Owners and occupants of 109, 113, 115 & 117 Church Road, Combe Down

113-117 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath

113-117 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath

Advert for auction on Combe Down, Bath Chronicle, Thursday 7 April 1836

Advert for auction on Combe Down, Bath Chronicle, Thursday 7 April 1836

The deeds of Hopecote Lodge refer to a 500 year lease from 1805[1] granted to Chas. Perks and Benjamin Wingrove for £4 4s annually.

An advertisement in the Bath Chronicle from Thursday 7th April 1836 offers for sale Claremont House, No. 1 & 2 Paradise Place (now 113 Church Road) and No. 1 & 2 (now 115 and 117 Church Road) Prospect Place. All 3 lots are:

“offered for a Term, of which about 469 years are unexpired, at the yearly Ground Rent of £9, which will be apportioned at the time of sale.”

Clearly a 500 year lease with 469 years unexpired in 1836 indicates the lease was granted in 1805.

Thus we can be reasonably sure that 109, 113, 115, 117 and 127, the houses now comprising Hopecote Lodge, were built sometime around 1805 –  1806, just after Isabella Place. If you look at the houses, strip out the changes made over the years and look just at the ground and first floors (for all were originally two storeys) of 109, 113-117 and 127 you will see the very clear similarities.

From the advertisement we can also note 2 ‘newly built’ cottages which would appear, probably, to be Claremont Cottage, 103 Church Road.

There is also mention of a pump house behind Claremont House:

“Immediately to the rear is a Pump-house of 2 floors, &c., with strong cast iron cistern capable of holding nearly 1000 gallons supplied by a lifting-pump of great power from a deep well, from which cistern the House and two adjoining cottages are supplied”.

It’s a lovely description! The pump house is, probably, what’s now Claremont Villa, 119 Church Road, which is a building that looks as if it was originally ‘industrial’.

The advert also confirms that what is now 113 Church Road was originally two houses – No. 1 & 2 Paradise Place – but that No. 1 Paradise Place was:

“sometime since partially destroyed by Fire and which may be reinstated at small expense”.

Unfortunately ‘sometime since’ is not accurate enough to determine exactly when the fire occurred, indeed it implies at some unknown time since the house was built. Additionally, it tells us that 113 was already, by 1836, 3 storeys, though it does not tell us whether 115 was as well, and it gives us details about the mortgages outstanding.

We can now see that:

  • Combe Down was undeveloped before 1730.
  • It remained much as Ralph Allen developed it until 1800.
  • Isabella Placewas then added to Ralph Allen’s original housing from 1800 – 1804.
  • 109- 127 Church Road were added around 1805 – 1806.

Who were the owners and occupants?

What I intend to do is look at who was associated with the timeline of 4 houses (109, 113, 115 and 117 Church Road) and also what else was happening on Combe Down.

Over the next 200 years Combe Down obviously developed substantially. It would be a massive undertaking to try to detail every aspect of its development so I am not going to attempt that.

The timelines for the houses are reconstructed from a number of sources:

  • Deeds which are in my possession or which I have seen – especially those for 113 and 115, but also 117 which was sold with 115 for many years.
  • Reviewing the censuses and other records on ancestry.com to find out who lived in the houses.
  • Directories such as the Bath Post Office Directory (BPOD), its predecessors such as Slater’s and successors such as Kelly’s found in Bath Central Library and The Bath Record Office.
  • The Bath Chronicle & Weekly Gazette (Chron).

As one might expect, the timelines for each house are incomplete. They are given below and I have tried to find out about people who held the mortgage or owned or occupied the house. The word tried is the operative one. For some people it is fairly easy to track their genealogy and activity, for others very difficult.

For some people there is nothing in the papers, for others a lot – but it can be one dimensional and relating, for example, just to their job. For the very few that have been in some way famous or associated with a famous family it is generally easier to find something, but for others not so easy. So, it’s all somewhat pot luck, but I have found it none the less interesting for that and hope that you will find the results interesting too. 

From 109 to 117 Church Road, Combe Down about 1925

From 109 to 117 Church Road, Combe Down about 1925

Timeline for 109

Timeline for Claremont House, 109 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5JJ

SourceDateMortgagor(s) or Owner(s)Inhabitant(s) or Event(s)
 1805 – 1806House built but owners unknownHouse built but occupants unknown
Chron7 April 1836 Capt. Wylde R.N.
CRO [2]21 Apr 1837James Standerwick, Edward Browne & Edward Langford‘Draft mortgage, principal: £400, of leasehold, plot of land, 77 feet by 998 feet, and house called Claremont House; also plot, 36 feet by 88 feet and two messuages; also Colliver’s Quarr Down, 21 feet by 77 feet; all on Combe Down, Monckton Combe, Somerset between James Standerwick of New Basinghall Street, London, Wine Merchant, Edward Browne of Bath, surgeon & Edward Langford of Walcot, esquire.’
Census7 June 1841 Henry Street
Pigots1842 Henry Street
Chron8 October 1846 Elizabeth Aslet
Chron1 June 1848 Sarah Elizabeth Aslat
Chron28 February 1850 Anthony Aslat
Census30 March 1851 Mary – (Aslat)
Vivian1852 Miss Aslett
Slater’s1852 Miss Aslett
Chron3 December 1857 Mr. Ford
Census7 April 1861 Edward Palethorpe
Kelly’s1861 Edward Palethorpe
BPOD1864-65 Charles Gould
Kelly’s1866 Edward Palethorpe
Chron25 March 1869 Mrs. Hicks
Census2 April 1871 Edward Palethorpe
Kelly’s1872-75 Edward Palethorpe
Census3 April 1881 Edward Palethorpe
Kelly’s1889 Edward Palethorpe
Census5 April 1891 Jessie Palethorpe
Kelly’s1894-95 Henry Graham Montagu
BPOD1895 Henry Graham Montagu
Kelly’s1897 Henry Graham Montagu
Census31 March 1901 Unoccupied
Kelly’s1906 Alfred Wicks
Census1911 John Talbot Stamp Miller
BPOD2 April 1911 Mrs. John Miller
Deed1913Joseph Wicks‘…by an Indre dated 26th July 1913 and made between the Vendor of the one part and Joseph Wicks of the other part All that plot of land of the piece of land comprised in and demised by an Indre of Lease togr with the sd dwelling house erected thereon and then known as Claremont House, Combe Down was conveyed unto use of the sd Joseph Wicks in fee simple……’
Deed21 June 1919John P. Stursberg to Joseph WicksIn: “Assignment of a yearly rent of £2 issuing out of Belgrave House…” mention of the same for Claremont House
BPOD1938 Philip Richards
BPOD1939 Herbert J. Jordan, Frederick Cross, Mrs. Brian & Harry Bland
BPOD1940 Christopher Humphries, Frederick Cross, Mrs. Brian & Harry Bland
BPOD1955 C. W. Love, Philip Bishop & Miss Shute
BPOD1961-63 Mrs. M. Adams & Claude W. Close
BPOD1965 W. Bean & Claude W. Close
BPOD1967 David Merrifield
BPOD1969 Lawrence W. Sinclair
BPOD1970-72 M. Adams, Michael J. Barrow & Anthony D. Bennett
BPOD1972-73 M. Adams, Michael J. Barrow & Ian L. Newman

Timeline for 113

Timeline for Paradise House, Belgrave House, Chantry House, 113 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5JJ

SourceDateMortgagor(s) or Owner(s)3Inhabitant(s) or Event(s)
 1805 – 1806House built but owners unknownHouse built but occupants unknown
Census7 June 1841 Margaret Musters
Deed30 August 1849Francis Ewens to Edward Palethorpe‘By Indenture of this date made between Francis Ewens of Combe Down in the County of Somerset of one part and Edward Palethorpe of the same place Gent: of other part…..’ Francis Ewens sells 113 for £230
Chron11 October 1849 Francis and Betty Ewens
Census30 March 1851 Frederick & Sarah Mines
Slater’s1852-53 Sarah Mines
Deed8 May 1861Nathan Atherton to Thomas Hanks‘…by an indenture dated the Eighth day of May One thousand eight hundred and sixty one made between Nathan Atherton of the one part and Thomas Hanks of the other part (inter alia) the heriditament and premises were conveyed unto and to the use of the said Thomas Hanks his heirs…’
Census7 April 1861 Frederick & Elizabeth Mines and Harriett Bradley
BPOD1864-65 Frederick & Mines
Census2 April 1871 Frederick & Elizabeth Mines
Kelly’s1875 Frederick & Mines
Census3 April 1881 Elizabeth Mines & Emma T. Tullock
Kelly’s1883 Elizabeth Mines
Census5 April 1891 William S & Jane Lafanore [LeFeuvre]
Kelly’s1894-95 William Seward LeFeuvre
BPOD1895 William Seward LeFeuvre
Deed19 August 1898John CookJohn Cook buys 113 from Jessie Palethorpe (widow of Edward Palethorpe) for £200
Census31 March 1901 Richard & Sarah Ann Knott
Kelly’s1902 Richard H. Knott
Deed9 January 1909 Will of John Cook leaves 113 in trust for his sister Sarah Ann Cook (Knott) during her life and that Edward Richard Dolling could buy within 6 months of the death of his sister for £250
Census2 April 1911 Sarah Ann Knott
Kelly’s1911 Sarah A. Knott
Deed25 March 1915Edward Richard DollingEdward Richard Dolling buys 113 for £250
Deed24 September 1919John P. Stursberg to Edward R. DollingAssignment of a yearly rent of £2 issuing out of Belgrave House
Kelly’s1923 Edward Richard Dolling
Deed2 May 1923Ralph DavisRalph Davis buys 113 from Edward Richard Dolling for £900
Deed3 May 1923 Ralph Davis leases 113 to Rev. Leonard N. Haxell for 3 1/8 years from 9 May 1923 for £36 per annum
Kelly’s1927 Rev. Leonard N. Haxell
Kelly’s1931 Rev. Leonard N. Haxell
Deed11 August 1932Henry John ChapmanHenry John Chapman buys 113 from estate of Ralph Davis for £700  
BPOD1938 Henry Graham Montague
Chron2 September 1939 Henry Graham Montague
BPOD1940 Henry Graham Montague
Chron7 February 1942 Henry Graham Montague
BPOD1950 Mrs. Montague
BPOD1955 Miss M. Cousens & Raymond Whitaker
Phone1957Estate of Henry John ChapmanMiss M. Cousens
BPOD1961 Miss M. Cousens & Raymond N. Whitaker
BPOD1963 Miss M. Cousens & Raymond N. Whitaker
Deed20 May 1964Raymond Vincent WhitakerRaymond Vincent Whitaker buys 113 from estate of Henry John Chapman for £1,150
BPOD1965 Raymond Vincent Whitaker
BPOD1967 Raymond Vincent Whitaker
Deed14 September 1967 Cuthbert Aloysius Joseph & Evaline Freda Bates buy 113 from the widow of Raymond Vincent Whitaker for £3,500
BPOD1969 David M. Bates (Please note that Elizabeth Bates, daughter of Cuthbert Bates has confirmed that her brother David did not live at 113 and that this and the other directory entries below are incorrect. It was indeed her father and mother who lived at 113 from 1967 – 1982)
BPOD1969 David M. Bates
BPOD1970 David M. Bates
BPOD1971-72 David M. Bates
BPOD1972-73 David M. Bates
Deed16 June 1982 Michael Lewis and Julia Sinfield buy 113 from estate of Evaline Freda Bates for £55,000
 1982-1984 Michael Lewis and Julia Sinfield
 1994Patrick Kennedy & Jane CasselsPatrick Kennedy & Jane Cassels buy 113
 2007Hans & Maggie BangHans & Maggie Bang buy 113
 2016Louis & Ros WoodfordLouis & Ros Woodford buy 113

Timeline for 115

Timeline for No.1 Prospect Place, Prospect Villa, Huntspill Mount, The Mount, 115 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5JJ

SourceDateMortgagor(s) or Owner(s)Inhabitant(s) or Event(s)
 1805 – 1806House built but owners unknownHouse built but occupants unknown
Deed1805Joseph Ponting, Benjamin Wingrove & John GabrielHouse built but occupants unknown
Deed21 June 1818William Coles‘Indenture dated on or about the twenty first day of June One thousand eight hundred and eighteen and expressed to be made between Joseph Ponting, Benjamin Wingrove & William Coles of the other part’
Deed1 June 1819Elias Dyer‘Indenture of Mortgage from the said William Coles to Elias Dyer
Deed8 April 1820William Bye Lidiard‘Indenture dated on or about the eighth day of April One thousand eight hundred and twenty and expressed to be made between William Coles and Elias Dyer of the one part and William Bye Lidiard Gentleman of the other part’
Deed30 December 1825Francis Ewens‘Indenture of Assignment from the said William Coles and Elias Dyer to Francis Ewens of London Gentleman’
Chron1827 Mrs. Bull
BPOD1833 Mrs. Bull
Deed30 June 1834Francis Ewens & Ambrose Heale & Thomas Macaulay Cruttwell‘Indenture of Assignment made between the said Francis Ewens of the first part Ambrose Heale Esquire of the second part and Thomas Macaulay Cruttwell Gentleman of the third part’
Chron7 April 1836 Mrs. Bull
Deed21 June 1836Richard Falkner & Robert Jupe & Henry Ward & Thomas Macaulay Cruttwell & James Standerwick & Margaretta Bull & Francis Ewens‘Indenture of Assignment endorsed on the last mentioned Indenture and made between Richard Falkner Banker Robert Jupe Upholsterer and Henry Ward of the first part the said Thomas Macaulay Cruttwell of the second part James Standerwick Gentleman of the third part Margaretta Bull of the fourth part and the said Francis Ewens of the fifth part’
Census7 June 1841 Margaretta Bull
Deed30 August 1849Francis Ewens & Edward Palethorpe‘Indenture of Assignment made from the said Francis Ewens to the said Edward Palethorpe
Census30 March 1851 Uninhabited
Census7 April 1861 Margaretta Taylor (Bull)
Deed8 August 1862 Edward Palethorpe demises ‘Well and Strip of ground’ from 113 & John Taylor takes 115 & 117 for debt from Edward Palethorpe demises ‘Well and Strip of ground’ from 113 & John Taylor takes 115 & 117 for debt from Margaretta Taylor (Bull)
Deed29 October 1862Thomas Cruttwell (trustee)‘Assignment of two Messuages called respectively Prospect House & Prospect Villa situate on Combe Down near Bath.’ Thomas Cruttwell buys 115 & 117 for £380 in trust for Thomas Hanks from John Taylor
Deed29 October 1862 ‘….the other of which messuages namely Prospect Villa is now in the occupation of Priscilla Peacock as yearly tenant’
BPOD1864-65 Mrs. Jemima Harris
Census2 April 1871 Andrew Shepherd & Rebecca Dodds (Shepherd)
BPOD1876-77 Andrew Shepherd
Census1877Thomas HanksRight of tunnelling to Somerset & Dorset Railway given by Thomas Hanks
Census3 April 1881 Uninhabited
Kelly’s1883 Thomas Hanks
BPOD1884-85 Thomas Hanks
Kelly’s1889 Thomas Hanks
Census5 April 1891 Thomas Hanks & Mary Ann Rebecca Hanks
Kelly’s1894 Thomas Hanks
Deed4 February 1894Thomas JonesThomas Jones buys 115 & 117 for £550 from Mary Ann Rebecca Hanks (widow of Thomas Hanks)
BPOD1895 Thomas Hanks
Census31 March 1901 Edith Susan Wisdom
Kelly’s1902 Mrs. Wisdom
Deed2 October 1902William SteartWilliam Steart buys 115 & 117 for £585
Kelly’s1906 Elizabeth Carew Robinson
Kelly’s1910 Elizabeth Carew Robinson
Census2 April 1911 Elizabeth Carew Robinson
Kelly’s1914 James Ross
Kelly’s1919 James Ross
Kelly’s1923 James Ross
Deed 26 October 1923Alice Gertrude LawrenceAlice Gertrude Lawrence buys 115 & 117 from Harriett Steart (widow of William Steart for £1,250
Deed21 June 1927John Douglas RossJohn Douglas Ross buys 115 from executors of Alice Gertrude Lawrence
Kelly’s1927 James Ross
Kelly’s1931 James Ross
Deed4 October 1933Henry John ChapmanHenry John Chapman buys 115 for £600
Kelly’s1935 Miss Ross
BPOD1938 Ivor Fale & Miss M. F. Doman
BPOD1939 Miss M. F. Doman
BPOD1940 Stanley Cruse
Chron9 April 1949 Mr. & Mrs. A Cruse
Deed25 June 1950Edward William Charles PrescottEdward William Charles Prescott buys 115 for £1,600
BPOD1955 Mrs. H. C. Dunn & Edward Prescott
Deed11 March 1960Amelia Elizabeth SlingoAmelia Elizabeth Slingo buys 115 for £2,350
Deed15 December 1961Robert James WallRobert James Wall buys 115 for £3,000
BPOD1961 Mrs. A. E. Slingo & Geo. B. Stanley
BPOD1963 Mrs. A. E. Slingo
BPOD1965 Mrs. A. E. Slingo & Robert Wall
BPOD1967 Robert Wall
BPOD1968 Robert Wall
BPOD1969 Robert Wall
BPOD1970 Robert Wall
BPOD1971-72 Robert Wall
BPOD1972-73 Robert Wall
Deed21 August 1973Josephine Myra HughesJosephine Myra Hughes buys 115 from Daphne Mildred Wall (widow of Robert James Wall) for £24,500
Deed1984 – Richard & Margaret HillRichard Hill & Margaret Hill buy 115 from Josephine Myra Hughes

Timeline for 117

Timeline for No.2 Prospect Place, Prospect House, Pilland Cottage, Sunnyside, March House, 117 Church Road, Combe Down, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5JJ

SourceDateMortgagor(s) or Owner(s)Inhabitant(s) or Event(s)
Deed1805Joseph Ponting, Benjamin Wingrove & John GabrielHouse built but occupants unknown
Deed21 June 1818William Coles‘Indenture dated on or about the twenty first day of June One thousand eight hundred and eighteen and expressed to be made between Joseph Ponting, Benjamin Wingrove & John Gabriel therein severally described of the one part and the said William Coles of the other part’
Deed1 June 1819Elias Dyer‘Indenture of Mortgage from the said William Coles to Elias Dyer
Deed8 April 1820William Bye Lidiard‘Indenture dated on or about the eighth day of April One thousand eight hundred and twenty and expressed to be made between William Coles and Elias Dyer of the one part and William Bye Lidiard Gentleman of the other part’
Deed30 December 1825Francis Ewens‘Indenture of Assignment from the said William Coles and Elias Dyer to Francis Ewens of London Gentleman’
Chron1836 Vacant
Deed30 June 1834Francis Ewens & Ambrose Heale & Thomas Macaulay Cruttwell‘Indenture of Assignment made between the said Francis Ewens of the first part Ambrose Heale Esquire of the second part and Thomas Macaulay Cruttwell Gentleman of the third part’
Deed21 June 1836Richard Falkner & Robert Jupe & Henry Ward & Thomas Macaulay Cruttwell & James Standerwick & Margaretta Bull & Francis Ewens‘Indenture of Assignment endorsed on the last mentioned Indenture and made between Richard Falkner Banker Robert Jupe Upholsterer and Henry Ward of the first part the said Thomas Macaulay Cruttwell of the second part James Standerwick Gentleman of the third part Margaretta Bull of the fourth part and the said Francis Ewens of the fifth part’
Census7 June 1841 Thomas Gill
Deed30 August 1849Francis Ewens & Edward Palethorpe‘Indenture of Assignment made from the said Francis Ewens to the said Edward Palethorpe
Census30 March 1851 Thomas & Margaretta Taylor (Bull)
Census7 April 1861 Robert & Anne B Vizey
Deed8 August 1862 Edward Palethorpe demises ‘Well and Strip of ground’ from 113 & John Taylor takes 115 & 117 for debt from Margaretta Taylor (Bull)
Deed29 October 1862Thomas Cruttwell (trustee)‘Assignment of two Messuages called respectively Prospect House & Prospect Villa situate on Combe Down near Bath.’ Thomas Cruttwell buys 115 & 117 for £380 in trust for Thomas Hanks from John Taylor
Deed29 October 1862 ‘…Prospect House was lately in the occupation of Edmund Vezey but is now unoccupied’
BPOD1864-65 Miss Priscilla Peacock
Census2 April 1871 Robert G & Maria Mattingley
Kelly’s1875 Thomas Jennings
BPOD1876-77 Henry T. Jennings
Census1877Thomas HanksRight of tunnelling to Somerset & Dorset Railway given by Thomas Hanks
Census3 April 1881 William & Martha Portman
Kelly’s1883 William Portman
BPOD1884-85 William Portman
Kelly’s1889 Charles Davis
Census5 April 1891 Uninhabited
Deed4 February 1894Thomas JonesThomas Jones buys 115 & 117 for £550 from Mary Ann Rebecca Hanks (widow of Thomas Hanks)
Kelly’s1894 William Franklin
Kelly’s1895 William Franklin
BPOD1895 Mrs. Grant
Census31 March 1901 Arthur Gregory & Elizabeth M. Wilkinson
Kelly’s1902 Arthur G Wilkinson
Deed2 October 1902William SteartWilliam Steart buys 115 & 117 for £585
Kelly’s1910 Mrs. Lawrence
Census2 April 1911 Alice Gertrude Lawrence
Kelly’s1914 Mrs. Lawrence
Kelly’s1919 Mrs. Lawrence
Kelly’s1923 Mrs. Lawrence
Deed 26 October 1923Alice Gertrude LawrenceAlice Gertrude Lawrence buys 115 & 117 from Harriett Steart (widow of William Steart) for £1,250
Kelly’s1927 Mrs. Lawrence
Deed21 June 1927Gilbert V. WestlakeGilbert V. & Florence Edith Packer Westlake buy 117 from executors of Alice Gertrude Lawrence
BPOD1937 Alfred W. Davis
BPOD1938 Alfred W. Davis
BPOD1939 Alfred W. Davis
BPOD1940 Alfred W. Davis
Chron1949 Francis William Henry Webb
BPOD1963 J. W. Fosberge
BPOD1965 J. W. Fosberge
BPOD1967 Edward J. Burnet-Harris
BPOD1968 Edward J. Burnet-Harris
BPOD1969 Edward J. Burnet-Harris
BPOD1970 Edward J. Burnet-Harris
BPOD1971-72 Edward J. Burnet-Harris
BPOD1972-73 Patrick Burnet-Harris
 1984 – Vivien WormersleyVivien Womersley

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