Kingslyn

Kingslyn was a grand Victorian villa to the east of Grange Road where Kingslyn Crescent stands today.  It was built by Dr W S Black in about 1877 and was numbered 1 Grange Road.  Kingslyn had four large reception rooms including a 30 foot dining room with parquet flooring and lounge, billiard room and conservatory on the ground floor, ten bedrooms, two dressing rooms two bathrooms and servant’s offices and quarters.  There was a large entrance hall with tessellated marble floor and which extended upwards through three floors to a stained glass ‘lanthorn’, lantern.  Within the extensive grounds there was a porter’s lodge, garage, stabling, a cottage for the head gardener, kitchen garden, croquet lawn, tennis court and orchard.  Beneath the house was an extensive wine cellar and strong room.

Kingslyn in the 1930s, Grange Road to the left.