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The Grange, Upper Longdon
« on: Tuesday 07 March 17 15:21 GMT (UK) »
I don't know if anyone can help, we have a bit of a mystery (which my brother is driving me daft with)

My parents live in an area called the Grange in upper longdon, we know these houses were built in the 1960's but the previous house appears to be a mystery.

We know it was quite a big property and had tennis courts at some stage.
There is also a farm connected to  the building and the road next to the area is called after the Grange.

We have found a Douglas Thomas Seckham living in the house in 1937  and before that it was a Francis Forster (Who died 1930) but we would like to find out who built the house and when and if there are any surviving photos of it.

We also know that there used to be a tunnel from the Grange to the Priory down the road.

Any help would be great (I'm even struggling to find it on Ancestry)

Thank you   
Evans
Wolfenden  & Clarke (for Hubby)
Owen
Jones
Phillips
Smith
(all welsh names as we appear to have the lot on one side)

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Re: The Grange, Upper Longdon
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 08 March 17 13:16 GMT (UK) »
Hi
I've had a look on the old ordnance survey maps on the National Library of Scotland website.
In 1900 it is Longdon Grange but in 1882 it is called 'The Brambles'.

That might help you track it down at a earlier date.

Strangely though on the 1901 census it is Longdon Grange again -Francis Villier Forster 50 barrister  born France and his wife Harriet Susan.

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Re: The Grange, Upper Longdon
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 08 March 17 13:17 GMT (UK) »
Hi thanks for that, that really will help  :) :)
Evans
Wolfenden  & Clarke (for Hubby)
Owen
Jones
Phillips
Smith
(all welsh names as we appear to have the lot on one side)

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Re: The Grange, Upper Longdon
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 08 March 17 13:39 GMT (UK) »
http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/sidebyside.cfm#zoom=18&lat=52.7287&lon=-1.9106&layers=176&right=BingHyb

You can change map series using the pull down list in the top left.
Zoom and scroll using mouse.

A local archives or history centre might be able to help you with photos or more detailed maps.

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Re: The Grange, Upper Longdon
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 08 March 17 13:51 GMT (UK) »
1881 The Brambles
2 servants Mary Adams 28 house keeper and Amy Berrisford 15 kitchen maid only occupants.

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Re: The Grange, Upper Longdon
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 08 March 17 14:02 GMT (UK) »
thank you both

Ruskie - I like that website that is most useful
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Smith
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Re: The Grange, Upper Longdon
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 08 March 17 14:22 GMT (UK) »
thank you both

Ruskie - I like that website that is most useful

Fabulous isn't it? So useful! :)

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Re: The Grange, Upper Longdon
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 08 March 17 14:24 GMT (UK) »
I hope this link works:

The Brambles:
https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/405500/314500/12/100599

(I think you need to drag the map a bit - The Brambles is a bit further right)

Added: Out of interest, do you know whereabouts the Priory was? A tunnel to the Priory reminds me of The Famous Five and their adventures! How exciting! :)

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Re: The Grange, Upper Longdon
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 08 March 17 14:40 GMT (UK) »
The House that became the Grange is on that map is opposite the "Chapel" - interestingly that chapel is still there but got converted into a house.

The Priory is down the road in the area called Hawksyard Park (the building is still there and now used for wedding receptions) - you can get there by following the road to the right (Brereton hill Lane), then when you get to the road junction (now the A51) go straight over the fields and it is down there

You are right it is very famous five  :D :D :D

Historical maps are great to view  :) :)
Evans
Wolfenden  & Clarke (for Hubby)
Owen
Jones
Phillips
Smith
(all welsh names as we appear to have the lot on one side)