, 7-5, 6-4

1930 WEST KENSINGTON - May 5-12
1R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt d. J E Stevens 6-2 6-3
2R: Radcliffe-Platt d. R K Hobson 6-3 6-3
3R: Guyer d. Radcliffe-Platt 6-4 2-6 6-2

1930, MIDDLESEX CHAMPIONSHIPS - Chiswick Park - May 26-June 2
2R: Nancy Radcliffe-Platt d. Susan Noel 6-4 6-3
3R: List d. Radcliffe-Platt 6-3 6-4

1930, Wimbledon
1R: Mrs C. H. Jameson and Miss R Watson beat Miss P. M. Radcliffe and Miss N. Q. Radcliffe Platt 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

1931, January 19-25, New Courts Lawn Tennis Club, Cannes, France (Clay)
2R: Lucia Valerio d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 6-1 6-1

1931, February 23-March 1, Monte Carlo, Monaco (Clay), Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club
1R: Ida Adamoff d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 6-3 6-2

1931, March 2-8, Riviera Championships, Menton, France (Clay)
3R: Aussem d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt 6-1 6-3

1932, June 24, Wimbledon, Ladies Doubles
Miss M E Dix and Mrs E C Peters beat Miss P M Radcliffe and N Q Radcliffe Platt 5-7, 7-5, 6-0
(Portsmouth Evening News - Friday 24 June 1932)

1933, January 23-31, Mediterranean Championships, Cannes, France (Clay)
Venue: Cannes New Court Tennis Club
2R: Miss Fraser d. Nancy Radcliffe-Platt (GB) 7-5 6-2

Source: Above compiled from and

1939 Register:
Hill House, Henley R.D., Oxfordshire
Quenelda N Radcliff-Platt 6 Jun 1895 Private-means, single
Phyllis M Radcliffe 10 May 1892 Private - means, single
Ethel M Ford 26 May 1887 , Private-means, widowed
Lily M Sheffield (Hoyles) 12 Jul 1914, cook

From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:
The younger daughter of S. R. Platt, Nancy Quenelda Platt (1895–1993), proved to be the longest-lived member of the whole family. She never married but developed an avid interest in the history of the Radcliffe family. Her grandmother Alice had been a Radcliffe and two of her aunts had married Radcliffes. Her interest may have been influenced by the decision of her elder sister to prefer the style of Angela May to her given name of Alice, which was that of her grandmother. That interest culminated in the formal change of her own name, presumably by deed poll, from Platt to Radcliffe-Platt. She died at the age of ninety-seven on 28 April 1993 and was interred at Witherslack, Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, where her favourite aunt, Emily Bertha Radcliffe (1858–1950), had resided until her death at the age of ninety-one, leaving £5345. The estate of Nancy Quenelda Radcliffe-Platt totalled £8,235,256: in real terms, when adjustment has been made for the depreciation in the value of the pound, it was much less than the estate left by John Platt in 1872.

From the Independent, Monday, 4 October 1993
Riches go begging
Solicitors are searching for relatives of Nancy Platt, 97, of Harpsden, Oxfordshire, who left pounds 8.21m in her will without naming beneficiaries.

Wills, Saturday, 23 October 1993
Nancy Quenelda Platt, of Harpsden, Oxfordshire, left estate valued at pounds 8,213,039 net. She left pounds 2,000 each to the St John Ambulance Brigade, Henley on Thames, the Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, and the Friends of the Elderly, pounds 1,000 each to Harpsden Church, Miss Smallwood's Society and the British Heart Foundation, pounds 500 to Witherslack Church, Cumbria and pounds 225,000 to be divided into 15 shares: two shares each to the London Association for the Blind, PDSA, Sue Ryder Foundation (to benefit the Nettlebed Home), and the Friends of the Elderly, and one share each to Barnardo's, NSPCC, Treloar Trust, Cancer Research Campaign, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, National Art Collections Fund and John Grooms Association for the Disabled.
Nancy Quenelda Radcliffe Platt reaching 3rd round of Wimbledon in 1929 Ladies doubles with cousin Radcliffe

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