Farquhar Road

Farquhar Road links Dulwich Wood Park and Crystal Palace Parade adjacent to what was the site of the Crystal Palace High Level railway station. It took until 1863 for the Crystal Palace Company to agree housing layouts along Dulwich Wood Park and Farquhar Road with the Dulwich Estate.

Maps and Land Ownership
Any start on the Farquhar Road housebuilding was then delayed until the completion of the new Crystal Palace High Level Station and the railway line to it – understandably it was felt that it would be not ideal to build a number of high specification house with gardens actually backed on to the railway limes while the railway and tunnels were still under construction. The station was up and running from August 1865 and it took another three years before the Crystal Place Company started building – the first houses to be completed were Nos. 4-20. Residents of Farquhar Road include Richard P Nicholls Secretary of the London and County Bank in Lombard Street, William Robinson a linen draper and silk manufacturer to the Royal Family and the Rudall family who were bond investors in addition to connections with the Spanish wine trade in Salamanca.

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DE Minutes 03/1862: Note that the Crystal Palace Company had arranged with the District Gas Company to have their roads though Dulwich Wood and in front of the Crystal Palace lighted with gas, suggest that the Governors should arrange for lighting Penge Road from the commencement of the Crystal Palace Company’s road to the Tollgate, for which it appears about 12 lamps would be required – referred for further discussion.

No 2 – Robert Grout (59) Railway station master

In 1910 No 2 is Walter Chave & Walter J Snelling coal merchants, Tyne Main Coal Company Ltd – and the next site is this site was the Coal Cooperative Society – coal merchants

In 1921 this site was the Coal Cooperative Society – coal merchants

Spinney Gardens, 1981-84 (architect – PCKO Partnership)

We will meet resident Justin Keeble for an insider’s view on the estate

PCKO Partnership (now PCKO Architects) was set up on the back of winning an RIBA competition for energy efficient housing on this site in 1981. They are now very well-known both for social housing and environmentally sustainable projects.

      Floor plans

The project won a 1985 Energy Award and a 1987 Housing Award. The citation for the latter noted: “In 1980, the Abbey National Building Society decided to put ‘building’ back into the Building Society movement, and run a housing competition for at cost sale in Crystal Palace. They asked architects Darbourne and Darke (Award winners themselves from 1969 to 1981) to write the brief, who suggested the centrepiece of the competition should be fuel efficiency.

So for the first time the now familiar concepts of affordable housing and energy conservation were linked in a design brief. And the winning scheme, by the young team later to be known as PCKO, came up with the first mainstream use of passive solar building for housing, with two storey triangular conservatories transferring radiation to a high mass wall acting as a heat store; and careful internal planning to derive maximum benefit from the building’s orientation.”

Extract from sales brochure

The substantial nature of the development – 16 houses and 30 flats – meant that it became the subject of a 12 month monitoring project, involving interviews, questionnaires and modelling studies. This found that without the special features of the design the cost of space heating would have been 30% higher. Nor was this performance at the expense of occupant comfort. There was little reported overheating, and the building was most valued for its character, strongly influenced by the feature of the conservatory.

To commemorate its Diamond Jubilee, the Housing Design Awards revisited award-winning developments of the past 60 years, looking for those that, in particular, excelled as sustainable buildings, they were looking to counter the common perception that post war buildings are being demolished due to poor design and performance. They reported “One such project is Spinney Gardens in Crystal Palace by PCKO Architects, originally awarded a Housing Design Award in 1987 and Energy Award in 1985 has won again to show its continued success over the last 20 years as an exemplar housing scheme

The project was the result of an open RIBA competition to provide low cost, affordable starter homes with energy efficiency in mind.

With today’s rocketing fuel prices, residents have good reason to be thankful for the foresight shown by both Abbey National and the architects, who went on to win two further Awards in 2003 and 2005. And now that the planting has matured, and damped down any summer overheating, the special character that made it a winner in 1987 is stronger than ever”

The architects’ current website notesEnvironmental features incorporated in the scheme were far ahead of its time and together with the inspiration from the site history and character, shaped the architectural and landscape design, creating a lasting sense of place highly valued by the residents.”

Many of the houses were converted into flats after 1910 as their values fell – their 84-year leases were due to end in 1937. Many received bomb damage during WW2 and most had been demolished by the mid-1950s. The last one remaining was No. 18 which was still lived in as late as 1960. The final official train service to the Crystal Palace High Level Station ran on 18th September 1954 although a privately hired steam train, the ‘Palace Centenarian’ ran to and from the station the following day to commemorate 100 years of the Crystal Palace (1854-1954). The removal of the tracks started in the Autumn of 1956 despite a last-ditch effort by some local LCC councillors to reinstate the line to serve the projected new National Sports Centre. The station building stood until 1961 but from 1962 the site was empty. In the late 60s, the LCC put a number of prefabricated housing units on the site while discussions were held about a possible redevelopment – Dulwich MP Sam Silkin was keen that the LCC should build a scheme, but nothing came of it.

The short-term housing had gone by 1979 and the site was redeveloped in three phases. The southern end was used for a large residential nursing home for Kings Community Health Council (now the Bowley Close Rehabilitation Centre) while the centre section was sold to a housing developer. The northern section, largely hidden behind the woods was sold to the Abbey National Building Society. At that time the organisation was keen to undertake its own housing developments, to bring ‘building’ back into the Building Society movement, and it sponsored an open architectural competition for an affordable housing scheme based on sustainability and energy conservation. The winning scheme, now called Spinney Gardens, by architects PCKO, introduced the first mainstream use of passive solar building for housing in the UK, with two storey triangular conservatories transferring radiation to a high mass wall acting as a heat store; and careful internal planning to derive maximum benefit from the building’s orientation.  The project won a 1985 Energy Award and a 1987 Housing Award.

The last question to answer is what did the original houses look like. Unfortunately, there are no photographs though the ‘Britain from above’ website has a small number of aerial shots of Farquhar Road taken in the 1920s and 30s. But we do still have three adjacent houses that were built at much the same time by the Crystal Palace Company, Nos. 2, 6 and 8 Dulwich Wood Avenue – and No 2 is probably what most of them looked like except they were generally three stories high rather than two.

Darleydale – courtesy of Prideaux family

Farquhar Road 1975 from Facebook

Farquhar Road 2 1975 from Facebook

61 Farquhar – Ravenstone 1916 demolished 1973 facebook

Farquhar in the background

Farquhar Road 2021


Significant Street Buildings

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Social History




  Crystal Palace High Level Station opens 1865
1871 Census:
1881 Census:
1891 Census:
1894 POLSSD: Robert Grout
1896 POLSSD: Robert Grout
1900 POLSSD: Robert Grout
1901 Census:
1911 Census: Walter Chave (57)

Station master + wife & son

1914 S&ND: Walter Chave
1921 Electoral register:
1931 Electoral register: Arthur & Martha Johnson & Charles Allaston
1939 Electoral register: Ernest & Beatrice Weatherill & George Denman
1951 Electoral register: Ernest. Beatrice, Arthur, Amelia & Ernest Weatherill & George Denman

Nos 4-18 are on the 1870 Ordnance Survey map

Nos 4-32 are on the 1876 Dulwich Estate map



Lease: 70¼ years from Lady-day 1867 (Minutes 1867 p82) Ground rent £12 6s 0d

1871 Census: Charles A Duke (34) – Eadale House

General practitioner MD Edinburgh + wife, 3 daughters, 3 sons & 5 servants

Is he living at Fernside or Hurstborne, 5 Sydenham Hill in 1881?

1872 POLCSD: Mrs Mills
1876 POLSD: Mrs Mills
1880 POLSD: Mrs Mills
1881 Census: Hannah Mills (81) – born in Vermont USA – ‘Farquhar House’

Widow + daughter, 2 granddaughters & 4 servants

1884 POSSD: General Pratt
  General Robert Pratt (18 -86) served with the 41st Regiment throughout the campaign of 1842 in Afghanistan (Medal) and was present at the engagement with the enemy on the 28th of April in the Pisheen Valley; in those of the 29th May near Candahar, 30th August at Goaine, 5th September before Ghuznee; at the occupation and destruction of that fortress and of Cabool, the expedition into Kohistan, storm and capture and destruction of Istaliff, and the various minor affairs in and between the Bolan and Khyber Passes.  Served in the Crimea from the 18th May, 1855, including the siege and fall of Sebastopol and attacks of the Redan on the 18th June and 8th September- wounded (Medal with Clasp, and Brevet of Lt. Colonel, dated 2nd Nov. 1855, Sardinian and Turkish Medals, and 5th Class of the Medjidie).


He joined Sir Colin Campbell’s Army before Lucknow on 14th November, 1857 and was at the relief of the Garrison, also at the defeat of the Gwalior Contingent at Cawnpore on 6th December and at the fall of Lucknow in March 1858, when he commanded the Left Column of attack on and occupation of the Iron Bridge from 11th to 15th March and was mentioned in dispatches. He commanded a Column in the chain of operations by Lord Clyde against the rebels in December 1858 and January 1859, when they were driven from Oude into the Nepal territory (Medal with two Clasps and CB).

1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: B P Nunes Executors
1891 Census: James Oliver (54) – born in France

Financial agent + wife & 4 servants

1901 they were in Canfield Gardens in Hampstead

1894 POLSSD: No name noted
1896 POLSSD: No name noted
1900 POLSSD: Mrs Roth
1901 Census: Anna M Roth (73)

Widow + 2 daughters, granddaughter & servant

1903 SNN&SD: Mrs Roth
1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: B P Nunes executors
1908 Electoral register: William Thomas Pressland
1910 POSD: William Thomas Pressland
1911 Census: Maria Bowden MacArthur (74)

Widow + visiting niece, visitor & 3 servants

1919 S&ND: Arthur Eaton
1921 Electoral register: George Baldwin Taylor
1931 Electoral register: George Baldwin, Christina, Doris, Geoffrey & Gladys Taylor & Stanley & Maria Robeson,
1939 Electoral register: No name noted
1951 Electoral register: No name noted


6 FARQUHAR ROAD ‘FARQUHAR LODGE’ & ‘INVERMARK’ (1886 RR says Farquhar Lodge)   


Lease: 70¼ years from Lady-day 1867 (Minutes 1867 p83) Ground rent £12 6s 0d

1871 Census: Bella P Nunes (57)

Widow & no profession noted + daughter, 2 visitors & 6 servants

1872 POLCSD: No name noted
1876 POLSD: No name noted
1880 POLSD: Mrs Newall
1881 Census: Caroline Newall (57) – Farquhar Lodge

Widow living on independent means + 2 daughters & 2 servants

1884 POLSSD: Mrs Newall
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: B P Nunes Executors
1891 Census: No name noted – empty?
1891 Electoral register: Eliza Matilda Perkes
1892 POLSSD: Mrs Bradshaw
1894 POLSSD: No name noted
1896 POLSSD: Rev John James Milne MA – private tutor
1900 POLSSD: Thomas Groves
1901 Census: John Groves (70)

Retired timber merchant + daughter & 4 servants

1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: B P Nunes executors
1907 Electoral register: Hugh George Colvill
1909 S&ND: Frederick William Alfred Clarke
1911 Census: Frederick William Alfred Clarke (53)

Civil service accountant in the comptroller’s office + wife, 4 sons & 3 servants

He was knighted in 1917

He had four sons, three of whom went to Dulwich College – Eric Fitzgerald, Desmond Frederick Aubrey and Wilfred Francis Clarke – two were killed in WW1.

  Frederick William Alfred Clarke (1857-1927) was the Accountant and Comptroller-General of HM Customs and Excise. His wife was a well-known romantic novelist in the 1930s.  Born Bridget Josephine Moylan, she came from Cork and her mother was the matron, and her father the headmaster, of the Model School. Her father went on to become a Barrington Lecturer on Political Economy. She was one of ten children. Her oldest brother Michael became a doctor; her oldest sister a school governess and the youngest sister Vida Mary Augusta Constance Moylan (1871-1962) married William Worby Beaumont, an engineer and inventor. Her sister Hannah became the first woman to get a degree in Science in Ireland. In 1873 the family moved to Limerick where they were living when her mother died.


Clarke move to England where she went by Josephine Fitzgerald Moylan. She became Lady Josephine Fitzgerald Clarke when in 1893 she married Sir Frederick William Alfred Clarke (1857-1927). Their children were: Eric Fitzgerald Clarke (1894-1917); Desmond Frederick Aubrey Clarke (1896-1984); Gerald Wilfred Francis Clarke (1899-1918), and Philip Edward Joseph Clarke (1907-1973). After her husband died in 1927 Clarke began writing romantic novels under the nom de plume of “Errol Fitzgerald”. She published over 40 novels in the next twenty years

  Captain Eric Fitzgerald Clarke (1894-1917) was the eldest of four sons of Frederick Clarke, Comptroller-General of H.M. Customs, and his wife Josephine. Two of his three brothers, as well as a cousin, would go on to follow in his footsteps by attending Dulwich. Whilst at the College he served as an Editor of The Alleynian for two years and also won both the Doughty Memorial Prize for Literature, and the Anstie Memorial Reading Prize, later to be won by his younger brother. After leaving he went on to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he had earned a Classical Scholarship, and went on to become a member of the University’s Officer Training Corps. As a result of this membership, he was given a commission on the outbreak of war, with the 3rd Battalion, London Regiment, with whom he went to Malta and Khartoum. Eric was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1915, and during this period served as editor of the regimental newspaper, also having some of his writings appear in Punch magazine. In September the regiment went to Gallipoli, where he was to be wounded at Suvla Bay, returning to Egypt to recover. The next month he was promoted once more, to Captain, and shortly afterwards was attached to the 13th Battalion, where he served as acting Major, and was for a time in command of the battalion. On 9 April 1917 he was in France, and was leading ‘A’ Company into battle at Neuville Vitasse near Arras when he was hit in the head by a machine gun and killed, less than ten days after his 23rd birthday.
  2nd Lieutenant Gerald Wilfred Francis Clarke (1899-1918): Gerald was the third of four sons of Frederick Clarke, Comptroller-General of H.M. Customs and his wife Josephine. He was one of four Alleynians in the family, as his two elder brothers, as well as a cousin, were also Dulwich pupils. Whilst at the College he won the Anstie Memorial Reading Prize, previously won by his eldest brother, Eric, as well as a prize for a piano composition. Additionally, in his final year he won the Masters’ Cup, awarding to the outstanding Platoon Commander in the O.T.C. Upon leaving Dulwich Gerald went into the R.A.F. in the spring of 1918, and by July had “earned his wings” as a fully qualified pilot, faster than any of those who entered the service alongside him. He had been due to transfer to France in early September when, whilst serving at Hounslow, he was killed in an accident whilst attempting to start a fellow officer’s aircraft. His eldest brother Eric, a fellow OA, had fallen near Arras the previous year.
1912 S&ND: Frederick William Alfred Clarke
1913 S&ND: Charles Butcher, Solicitor & Commissioner for oaths
1916 S&ND: Charles Butcher, Solicitor & Commissioner for oaths
1921 POSD: John Engledow
1931 Electoral register: John & Violet Engledow, Daisy Ewers, Cathleen & Sarah Fitzgerald
1939 Electoral register: No name noted
1951 Electoral register: No name noted


8 FARQUHAR ROAD ‘MEDINA HOUSE’ (no mention of Medina House in 1886 RR)


Lease: 70¼ years from Lady-day 1867 (Minutes 1867 p119) Ground rent £15 12s 6d

1871 Census: James Davidson (56)

Annuitant + 2 daughters & 2 servants

1872 POCSD: James Davidson
1876 POLSD: Edward Thomas Ivimy
1877 Furniture and effects sold


8 FARQUHAR ROAD ‘NEWTON HOUSE’ (incorporating Medina House from 1886)


Lease: 70¼ years from Lady-day 1867 (Minutes 1867 p119) Ground rent £15 12s 6d

1871 Census: Anne Mackenzie (66)

Widow + 6 daughters, adopted daughter, son, 2 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, a visitor & 4 servants

1872 POCSD: Mrs Mackenzie
1876 POLSD: James Forbes Ogilvie, physician
1881 Census: No name noted
1881 POSSD: Edwin Plowman
1884 POSSD: Edwin Plowman
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: E Plowman
1891 Census: James Holland (31)

Jobbing gardener + wife, daughter & servant

1894 POLSSD: Edwin Plowman
1896 POLSSD: Edwin Plowman

Fish factor 117 Lower Thames Street

He is on the electoral register but he appears to be living elsewhere.

1900 POLSSD: Rev John J Jackson
1901 Census: John J Jackson (80)

Retired clergyman in the Church of Ireland + wife, daughter, visitor & 2 servants

1903 SNN&SD: John J Jackson
1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: E Plowman
1907 Electoral register: John Joseph Jackson
1911 Census: Agnes Jackson (70)

Widow + visitor & 2 servants

1914 S&ND: Mrs Jackson
1919 S&ND Mrs Jackson
1921 POSD: Mrs F Dickson
1931 Electoral register: Ian, Francis & Edith Dickson
1936 POLD: Mrs Dickson
1939 Electoral register: No name noted
1951 Electoral register: No name noted




Lease: 70¼ years from Lady-day 1867 (Minutes 1867 p88) Ground rent £15 12s 6d

1871 Census: Miss Sidney Madocks (52)

Retired on dividends + 2 servants

1872 POLCSD: Miss Madocks
1876 POLSD: Miss Madocks
1881 Census: Miss Sidney Madocks (63)

Living on dividends + 2 servants

1883 St James Gazette 9/03/1883: She is left £8000 from the will of George Tierney, ‘Diplomat Fellow of Merton College oxford along with her six brothers & sisters.

She was one of five daughters & 2 sons of John Edward Madocks, (1786-1837) who was a politician and landowner and served as Liberal Welsh MP for Municipalities of Denbigh between 1832-35. He served as High Sherriff of Denbighshire in 1821. His wife was called Sidney. He died at his house Glan y Wern – hence the name!

1884 POSSD: Miss Madocks
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Miss S F Madocks
1891 Census: Miss Sidney Madocks (73)

Living on own means + 2 servants

1891 Electoral register: Miss Sidney Frances Madocks
1900 POLSSD: Miss Madocks
1901 Census: Only staff at home
1903 SNN&SD: George Sargent Oldfield
1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Miss A Madocks
1905 Electoral register: George Sargent Oldfield
1911 Census: George Sargent Oldfield (63)

Private means & director of two companies + wife, 2 sons & 2 servants

1913 Electoral register: George Sargent Oldfield
  George Sargent Oldfield (1847-1922) Two sons went to Dulwich College from 1901:

Clement Victor Oldfield (1887-1947)

Claude Houghton Oldfield (1889-1961) was the son of George Sargent Oldfield (a public secretary) and his wife Elizabeth Harriett née Thomas. After being schooled at Dulwich College, he trained as an accountant. During the First World War, he was rejected for combat service because of poor eyesight and served instead in the Admiralty. He married an actress, Dulcie Benson, in 1920, and the couple moved to a cottage in the Chilterns. He died in 1961 in EastbourneEast Sussex.


Houghton’s literary career began in the 1910s, with the publication of some of his poems in G. K. Chesterton‘s magazine The New Witness. He would later cite Gustave FlaubertHonoré de Balzac, and William Blake as influences on his writing. Several of his novels contain fantastic elements, including the afterlife fantasy Julian Grant Loses His Way and the borderline science-fictional This Was Ivor Trent, about an author who has a vision of a future human being. Houghton stated that all his fiction was based on the belief that modern civilization would collapse “because it no longer believes it has a destiny”. Though he never achieved great popularity with the general public, Houghton’s work was praised by such fellow writers as J. B. Priestley, Hugh WalpoleClemence Dane, and Henry Miller.


In 1935, Walpole wrote: I believe Claude Houghton to be one of the most interesting and one of the most important novelists now writing in England. With none of his contemporaries can one compare him—his odd mixtures of reality and fantasy, his gifts of drama and philosophy, his unusual and significant and courageous themes, his natural aptitude for narrative, this last one of the rarest of gifts among novelists today. In the same year a slim volume of Walpole’s and Dane’s commendations of Houghton’s novels was published.


Henry Miller was particularly partial to Houghton’s Hudson Rejoins the Herd, of which he wrote: “What so startled me, in reading this book, was that it appeared to give a picture of my most intimate life during a certain crucial period. The outer circumstances were ‘disguised,’ but the inner ones were hallucinatingly real. I could not have done better myself.” In 1995, some of the correspondence between Miller, Houghton, and the Chicago bookseller Ben Abramson was published in Writers Three: A Literary Exchange. Houghton’s novels were translated into French, German, and Czech, and President Tomáš Masaryk of Czechoslovakia was another admirer of his work. Houghton’s best-known novel is I Am Jonathan Scrivener,

1919 S&ND: George Cawson
  2nd Lieutenant George Adrian Cawson (1899-1917): George was born in Anerley, the son of engineering clerk George Cawson and his wife Phoebe. He was their twelfth child, and tenth son, of whom he was the only one who went on to attend the College. Whilst at Dulwich he specialised in science and engineering, before leaving in late 1914 as a result of the war. Although he was aged just fifteen and a half, he joined the “Hawke” Battalion of the Royal Naval Division after Dulwich, but as a result of his age stayed in England training for the next two and a half years, during which he transferred to the Artists Rifles. In June 1917 he took a commission, and two months later transferred again, this time to the Royal Flying Corps, with whom he went across to France, joining up with the 56th Squadron. On November 30th he was involved in a dogfight with German planes above Cambrai when his plane was shot down.
1921 POSD: Mrs Cawson
1931 Electoral register: Sybil Cawson, Nora Egan, Constance Magee & Catherine O’Dwyer
1936 POLD: Mrs Cawson
1939 Electoral register: No name noted
1951 Electoral register: No name noted




Lease: 70 years from Lady-day 1867 (Minutes 1867 p98) Ground rent £20 10s 0d

1869 Bedfordshire Mercury 20//1869: List of members of the L&C Bank – Richard P Nicolls, Dudley Lodge, Farquhar Road, Upper Norwood, Esquire
1871 Census: Richard P Nichols (67)

Retired Director of the London & County Bank + wife & 2 servants

Richard P Nichols (1803-87)

He was the Secretary of the London & County Bank in Lombard Street

His married his first wife, Mary Anne Nunn (1808-74) on 20/10/1829

He married his second wife, Sarah Wilstrop (1823-1912) on 6/08/1874 and they moved to Hove, W Sussex.

1872 POLCSD: Richard Peter Nichols – at Dudley Lodge
1875 Weston-super-Mare Gazette 9/01/1875: Mr Charles B Cornish Brown, second and only surviving son of Mr J W Cornish, of Clifton, and nephew of Mr William Browne, of Glastonbury, has been accidentally drowned at Calais. Mr Brown was married only 11 months ago and his wife, daughter of Captain

Field, late of the Daedalus training ship at Bristol, expects shortly to be confined

1876 POLSD: Mrs Cornish – at Clifton Lodge
1880 POLSD: Mrs Cornish Brown
1881 Western Times 3/02/1881: DEATH: Cornish – Jan 29 at Clifton Lodge, Farquhar Road, Norwood, Amelia, wife of the late John William Cornish Esq of Clifton
1881 Bristol Mercury 1/04/1881: The will of Mrs Amelia Cornish, late of Clifton Lodge Norwood, who died on January 29 last, was proved on the 12th ult., by Henry Pollock, the nephew, Charles Frederick Bailey, and Charles Cornish Brown, the nephew, the executors, the personal estate been sworn under £45,000. The testatrix leads to executors £200 each, to Blanche Daubeney £500, to her sister Caroline Brown an annuity of £200, to her sister Georgina Anne Brown an annuity of £100, to her daughter-in-law, Mrs Bertha Ann Cornish Brown, her residence, with the furniture, plate, and effects during widowhood, legacies to her servants, and the residue of her property, real and personal upon trust for her grandson, John Charles Cornish.
1881 Census: No name noted – empty
1884 POSSD: Mrs Cornish-Browne
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Mrs Bertha Anne Cornish-Browne
  John Cornish Brown (1858-1906) was an English naturalist and author. was an English naturalist and author. Born at Salcombe House, near Sidmouth, the residence of his grandfather, Charles John Cornish, J.P., D.L., was eldest son of Charles John Cornish, then curate of SidburyDevon, by his first wife, Anne Charlotte Western (died 1887). He was brought up at DebenhamSuffolk, where his father became vicar in 1859. In 1872 he entered Charterhouse School as a gownboy, and left in 1876. After time as a private tutor, he entered Hertford College, Oxford, as a commoner in 1881, was elected Brunsell exhibitioner in 1882 and Lusby scholar in 1883. In the same year he obtained a blue in association football, a second class in classical moderations in 1883, and a second class in literae humaniores in 1885.

In 1885, Cornish was appointed assistant classical master at St Paul’s School, London, a position he held for the rest of his life. Soon after coming to London he began to write articles on natural history and country life, and in 1890 became a regular contributor to The Spectator, and later to Country Life.

Cornish lived at Orford House, Chiswick, on the border of the Thames, when he wrote The Naturalist on the Thames in 1902. Cornish died at Worthing on 30 January 1906, the cause originating in a shooting accident many years before. After cremation his ashes were interred at Salcombe Regis, near Sidmouth, and a mural tablet to his memory was placed in the parish church.

1891 Census: Col Shadwell H Clerke (55)
Colonel in the Royal Bodyguard + wife, daughter, son & 3 servants
  Col Shadwell Clerk (1836-91) The Late Grand Secretary Sad indeed is the news, which was circulated of the death of Bro Colonel Shadwell H Clerke, Grand Secretary and Grand Scribe E of England.  What makes the blow more grievous to be borne is the suddenness of its occurrence.  Col Clerke was athis post in Freemasons’ Hall on the Tuesday preceding Christmas, as he died on Christmas Day itself.  True, he was far from being in his usual health at the time, and was evidently affected by the sooty fog with which London was enveloped. But he was a hale man, of good physique, and by no means advanced in years, and not one would have imagined that Death was so near, and would claim him after so brief a warning. Shadwell Clerke, son of the late General St John Clerke, was born in the year 1836, and followedhis father into the army. He received his first commission at an early age, and served with distinction inthe Crimea, the Mediterranean and the West Indies.  As Lieutenant, he carried the regimental colours ofhis regiment up the heights of Alma, and subsequently at the storming of the Redan at Sebastopol wasgiven the command of a scaling party, in which he acquitted himself with so much gallantry that his namewas mentioned in the dispatches by the General Commanding-in-Chief. On the conclusion of the peace with Russia the 21st Fusiliers were quartered in Malta. Towards the close of the year 1860 he wasappointed firstly ADC, and afterwards Military Secretary to the Commander of the Forces in the WestIndies.  After holding his staff appointment for seven years, he rejoined his regiment in Ireland.  In 1870,we find him in garrison in Plymouth and two years later he retired as a Colonel on half pay and became aresident in London.  In 1875 he was appointed one of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms orRoyal Body Guard, and was a member of that distinguished body up to the time of his death. He wasmarried on April 29 1856 at the Cathedral, Georgetown, Demerara, to Mary, second daughter of the lateJohn De la Poer Berc Bford, Esq., eldest son of George De la Poer, and brother of Marcus Gervaise, the late and present Lords Bishop of Kilmore, and grandnephew of George De la Poer, Earl of Tyrone, and firstMarquis of Waterford.


Masonic career It is a long as well as distinguished one, dating as far back as April, 1857, on the 13thday of which he was proposed by Bro Bruce and seconded by his friend and comrade of the Crimea, BroCapt N G Philips, and on the 27th of which he was initiated in the Zetland Lodge, No. 515, Malta.  On thefollowing 27th December Bro Captain Clerke, as he then was, was one of twenty brethren on whom was conferred the degree of Past Master, though it was not till nearly three years later that he was actuallyelected and installed as WM of a lodge.  In the meantime, on the 1st February, 1858, he was proposed asa joining member of the Lodge of St John and St Paul, No 349, Malta, (still operative in Valletta); at the following meeting he was not only elected, but appointed and invested as JW, and having been advancedto the chair of SW, was elected and on 27th December, 1859, was installed as WM. During his service inthe West Indies he was a joining member of the Albion Lodge, No.196, Bridgetown, Barbados.  While in Ireland he occasionally was present at lodge meetings, though from the exigencies of military duty and hisfrequent change of quarters in that country, he was unable to join one permanently. While in garrison atPlymouth he joined the Metham Lodge, No.1205, and was appointed firstly Prov Grand Std Bearer, in 1870 and afterwards Prov. Senior Grand Warden of Devonshire in 1871. In 1872, as we have alreadymentioned, he took up his residence in London, and thenceforward his career in Masonry had been oneof exceptional brilliance and activity.  Almost his first act as a Mason was to become a member of theFriends in Council Lodge, No.1383, which was consecrated by Bro the Earl of Limerick, P G M Bristol, onthe 3rd June, 1872, with the late Bro the Earl of Carnarvon, Deputy Grand Master, as its first W M.  Following shortly after his election into this lodge, Bro Major Clerke was elected as its Treasurer, and soremained till 1875, when he was appointed SW  The year following he was unanimously elected andinstalled WM.   In 1878 he was appointed one of the Senior Grand Deacons of the United Grand Lodge, hiscolleague being the late Bro Sir Erasmus Wilson, while the Junior Grand Deacons were Bros J M PMontague – whose office of Grand Chancellor of the Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Rite, devolved only a few months since on Col. Clerke – and Bro. Raphael Costa. On this occasion His Royal Highness, the M.W. Grand Master presided in person at the Festival, having with him both in Grand Lodgeand at the banquet his illustrious relative the Crown Prince of Denmark, Grand Master of the Danish Craft,so that Bro Colonel Clerke had the honour of being invested by His Royal Highness. Towards the close ofthe year 1879, the late Bro Hervey, finding his health and the natural infirmities of age prevented him from continuing the discharge of his duties as Grand Secretary, tendered his resignation to the Grand Master,who after carefully considering the matter was  pleased  to  select  Bro.  Colonel Shadwell H. Clerke,P.G.D, to be his successor.  On the 17th January, 1880, a special meeting of Grand Lodge was held by direction of the Grand Master in order that the new officer might be invested with the insignia of his rankwith all possible éclat. Of the admirable manner in which he carried out his duties it is unnecessary to speak at length. we know  how  well  he discharged the duties of his trust, with what exemplary fidelity he carried out or saw carried out the edicts of Grand Lodge and the wishes and instructions of the GrandMaster. We know how courteous and considerate he was in the reception of visitors, how kind andthoughtful to the members of his staff, how strict in the observance of our forms and ceremonies, andyet with what geniality he displayed when present at the banquet. These are matters which are too wellknown to be dwelt upon in detail. One of the last occasions on which he took a prominent part in theproceedings of a Craft lodge occurred quite recently, when he was installed in office as WM of the lodgewhich bears his name – the Shadwell Clerke, No.1910 – and will we trust, preserve it honourably for manya generation to come.

He was exalted to the R A Degree in the Leinster Chapter, No.387. Irish Constitution, on the 24th February,1858, being the second candidate who received the Degree after its consecration. He was subsequentlyelected a joining member of the now extinct Union Chapter, No.407, and became its MEZ.  During hisservice in the West Indies he was affiliated to the Scotia Chapter working under the ScottishConstitution, and on his return to England, and after he had taken up his residence permanently in London,he became founder, and in due course MEZ of the Friends in Council Chapter, No.1383.  In 1878 he wasappointed Grand Principal Sojourner of Supreme Grand Chapter, and in 1880 on his appointment as GrandSecretary he became at once ex-officio Grand Scribe E. He was advanced to the Mark Degree on the 15thJune, 1857, in the lodge working under the now extinct Zetland Chapter of Malta. In 1878 he was installedWM of the Studholme Lodge, No.197. In 1880 he was appointed Junior Grand Warden of the Mark GrandLodge, and in 1885 he filled the chair of A. in the Grand Master’s Lodge. In the Order of the Temple heattained to still higher rank, and at the time of his death and for many years previously he was Great Sub-Prior of the Great Priory of England and Wales and Provincial Prior of Suffolk.  During the year 1891 heinstalled Sir R. N. Howard as Provincial Prior of Dorsetshire.  In the Ancient and Accepted Rite he had, priorto his selection by the Prince of Wales for the post of Grand Secretary of United Grand Lodge, played a veryimportant part in the proceedings of this Rite, having served as MWS. in the Ivor Hael Chapter, No.34, Newport, Monmouthshire, and having had conferred on him the 33o on the 13th July, 1874.  For severalyears he held the important post of Grand Secretary-General; but, as we have already stated, heresigned this office early in 1880, and was presented with a handsome gift of plate in recognition ofthe many valuable services he had rendered to this branch of Masonry. The meeting at which thepresentation was made took place at the hall of t he Supreme Council, 33o, in Golden Square. Bro. Capt. N.G. Philips, Lieut.-Grand Commander, in the unavoidable absence of the Earl of Lathom, Sov Grand Commander,  occupied  the  chair, and in presenting the plate, one part of which was the gift of the Supreme Council, and the other that of members of the various Degrees of the Rite, begged Col Clerke’sacceptance of it as a “recognition of the valuable services rendered by you to the Order as Grand Secretary General, and as a small token of the affection and esteem in which you are held by your colleagues of the Supreme Council and the members of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry for England and Wales and the Dependences of the British Crown.”  Among the plate were a salver and an epergne, the former of which bore the inscription: “Presented to Lt-Col Shadwell H Clerke by his colleagues in theSupreme Council,33o, for England and Wales and the Dependencies of the British Crown, in recognition ofhis valuable     services     as     Grand Secretary-General.        July1880”.

1892 Manchester Times 1/01/1992: CLERKE: On Christmas Day, at his residence, Clifton Lodge, Farquhar Road, Upper Norwood, Colonel Shadwell Henry Clerke, youngest son of the late General St John Augustus Clerke RH, late of 21st Royal Scots Fusiliers, also of her Majesty’s Royal Bodyguard, and Grand Secretary of the Masonic Lodge of England, aged 55.
1892 POLSSD: Mrs Shadwell Henry Clerke
1894 POLSSD: No name mentioned
1896 POLSSD: Henry Price Hamer MA
1900 Norwood news 23/06/1900: – Finard, Farquhar Road Auction  – the attractive and substantially built double-fronted residence known as ‘Finard’, 12 Farquhar Road, standing on high ground, with large and well-laid out gardnes, approached by carriage sweep, and five minutes’ walk of High level entrance to Palace & Stations, containing nine bedrooms, dressing & bathrooms, large hall, handsome drawing room & dining room, breakfast room, capital offices & large conservatory; let on agreement at £95 per annum.
1900 POLSSD: Carl W Groos
1901 Census: Carl W Groos (60)

General merchant + wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons & 2 servants

1910 POSD: Carl W Groos & Adolph W J Groos BA Solicitor
1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: C W Groos
1911 Census: Carl Wilhelm Groos (70) – born in Holland & a naturalised British Citizen in 1890

Widower & general merchant + 2 daughters & 2 servants

Carl Wilhelm Groos (1831-1914)

1914 S&ND: Adolph W J Groos
1916 DE Minutes 27/07/1916: Application by Marten & Carnaby to convert the house into residential flats of a good class. The Manager & surveyor think the house would be fine to be converted and make the point that other houses in the road have been similarly converted. No alteration to the external appearance. Agreed.
1916 DE Minutes 27/07/1916: Lease to F W Marten, 80 years from 25/03/1916, rent £27 17s 0d per annum
1921 POSD:  Herbert James Peel, Douglas J Masters & Major Paul F Villiers DSO – flats?
1931 Electoral register: James & Florence Stracey (Basement), Herbert & Gertrude Peel (Ground floor). Douglas & Maud Masters (First floor) & Paul & Evelyn Villiers & Gertrude Sherwood (Top floor)
1939 Electoral register: William & Miriam Dowdell (Basement), Kathleen & Hannah Windrow (Ground floor). Stanley, Isabella, Frederick & Betty Wheatcroft (First floor) & James & Cicely Pell (Top floor)
1951 Electoral register: Robert & Joan Jeffersan, William & Patricia McCloy (12A), Walter, Gwendoline & Heather Gilmour & Raymond Chapman (12B) & Emily Messiter (12C)




Lease: 70¼ years from Lady-day 1867 (Minutes 1867 p119) Ground rent £15 12s 6d

1871 Census: William Robinson (67)

Silk manufacturer + sister, 2 visitors & 2 servants

  William Robinson (1805 -)

Address: No.12, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London

Trade card in the British Museum advertises ’William Robinson, Linen Draper & Silk Mercer, Manufacturer to the Royal Family’

1872 POLCSD: William Robinson
1876 POLSD: William Robinson
1881 Census: William Robinson (75)

Silk manufacturer + niece & 2 servants

1884 POSSD: Miss Robinson
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Miss Robinson
  Grace’s Guide: ROBINSON (PETER), Ltd., Silk Mercers, &c., 200 to 234, Oxford Street; Regent Street; Great Portland Street; and Argyll Street, London, W. Established in 1833. Incorporated as a Limited Company in 1896. Present Directors: R. Rabbidge (Chairman), T. P. Clarkson, W. S. Hitchins, E. W. Robinson, W. A. Sargeant. Secretary: F. Rawkins. One of the most important of the groat London drapery houses. Specialities: Silks, Mantles, Millinery, Costumes, Blouses, Gloves, Lace, Mourning, Outfitting, Household Linens, Curtains, &c. Telephone: No. 8512 Gerrard (eight lines). Telegraphic Address: ” Peter Robinson, Wesdo, London.”
1891 Census: Louisa M Fenner (58)

Widow + companion & 2 servants

1892 POLSSD: Mrs Rest Fenner

Rest Fenner 1838 Born in Newington, Surrey, grandson of Thomas Pewtress, paper maker

1867 Married Louisa Maria Green in Clerkenwell

1881 Manufacturing Stationer Employing 93 Men and Boys and 272 Females, lived in Lewisham

1884 Died in Bromley, Kent

1893 Norwood News 22/07/1893: CLIFTON LODGE, FARQUHAR ROAD, UPPER NORWOOD: Auction sale by Robert Mann & Farlow: this well-built detached residence – there are eight bedrooms, drawing rooms, bath (hot and cold) handsome drawing and dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, excellent domestic offices, ‘sanitation perfect’, full-size tennis lawn, flower and kitchen gardens etc. The property is held under an indenture of lease, dated 8/10/1867, from the Governors at Dulwich College for the residue of a term of 70 years from 26/03/1867 subject to a yearly rental of £20.10 shillings. The fixtures will be included in the purchase. Estimated rental £140 per annum.
1900 POLSSD: Mrs Rest Fenner
1901 Census: Only staff at home
1903 SNN&SD: Mrs Rest Fenner
1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Smith & Bostock
1911 Census: Louisa M Fenner (81)

Widow + servant

She died on 15/11/1912 leaving £10,468 6s 8d

1921 PO Suburban Directory: Clarence B Prideaux
1931 Electoral register: Clarence & Mary Prideaux & Thomas Hodgeson
1936 POD: Clarence B Prideaux
1939 Electoral register: No name noted
1951 Electoral register: No name noted




Lease: 69½ years from Lady-day 1867 (Minutes 1867 p126) Ground rent £20 10s 0d

1871 Census: Jane Emma Streatfield (61)

Clergyman’s widow + 2 daughters & a son

  Jane Emma Streatfield (1819-) was the wife of Rev William Streatfield (1790- 1860), Vicar of St Mary Magdalene, East Ham from 1827–60. He lived in the parish, as all his successors have done; and he died in the church while preaching. During his incumbency the church was restored, the vicarage rebuilt, and church extension was started by the foundation of the new parish of Emmanuel, Forest Gate, part of which was taken from East Ham.
1872 POLCSD: Mrs Streatfield
1876 POLSD: Mrs Streatfield
1881 Census: K Maclean wife (34) (husband absent)

Madras civil servant + daughter, 2 sons & 2 servants

1884 POSSD: Henry P Howard
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: H P Howard
1891 Census: Henry P Howard (61)

Living on own means + wife, daughter, son, visitor & 4 servants

See also 37 Farquhar Road – 10 the Terrace where he is living in 1881

1861 & 1871 he and the family are living in Hackney

1892 POLSSD: Henry P Howard

Henry Pomfret Howard (1830-99) Messrs. Howard & Jones, Printers & Lithographers, 16 Cullum Street EC

1899 Sussex Agricultural Express 3/06/1899: Deaths – Howard, on the 27th May at his residence, Hurst Lodge, Farquhar Road, Henry Pomfret Howard, aged 69 years.
1900 POLSSD: Henry P Howard
1901 Census: Charlotte Sarah Howard (73)

Widow living on own means + daughter, visitor & 2 servants

1906 Electoral register: Henry Pomfret Howard
1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: H P Howard executors
1911 Census: Charlotte Sarah Howard (83)

Widow living on own means + daughter & 2 servants

1919 S&ND: Mrs H P Howard
1921 POSD: Lt Colonel Lewis Egerton Hopkins DSO OBE

Lewis Egerton Hopkins, OBE, DSO (1873-1945)

1891 – 18 Gentleman cadet Rm Academy

1911-38 – Captain Royal Engineers

1939 – Company Director

HOPKINS, Lewis Egerton, D.S.O., O.B.E. Bom 21/1/1873.

Commissioned sd. 22/7/92. Lt.-Col. 30/9/20. ret.
Extra Regtl. List late R.E. {iTid. Pens.) 15/10/27

Lt.-Col. Lewis Egerton Hopkins is the son of Thomas Hopkins.2 He married Carrie d’Estoteville Skipwith, daughter of Sir Peyton d’Estoteville Skipwith, 10th Bt. and Alice Mary Herrick, on 2 August 1906.
Note on the Field Work of the Nushki Extension (Railway) Reconnaissance, June 1918 to January 1919″, by Major Lewis Egerton Hopkins, Engineer-in-Chief, N. E. Reconnaissance, dated 6 February 1919. Page 20 of the report, digital page 31.

This railway route is included as one of the one hundred great railway routes around the world, in the book Illustrated Book of Steam and Rail by Colin Garratt.

The Trans Baluchistan, Quetta-Zahidan Railway was constructed as part of a strategic military route between India and Persia (now Iran).

He also wrote ‘How top judge the prospects of new railways’ – Calcutta 1925

1931 Electoral register: Lewis Egerton Hopkins
1939 Electoral register: Lewis & Cyril Egerton Hopkins, Paul Cortis Hopkins & Elizabeth Cousins
1951 Electoral register:  John & Phyllis Crone, Daniel & Margaret Joslyn, George & ivy Richardson & Edward & Emily Whelan





El Ortigal is a neighbourhood in the municipality of San Cristóbal de La Laguna , on the island of Tenerife


Lease: 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1867 p126) Ground rent £20 10s 0d

1871 Census: George Rudall (28) ‘The Ortigal’

Merchant + wife, 2 sons, 2 visitors & 6 servants

1872 POLCSD: George Rudall

Liquidation of J H Ruddall & Sons – in 1874, a manuscript was published entitled ‘American municipal bonds as investments, edited by ‘J.H. Rudall & sons’. Alas, It was not a bestseller. On Friday July 30th 1875, The Times reported that ‘debtors Henry Alexander Rudall and George Rudall, merchants, of King William Street’, operating as ‘J.H. Rudall & Sons’ had filed for a petition of liquidation, with liabilities estimated at £60,000 and estimated at about the same amount, subject to realization’. There are references to a George Rudall of 9 King’s Arm Yard and the ‘London and Paris Dress & Millinery Association’ in The Times for June 24th 1881. George seems to have moved to Tenerife at some time after this. Certainly, when his son Charles Rudall passed away on 6th October 1936, his death notice in The Times requested that the Tenerife papers ‘please copy’.

1876 POLSD: Lt Colonel Hunter
1881 Census: Charles Hunter (78) ‘Gwerneryn’
Lt Col on Bombay list + wife, daughter & 3 servants1871 Census: the family are in Montgomeryshire in Wales
1884 POSSD:  Lt Colonel Hunter
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Charles Hunter
1887 Lease plan note 25/10/1887: On lease to George Rudall, Col. Charles Hunter in occupation
1891 Census: Lt Col Charles Hunter (88)

Retired army officer + 2 daughters & 2 servants

1892 POLSSD: Lt Colonel Charles Hunter JP
1894 POLSSD: Lt Colonel Charles Hunter JP
1894 National probate register: HUNTER, Charles of 18 Farquhar Road, Lieutenant Colonel in Her Majesty’s Army died 12/12 1893. Probate to Charles Hunter, Colonel in Her Majesty’s Army. He left £608 1s 3d.

Son’s death:

Isle of Wight County Press Saturday 26/02/1916: DEATH OF COL. C. HUNTER The death occurred suddenly at Gwerneryn, Hove, on Monday, of Chas. HUNTER, Colonel retired, Royal (late Bengal), Artillery, eldest son of Lieut.- Colonel Chas. HUNTER, Bombay Army, J.P., of Montgomeryshire. The deceased, who was in his 83rd year, formerly resided at the Laurels, Ashey-road. He left the town soon after his wife died about 20 years ago. The funeral took place at the Ryde Cemetery yesterday (Friday) afternoon, the Rev. R. B. DURRANT officiating. Mr. C. H. HUNTER, deceased’s son was among the mourners

1896 POLSSD: Edward Herbert Nelson
1900 POLSSD: George Mckay Morant
1901 Census: George M Morant (33)

Insurance + wife, 2 daugters, 2 sons & 4 servants

1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: E H Nelson
1907 Electoral register: George M Morant
1910 Electoral register: Alfred Gibbs
1911 Census: Alfred Gibbs (54)

Retired meat salesman + wife, son & 3 servants

1914 Electoral register: Julius Wilhelm Paul Wiedeman
1919 S&ND: Julius Wilhelm Paul Wiedeman
1921 S&ND: John Merlin Broom (18) Mrs Nawton (18A)
1931 Electoral register: John Merlin, Nellie & Newman Merlin Broom (18), Sarah Nawton, Annie Griffith & Violet Court (18A) & Edgar & Helen Cordingly & Sarah Parrish(18B)
1939 Electoral register: John Merlin, Nellie & Newman Merlin Broom (18), George & Edith Gilbert (18A) & Edgar & Frances Cordingly (18B)
1951 Electoral register: Valentine & Olive Brew (18A) & David & Betty Lipson (18B)
1951 DE Minutes 7/07/1951: Note about a licence granted to Mr M J Broom to convert the house into two self-contained flats. Change of tenant, rent £156 per annum.




Lease: 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1869 p148/246) Ground rent £20 10s 0d

1871 Census: Henry A Rudall (35)

Spanish merchant+ wife & 3 servants

1872 POLCSD: Henry Alexander Rudall
1876 POLSD: Henry Alexander Rudall
  Henry Alexander Rudall (1837-1896) was born in London, England, and joined his father as a merchant with the firm J. H. Rudall & Sons. The family was musical and he became successful as a journalist and music critic in London. He published a significant biography on Beethoven. A friend of composer Francesco Berger, he composed a number of songs and part songs, and collaborated with Gilbert Beckett on a libretto for an opera based on Ouida’s “Signa.” He died in Fulham, London.


Henry Alexander Rudall was born in 1839 and became a celebrated Musical Critic and Journalist in Victorian times. He also succeeded to the family business and it was under his watch that the firm was liquidated. He is referred to on page 53 of a book called ‘Modern Spiritualism: A Short Account of Its Rise and Progress‘ by John Nevil Maskelyne (1876, Scribner, Welford, & Armstrong). I have not seen the book but the page suggests ‘Mr. Alexander Henry Rudall, a merchant, of 8 and 9 Great Tower Street, City‘ was an ‘intimate friend’ of a ‘disinterested medium‘ about whom we know no more. He was also musical and published a book called ‘The Great Musicians: Beethoven’ in 1890. (9) The book was edited by Dr. Francis Hueffer whose funeral HA Rudall attended on January 25th 1889. (10) In 1893, Henry Rudall and Gilbert a Beckett combined forces on the English libretto of ‘Signa‘, an opera based on Ouida’s Signa which The Times described as ‘unusually good’. (11) On account of Mr. Beckett’s death midway through the project, most of the third and fourth acts were completed by HA Rudall alone. It was first performed in a reduced three-act version at the Teatro Dal Verme, Milan on 12 November 1893. It was later given in a two-act version at Covent Garden, London on 30 June 1894.


By his wife Jane (born 1850, Dagnall, Bucks), Henry had two sons, John (b. 1871) and Alfred (b.1877), and a daughter, Ella, or Eleanor (b.1879). In the 1881 Census, the family were recorded as living at 25 Upper Phillimore Place, London. Other occupants of the house at that time included Henry’s 39-year-old sister Frances Le Brun (described as ‘holder of property abroad’), her 9-year-old daughter O.M. Le Brun, and two servants, Annie Roden (20-year-old Governess) and Mary Farmer (21- year-old general servant from Sutton, Wiltshire). Henry Alexander Rudall died aged 58 on the 21st April 1896. The cause of death was Carcinoma of Omentum (1 year) and Haematemesis (11 days). His youngest son Alfred was present at the death, which happened at 8 Hazlitt Road, Hammersmith. (1) In 1909, an Eleanor Rudall wrote an operatic prologue, The Book of Aesjuen, for solos, chorus and orchestra, which received a rather scathing review in The Times of Friday, Jul 02, 1909. She was almost certainly H.A. Rudall’s daughter, Ella.

1880 POLSD: Barnard Farey
1881 Census: Barnard W Farey (43)

Mechanical civil engineer + wife, cousin, visitor & 3 servants

  Barnard William Farey (1827-88). His scientific abilities were partly inherited, his uncle, the late Mr. John Farey, M.Inst.C.E., being the author of a well-known work on the Steam-Engine; while another uncle, Mr. Colomb Gengembre, was an eminent engineer at Nantes, in France. To the latter young Farey, when only nine years old, was sent on the death of his father, and there he remained seven years. It was under the tuition of this uncle that the young man commenced his engineering education, serving a regular pupillage and being employed for some months at the Marine Engine and Ship-building Works of the French Government at Indret, which were under the superintendence of Mr. Gengembre.


At the age of sixteen, however, Farey resigned his post, and returned to England to complete his technical education. He was first employed by Mr. William Bridges Adams, at the Fairfield Works at Bow.

After remaining there for two years and a-half, he obtained the post of assistant at the engineering establishment of Messrs. Swayne and Bovill, where he worked under Mr. (now Sir Frederick) Bramwell.

In 1847 he went to Messrs. Bryan Donkin and Co.’s Engineering Works, at Bermondsey, and a few years later became a partner in the firm. He had now an opportunity to display his scientific gifts and attainments. The first gas-valve with internal rack and pinion was made by Messrs. Donkin and Co. in 1847, for the Gas-Light and Coke Company, and was designed by Mr. Farey. So great has been the demand for these valves, that from that date to 1887 more than fifty thousand have been constructed by the firm. Two years later, in 1849, he invented a double-cylinder rag-boiler for papermakers.


Mr. Farey was an indefatigable scientific worker. A few years after he became a partner in the above firm, he began a series of experiments at Bermondsey with Mr. Bryan Donkin, jun., extending over a period of ten years. These experiments were made on steam-engines with compound and single-cylinders, and with and without steam-jackets, and were designed to ascertain their respective economical values. Various improvements were introduced, and accounts of the experiments were sent to “Engineering,” and were published from time to time in that journal. Later, in 1875-76, he, in conjunction with the other members of the firm, made upwards of one hundred trials with a small experimental compound steam-engine, now in Professor Kennedy’s Engineering Laboratory at University College, London. Such constant activity bore fruit in various patents.


In 1852 Messrs. Bryan Donkin and Farey patented an improvement in paper-machines for measuring and marking off continuous webs of paper. As a cross-cutting machine for paper, this has since been found of great service.


In 1866 Mr. Farey took out a patent for a still more important invention, viz., a tandem horizontal compound-engine, with steam-jackets, the main advantage of which consists in the prevention of wear in the cylinders. This was effected by allowing the weight of the pistons to be taken on outside guides, by means of rods at each side. Many engines of this type are now at work. In 1869 he patented an apparatus for superheating the steam in a compound-engine during its passage from one cylinder to the other; and in 1873 he took out a patent for improving the slide-valve gear of steam-engines, by abolishing the stuffing-boxes between the high- and low-pressure valve-chests.

The following extract from a letter written by Mr. Bryan Donkin, late senior partner of the firm, after the death of Mr. Farey, shows the high opinion entertained of his ability and character by his colleagues:- “My long connection and personal intimacy with Mr. Farey led to frequent interesting conversations on a great variety of subjects, and consequently enabled me thoroughly to appreciate not only his eminent talents and great mechanical resources, but also the high sense of truth and uprightness which so much distinguished him. My esteem for him was very great in every way.”

Mr. Farey married in August, 1869, Elizabeth Westley, of Cheltenham, but had no children. Failing health led him to resign his partnership in 1881, after having been connected for thirty-four years with the firm of Bryan Donkin and Co.

Since his retirement he lived quietly at Upper Norwood, where his death took place on the 9th of May, 1888. Mr. Farey was elected a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers on the 7th of March, 1865.

1884 POSSD: B W Farey
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: B W Farey
1887 Lease plan note 25/10/1887: On lease to B W Farey
1891 Census: Eliza Farey (52)

Widow + niece & 2 servants

1900 POLSSD: Mrs Farey
1901 Census: Eliza Farey (62)

Widow + visitor, niece & 3 servants

1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Mrs E Farey
1910 POSD: Sharman D’Esterre & Maitland physicians & surgeons

William Henry David Patrick d’Esterre physician & surgeon

1911 Census: William Henry David Patrick d’Esterre (41)

Physician & surgeon + wife, daughter & 4 servants

1914 S&ND: Sharman, D’Esterre & Maitland, physicians & surgeons

Daniel d’Esterre MD BS MRCS LRCP, physicians & surgeon

1921 POSD: D’Esterre & Mann, physicians & surgeons
1931 Electoral register: William, Dorothy & Frances D’Esterre, Elizabeth Collier & Nellie Wood
1939 Electoral register: John & Ellen Murray
1951 Electoral register: 20-24 has 23 single men & women living there




Lease: 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1870 p15/299) Ground rent £20 10s 0d

1871 Census: William A Dunn (68)

Gentleman + wife, 2 daughters, son, son-in-law & 2 servants

  The corner of Grainger Street and Market Street in Newcastle upon Tyne, where, in 1838, Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge and William Alder Dunn opened the world’s first department store, Bainbridges.

The store dates back to 1838, when Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge went into partnership with William Alder Dunn and opened a drapers and fashion shop in Newcastle’s Market Street. Despite success the two partners fell out and went their separate ways. Their partnership was dissolved in 1841.


In 1849 there were 23 separate departments, with weekly takings recorded by department, the basis for its claim to be the world’s first true department store. This ledger survives and is now kept in the archives of the John Lewis Partnership. Emerson became the sole proprietor in 1855. By the 1870s there were more than forty retail departments.[6]


Emerson Bainbridge died in 1892 and his sons took over the business. In that same year, Bainbridge’s employed a staff of 600 in Newcastle, and the store had 11,705 square yards of floor space.[4] In 1897 the business became a private limited company. During the Depression, which hit the Newcastle area badly, the store introduced agents who operated in less prosperous areas, collecting payments in weekly instalments. This meant that people on low incomes could continue to buy from the shop and it kept the Bainbridge name and reputation known in areas where otherwise it might have faded away.

In 1952 an offer from the John Lewis Partnership was accepted and ownership transferred to John Lewis in the following year, although the store continued to operate under the Bainbridge brand alongside the words “A branch of the John Lewis Partnership”. The John Lewis takeover allowed much needed capital investment into the store, making it into one of the leading department stores in the UK by 1974.[4] In 1976 the store was relocated to the Eldon Square shopping centre in the city, and was at the time the largest John Lewis store outside London.[4]


The Newcastle Journal had begun publication in May 1832 initially as a weekly paper, but from 1861, a daily. They had offices at 69 Pilgrim Street. In 1867 the Journal found itself in financial difficulties, with the owners ending up in the Bankruptcy Court. By March 1867 the newspaper had been taken over by William Forster, of Alnwick and William Alder Dunn. They had an office on Grey Street. In August 1867 the Northern Counties Conservative Newspaper Co Ltd was formed, and it took over the newspaper under the chairmanship of Nathaniel George Clayton. It is believed that Clayton had a house and land in this area, and that the new newspaper offices were built on his garden.

1872 POLCSD: William Dunn
1876 POLSD: William Dunn
1877 William Alder Dunn died on 1/07/1877 leaving under £100
1880 POLSD: Mrs Dunn
1881 Census: Hannah Dunn (75)

Widow + 2 daughters, granddaughter & 2 servants

She died 27/02/1882

1884 POSSD: Mors Dunn
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Mrs W A Dunn
1887 Lease plan note 25/10/1887: On lease to William Alder Dunn
1891 Census: Sarah A Dunn (60)

Living on own means + sister, brother & servant

1891 Electoral register: Sarah Dunn
1892 POLSSD: William Evil
1894 POLSSD: Miss Dunn
1899 Yorkshire Gazette 29/07/1899: Yeldham – on the 23rd Inst, at Woodlands, Farquhar Road, Elizabeth Augusta, wife of Major Walter Yeldham, late of 18th and 10th Hussars.
  Major Walter Yeldham (1916), late of 10th & 18th Hussars who, as adjutant to Lord Roberts, took part in the march from Kabul to Kandahar in 1880, died on the 16th Inst at his residence in Chelsea. He joined the army in 1861, and was promoted captain in 1868, retiring some ten years later. He for some years was a contributor to the Broad Arrow but he will perhaps be best remembered as the author of ‘The Lays of Ind’ in which he portrayed various phases of Indian life and of which 12.000 copies have been sold. Major Yeldham was also the author of ‘Aliph Cheem’, another well-known book on Indian life. Major Yeldham was one of the officers in charge of the escort to Queen Alexandra when her Majesty, then Princess Alexandra of Denmark, entered London for her marriage to the late King Edward. He leaves a son who is now on active service.

In 1889 he was the chief organising agent for the Liberal Unionist Association in Birmingham

In 1891 he became the editor of the Admiralty & Horse guards Gazette.

1900 POLSSD: Miss Dunn
1901 Census: Sarah H Dunn (68)

Widow living on own means + 2 sisters, a brother & 2 servants

She died on 11/03/1906 leaving £47 8s 8d – executor was Captain Anthony Dunn (retired)

1903 SNN&SD: Captain Anthony Dunn
1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Mrs W A Dunn
1911 Census: William Dunn (76)
Widower with no occupation  + wife & 2 servants
1914 Electoral register: Captain Anthony Cuthbert Woodland Dunn
1915 Norwood News 10/09/1915: Messrs Mansell & Rowe auction; the double fronted detached residence, Woodlands, 22 Farquhar Road, having seven bedrooms and three reception rooms. Large Garden. Possession. 21½ year unexpired at £21 10s pa.
1919 S&ND: John Webber Richardson
1921 POSD: John Webber Richardson
1921 Surrey Mirror 26/08/1921: John Webber Richardson of Upper Norwood was fined 5s for not having a motoring licence. Defendant wrote he was unable to get his licence renewal at the proper time as the small licensing office was crowded with people.
1931 Electoral register: John, Annie & Emma Richardson & Charlton & Frances Procter
1939 POLD: No name noted
1939 Electoral register: No name noted
1951 Electoral register: 20-24 has 23 single men & women living there




Lease: 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1870 p63/374) Ground rent £20 10s 0d

1871 Census: Clara A Day (54)

Widow + companion & 2 servants

1872 POLCSD: Mrs Day
1876 POLCSD: Mrs Day
1881 Census: Clara A Day (70)

Widow living on dividends + boarder & 3 servants plus a coachman & family in the stables

1884 POSS Directory: Mrs Day
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: B Elam
1891 Census: William C Fowler (74)

Living on own means + daughter, granddaughter & 2 servants

1892 POLSSD: James M Bush
1894 POLSSD: Richard F Webb
1900 POLSSD: Richard F Webb


Census: Richard J Webb (43)

Solicitor + wife, 4 daughters, son & 4 servants

1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: R P Webb
1908 Electoral register: George M Morant
1911 Census: George Mckay Morant (43)

Insurance director, agent & broker + wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons, visitor & 5 servants

1916 S&ND: George McKay Morant
1917 National probate register: Morant, George McKay of 24 Farquhar Road, Upper Norwood, died 6/05/1917. He left £8781 10s 9d
1917 G McKay Morant & Company: It is announced that, owing to the recent death of Mr G McKay Morant, his eldest son, Lieutenant George Christopher McKay Morant, and Mr S L Henson, have now joined the firm, the style of which will continue as before, as G mcKay Morant & Co. Lieutenant G C McKay Morant was, prior to obtaining his commission in 1914, connected with the business, and will resume an active part therein, as soon as military circumstances permit., whilst Mr Henson has been with the firm since 1898, hazing after as manager for many years past.
1919 S&ND: Mrs Morant
1920 Norwood News 15/10/1920: MARTEN AND CARNABY auction at Winchester House, Old Broad Street:

‘THE GLADE’ 24 Farquhar Road, Vacant Possession: A delightful detached residence having seven bed, bath, handsome suite of reception rooms, billiard room, garage, electric light, charming grounds of about half acre: 80 years lease, moderate ground rent. By order of the executors.

1921 PO Suburban Directory: Horace Evelyn Sier
  Horace Evelyn Sier (1879

Senior partner of Viney, Price & Goodyear

In 1911 they are living at 73 Turney Road

His daughter Claudine Marie Berthe’ married cricket commentator Henry Longhurst

1931 Electoral register: Horace Evelyn, Madeline & Claudine Sier & Eliza Allen (24) & Leonard & Lilian Luce (24A)
1939 Electoral register: Horace Evelyn & Madeline Sier (24) & Leonard & Lilian Luce (24A)
1951 Electoral register: 20-24 has 23 single men & women living there



(this house is at the back of the rest of the others and is accessed via a long drive


Lease: 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1867 p168) Ground rent £30 15s 0d

1871 DE Minutes 14/11/1871: Lease be granted to Robert Low Eglinton of Oxford, by direction of the Crystal Palace Company, of a plot of ground, with the detached dwelling house and buildings thereon, on the east side of Farquhar Road abutting north on land leased to W O Melhuish, east on the railway line, and west on a private road and on premises leased to Miss L L Farnell and William Alder Dunn respectively.
1872 PO LCS Directory: Robert Low Eglinton
1876 PO LCS Directory: Robert Low Eglinton
1881 Census: Robert L Eglinton (54)

Retired merchant + wife, visitor & 3 servants

1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: R L Eglinton
1891 Census: Only staff at home
1894 PO LSS Directory: Robert Low Eglinton
1900 PO LSS Directory: Mrs Eglinton
1901 Census: Eleanor Eglinton (60)

Widow living on own means

1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Mrs A E Eglinton
1911 Census: Eleanor Anne Eglinton (70)

Widow living on own means + 3 servants

1916 S&N Directory: Mrs Eglinton
1919 DE Minutes 11/12/1919: Extension of lease, 26 Farquhar Road – Mr T E Bond, who holds these premises at a ground rent of £30 15s upon lease expiring in 1937, asks for an extension to 80 years from Lady-day next. Upon the usual scale the new ground rent will be £41 13s 6d, Agreed.
1921 Electoral register: Thomas & Jeanette Bond
1931 Electoral register: Thomas & Jeanette Bond
1939 Electoral register: Thomas & Jeanette Bond (lower flat) & Albert & Rita Pozner (Upper flat)
1951 Electoral register: William & Nora Carmody, Daniel, Elisabeth & Patrick Sullivan, Leonard & Margaret Thornton & Albert & Kathleen Tolloday




Lease: 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1870 p99/458) Ground rent £30 15s 0d

1871 Census: Henry Bowker (60) – Oaklands

Late a master at Christ’s Hospital + wife, 2 daughters, 2 sons & 3 servants

  Henry Francis Bowker (1810-89) taught for 42 years at Christ’s Hospital, retiring 17 December 1868. We have a silver salver which was presented to him on his retirement inscribed: “Presented to Henry Francis Bowkwer Esq. by some of his former pupils who preserve a grateful memory of his successful labour at Christ’s Hospital during 42 years, 17th December 1868.”
In his will dated 25 March 1875 (14 years before his death) he gives various bequests, directing his wife to ‘preserve the various articles which have been presented to me and to distribute them at her decease’ to his children. This is presumably how we came by the silver tray mentioned above. He also gives £12,000 to his wife but at his death, his estate was valued for probate at £485 16s 3d [In 2005: £35,775.45 using the retail price index.]so presumably he had distributed most of his estate beforehand. He also left legacies to his children.
1872 PO LCS Directory: Henry Francis Bowker
1876 PO LS Directory: Abraham Scott
1880 PO IS Directory: John Muirhead
  Grace’s Guide: John Muirhead (1807-85) was at one time a farmer and tenant of the historical Barley Mill at East Saltoun, later a leading participant in the roll-out of telegraph cables internationally.

He had mechanical aptitudes and gave up farming  c.1846 With his brother Henry Muirhead and Josiah Latimer Clark became an assistant to Edwin Clark on the Britannia Bridge and the Conway Tubular Bridge1851 Census: John Muirhead (43), lived at Salton Mill, with wife, Margaret  & sons

Moved his family to London, where he became a telegraph engineer, following Edwin Clark to the Electric Telegraph Company. By 1857 was working for the Electric Telegraph Co as superintendent. Electric telegraph superintendent, living in the district of Regents Park, London, John Muirhead 53, Margaret Muirhead 46, John Muirhead 15, Alexander Muirhead 12, Agnes L Muirhead 9, Henry J Muirhead 6, Francis L Muirhead 4, Ann Muirhead 16

1870 After the transfer of the Cable Co to the Post Office, Muirhead left the company

Later became a member of Latimer Clark, Muirhead and Co.

Introduced the Muirhead accumulator

1879 Retired from Latimer Clark, Muirhead and Co

1881 John Muirhead 73 , telegraph engineer, of Norwood, Margaret Muirhead 56, Alexdr. Muirhead 32, telegraph engineer and doctor of science, London University, Henry Muirhead 36, Francis L. Muirhead 24

1885 Died in Upper Norwood

1881 Census: John Muirhead (73)

Telegraph engineer + wife, 3 sons & 3 servants

1884 PO ISS Directory: John Muirhead
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: John Muirhead
1891 Census: Alexander Muirhead (42)

Telephone engineer + brother & 3 servants

  Alexander Muirhead, FRS, (1848 –1920): born in East Saltoun, East Lothian, Scotland was an electrical engineer specialising in wireless telegraphy. He studied for his Bachelor of Science at University College London and then DSc (in electricity) at St Bartholomew’s Hospital 1869–1872 where he is credited with recording the first human electrocardiogram. He was scientific adviser to his father’s company, Latimer Clark, Muirhead & Co., designing precision instruments, and with H A Taylor patented a method of duplexing telegraph signals for use in submarine cables. He later worked with Sir Oliver Lodge on the development of wireless telegraphy, selling their important tuning patents to Marconi in 1912. He became a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1877, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1904. He died at Shortlands, Kent, on 13 December 1920 and is buried at West Norwood Cemetery.
  Grace’s Guide Obituary: Alexander Muirhead, DSc, F.R.S., was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1871 and a Member in 1879. Alexander Muirhead was the second son of John Muirhead, at one time farmer and tenant of the historical Barley Mill at East Saltoun, and of his wife, Margaret Lauder. Born in 1848, he was rendered partially but permanently deaf by a fall from his nurse’s arms.


His early education was locally acquired, and, although of keen reasoning faculties, he does not appear to have taken kindly at first to the arithmetical and other studies in which he afterwards excelled. His father, who had mechanical aptitudes, gave up farming at the age of forty and removed with his family to London, where he became known as a telegraph engineer, being a member of the well-known firm of Messrs. Latimer Clark, Muirhead, and Co. Young Alexander was sent to University School, London, and the boy, till now considered a dunce, steadily carried off more and more prizes, these culminating in the ‘ Cook Prize’ for mathematics. Chemistry and Greek were also favourite branches of study. At his father’s works, he came into contact with such visitors as Clerk Maxwell and Sir William Thomson, afterwards Lord Kelvin.

University College, London, came next in his educational experience, and to the strong influence of Professor De Morgan, and his horror of inexactitude, it may be attributed that throughout his life he refrained from publishing his work – to the occasional annoyance, it may be said, of his friends. After being a private pupil in Dr Matthiessen’s laboratory at St. Bartholemew’s Hospital, he took his degree of D.Sc. in the London University, became, in 1870, Fellow of the Chemical Society, in 1874 an original member of the Physical Society of London, and soon after Membre de la Societe Francaise de Physique.


In 1875, he succeeded in the task of duplicating cables. For a few years he became a consulting expert, with rooms in ‘Elm Court,’ but returned to research work; and many friends, including Kelvin, Rayleigh, Hopkinson, Lodge, and Silvanus Thompson, often met and discussed problems in his laboratory.

At the urgent request of the cable companies, he took up the manufacture of instruments for cables, and many inventions of his came in succession to improve their working. In 1896, so important was the evidence he gave before the committee appointed to consider the practicability of laying a cable across the Pacific, that he was informed that he had saved the scheme from being dropped.

In 1894, on hearing Oliver Lodge lecture on Hertzian waves, at the Royal Institution, he went to him with suggestions, and the two collaborated, until Dr Muirhead’s practical mind was satisfied they had a reliable system of signalling across space without directing wires. The lecture, it should be noted, was given before Signor Marconi began his remarkable work.


In 1904, he was made F.R.S. But the lameness which had hampered him since an attack of influenza in 1891 now began to affect his health, and he was prevented, to his deep regret, from serving on the Board of the National Physical Laboratory. Then came the strain of war, and, though with the coming of peace his still alert mind returned to problems and new ideas, his bodily strength gradually failed, and he passed gently to rest at his residence, The Lodge, Shortlands, Kent, on 13th December, 1920, and was laid in the family grave at West Norwood.


Dr Muirhead was a man of warm affections, and of kindly and lovable disposition. He travelled widely, but retained to the end his strong attachment to the country and the district in which he was born. He married Miss Blomfield, of London, by whom he is survived, but has left no children.

1891 Electoral register: Margaret Muirhead
1892 PO LSS Directory: John Muirhead & Dr Alexander Muirhead
1894 PO LSS Directory: Donald C Haldeman
1900 PO LSS Directory: Donald C Haldeman
1901 Census: Donald Haldeman (41)

Manager of an insurance company + wife, son & 6 servants

The North British & Mercantile Insurance Company

1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: D C Haldeman
  Corporal Donald Masterman Haldeman (1889-1918). Living at Ravenstone, 61 Farquahar Road, when he was at the College? He was born in Pennsylvania, Donald was the son of Benjamin and Julia Haldeman, and was from a family with strong Dulwich connections – two of his uncles had attended the College, and his cousin would also later go on to do so. Donald’s time as a pupil started in early 1903, and was to last until he left at the end of 1906; during his final year he was a member of both the rugby 1st XV and the cricket 2nd XI. After leaving he returned to America, where he was employed by the United States Steel Corporation, at first in New York and later in Toronto. When the U.S. entered the war in 1917 Donald applied to join the Officers Reserve Corps but was at first refused on medical grounds. He then returned to his birthplace of Pennsylvania and applied once more, this time successfully. By June 1918 he was a Corporal in the Coast Artillery, with whom he went across to France that summer. In September, however. he was taken seriously ill whilst at the front and sent to hospital. The illness was severe enough that the intention was to invalid him back to America, but he had only made it as far as Brest, in Brittany, when, on November 3rd 1918, he passed away, aged 29.
1908 Electoral register: Donald Carmichael Haldeman
1911 Census: Francis Lander Muirhead (54)

Barrister at law & electrical engineer + wife, 4 daughters, 2 sons & 4 servants

1914 S&N Directory: James Stone Blomfield
1918 Electoral register: James Stone Blomfield
1921 PO Suburban Directory: James Stone Blomfield
1931 Electoral register: James Stone & Emily Blomfield, George & Alice Dudley & Molly Clack
1939 Electoral register: James Stone, Emily & Mary Blomfield, Christopher & Gertrude Harper & Alice Donald
1951 Electoral register: William & Peggy Adam, Henry & Freda Dickson, Frederick & Mary Peascod & Edward & Ivy Quantrill




Lease: 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1871 p17) Ground rent £23 1s 4d

1871 Census: George W Paine (39)

Tea merchant + wife, 4 sons & 4 servants

1872 POLCSD: George William Paine
1876 POLSD: George William Paine
  George William Paine (1832-1917) was born in 1832 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. He married Mary Maria Slee on 4 August 1863 in Lewisham, Kent. They had ten children in 21 years. He died on 16 April 1917 aged 85, and was buried in Shirley, Surrey.

Mary Maria Slee (1844- 1931) was the daughter of Cuthbert Britton Slee, vinegar maker & art collector

NOTE: Cuthbert Britton Slee living in Champion Hill

  Slee & Co, vinegar makers, Payne & Slee, vinegar makers

The fifth largest vinegar manufacturer in UK in the C19 http://letslookagain.com/tag/slee-vinegar-history/

1881 Census:  Mary M Paine (37) ‘Cotswold’

Wife + 3 daughters, 2 sons, a visitor & 6 servants

1884 POSSD: George W Paine
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: G W Paine
1891 Census: George W Paine (59)

Retired merchant + wife, 3 daughters, 3 sons & 3 servants

1894 POLSSD: George W Paine
1901 Census: George William Paine (69)

Retired tea merchant + wife, 2 daughters, 3 sons, 2 grandchildren & 3 servants

1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: G W Paine
1911 Census: George William Paine (79)

Retired merchant + wife, daughter, son & 3 servants & a gardener with a wife & 3 sons

1914 S&ND: George William Paine
1921 POSD: Mrs Paine
1931 Electoral register: Mary Maria Paine, Charles, Esther, Ernest & Ronald Goddard, Constance Guest, Eliza Marriot, Florence Hodges & Margaret Crilly

Mary Maria Paine died in October 1931

1936 POLD: William James Moss
1939 DE Minutes 25/05/1939: Note saying in December last permission was granted for a period of 6 months for the Rev Roy McKay to use the premises as a hostel for ‘non-Aryan’ Christian refugees from Germany. Mr McKay ask for an extension and gets it for another 6 months.
  In Germany, in 1933 the Nazi’s came to power and anti-Semitism and restrictions on Jews became national policy. This culminated on attacks on Jewish shops and property on 9/10th November 1938 in what was known as Kristallnacht – the night of broken glass. From the smashed windows of Jewish shops. This outrage accelerated the number of Jews leaving Germany and financial limits were imposed on the amount of money they might take out of the country. Early in 1939 a joint meeting of the congregations of the Chapel and St Barnabas was called at the instigation of the Rev Roy McKay College chaplain. The meeting voted to open a refugee hostel for Jewish refugees from Germany following the Kristallnacht outrages and the recent relaxation of entry of refugees into UK by the British government. The idea was that the refugees would be offered temporary accommodation until they found new homes. McKay, through the Quakers and the Jewish Refugee committee in London also connected with the Kindertransport scheme which transported unaccompanied children sent by German Jewish parents by train and boat to UK. The Dulwich Estate Governors provided a house in Farquhar Road for use as a hostel for the newly arrived and a Jewish couple acted as housekeepers. The chapel and St Barnabas raised £540 in two months’ worth £35,000 today to furnish the house and put the scheme into operation. The scheme lasted longer than originally anticipated.
  Rev Roy McKay (1900-93) was born at Sevenoaks, Kent.  He was ordained deacon 1926, priest 1927.  After several parish posts he was appointed Chaplain, Alleyn’s College of God’s Gift, Dulwich in 1937.  In 1943 his pacifist views alienated some of the College governors and he was asked to resign.  There was an overwhelming expression of public support for Roy McKay and the governors were obliged to ask him to remain.  Not surprisingly, he declined.  He became   vicar of Goring-by-Sea, Sussex 1943-48; Chaplain, Canford School, Dorset 1948-55; Head of Religious Broadcasting, BBC 1955-63; Honorary Canon, Chichester Cathedral 1957-93; Rector, St James, Garlickhythe 1965-70.  Roy McKay died at Stamford, Lincolnshire 5 November 1993 aged 93.
1939 Electoral register: No name noted
1951 Electoral register: No name noted



  Developer: Crystal Palace Company

Builder: John Waterson

Lease: Major General Stuart – 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1870 p140/558) Ground rent £23 1s 4d

1870 DE Minutes 13/12/1870: Lease be granted to Major General John Ramsey Stuart, by direction of the Crystal Palace Company, of a plot of ground, with the detached dwelling house and buildings thereon – John Waterson land at the rear.
1871 Census: John R Stuart (59)

Major General in Her Majesty’s Service + wife, 3 sons & 3 servants

  General John Ramsay Stuart CBE (1811 –1889)  was a British Army officer who became Commander-in-Chief, Scotland. Stuart was commissioned into the Royal Scots Fusiliers and served with his regiment at the Battle of Alma in September 1854 and at the Battle of Balaclava in October 1854 before taking command of his regiment and leading it at the Battle of Inkerman in November 1854 and at the Siege of Sebastopol in Winter 1854 during the Crimean War. He went on to command the troops in the North British District from in 1875 before retiring in 1878.

Stuart was also appointed Regimental Colonel of the 54th Regiment of Foot in 1880, continuing as Colonel of the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment from 1881 to his death.

1872 POLCSD: Major General John Ramsey Stuart CB
1874 Surrey ER: Major General John Ramsey Stuart CB
1876 POLCSD: Captain McPherson
1881 Census: Major General John R Stuart (69)

General Colonel 54th regiment of foot + wife, son & 2 servants

1884 POSSD: Major General John R Stuart
1886 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Major General John R Stuart
1891 Census: Lilias O Stuart (66)

Widow living on own means + daughter, granddaughter & 3 servants

1894 POLSSD: Mrs Stuart
1896 POLSSD: Mrs Stuart & Captain Andrew M Stuart RE
1901 Census: Lilias O Stuart (76)

Widow living on own means + granddaughter & 3 servants

1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: Major General Stuart executors
1911 Census: Margaret M Stuart (53)

Widow + a visitor & 3 servants

1921 POSD: Mrs Stuart
1931 Electoral register: Margaret Stuart, Leonora Cullen & Clara Welling
1939 Electoral register: Margaret Stuart, Leonora & Murielle Cullen & Clara Welling
1951 Electoral register: No name noted





  Developer:  The Crystal Palace Company

Builder: John Patterson Waterson

Lease: 84 years from Lady-day 1853 (Minutes 1872 p37) Ground rent £30 15s 0d

1871 Census: No mention, nothing on Ordnance Survey Map & nothing on this end of Farquhar Road
  First Lessee: John Paterson Waterson 13/03/1869

Assignee: William Morris

  First Lessee: R P Nichols 14/05/1872
1872 POLSD: No mention
1876 POLSD: Rev Robert James Simpson MA
1881 Census: Edward Hopkins (40)

Stock Exchange London + wife, son & 5 servants

1884 POSSD: Edward Hopkins
1886 DE Rent roll – tenant: R P Nichols
1891 Census: James Biggs (65) ‘Egmont’

Retired physician

1891 Electoral register: James Strange Briggs
1901 Census: Russell W Dickson (55)


1906 DE Rent Roll – tenant: R P Nichols executors
1911 Census: Harry Arnold (45) – caretaker

House painter & decorator

1921 POD: Miss Cowley
1931 POD: Inland Revenue Office (Metropolitan) of HM Inspector of taxes
1939 POLD: Inland Revenue Office (Metropolitan) of HM Inspector of taxes
1951 Electoral register:



    Steiner, Leslie Howard (1893 to 1943)

    Lived at 45 Farquhar Road Leslie Howard Steinger was an English actor and film maker.  He also wrote many stories and articles for ‘The New York Times’, ‘The New Yorker’ and ‘Vanity Fair’ and was one of the biggest box-office draws and movie idols of t …

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