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Uxbridge House (Lady Wakefield House)

 

Uxbridge House 1890
Uxbridge House in 1890

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Please Note: The address of Wakefield House is Wakefield Place not 2 Crescent Road, as displayed by the Google Link. For location purposes it is the second property from the western end of Crescent road the first being a new property built in garden of the original house. Access to these properties is from Stevenson close not Crescent road. Historic census reports name the property as 1 Crescent Road or Uxbridge House dependant on which year. Thanks to Malcolm Austin for pointing this out.

 

 

The Crescent was built 1827 to 1831 to the designs of Thomas Ellis Owen, Cruickshank's architect. The western end of The Crescent consisted of separate detached houses, the first of which was Uxbridge House.

The foundation stone was laid in 1826, and it became the first building in the very fashionable part of 19th century Alverstoke known as Anglesey.

The Hampshire Chronicle of June 1883 described it as a:

Charming Freehold family residence for sale 2½ hours from London, equally suitable for Summer and Winter, well situated for yachting. Good anchorage in sight of windows, safe sea bathing. Clean shingle beach &co. Opposite to the Isle of Wight, close to Ryde and Cowes. South aspect; well furnished throughout, in perfect order, and fit for immediate occupation. Cheerful view of passing vessels. Seven minutes walk from Stokes Bay railway station and pier. Church, post and telegraph offices close to. Gravel subsoil, drainage perfect, mild and healthy climate. Good garden with glass (houses). Lawn tennis (three courts), and croquet grounds, shaded by remarkably fine old trees, in all three acres. Handsome reception rooms, 15 bed and dressing rooms, bath room with constant hot and cold supply, first rate domestic offices. Good stabling. Gas and water laid on.

 

Lady Harpur Crewe, wife of the late Sir J.H. Crewe gave Uxbridge House Alverstoke as her address in a letter to the press in 1886.

 

The house was later purchased and lived in for many years by the Gosport brewer Samuel Turner Blake. He died in September 1897 when he was thrown from his horse whilst hunting with the Hambledon Hounds. His widow Mary Hemsted Blake inherited Uxbridge House until January 1929 when she died at the age of 77 at Sherne House Brighton.

 

Uxbridge House was put up for auction on 31st January 1929. The sale document described it as:
Uxbridge House, Anglesey, situate at the corner of Crescent Road. Carriage drive entrance, outer and inner halls, handsome dining room, attractive double drawing room, top lighted billiard room, morning room, library and smoking room, all on the ground floor. TWELVE GOOD BEDROOMS, two dressing rooms, two bath-rooms, servants' hall, butler's bedroom and ample domestic offices. The grounds comprise full-size tennis court, croquet lawn, flower garden, pleasure lawn surrounded by mature trees, two vegetable gardens, glass houses. garage, 3-stall stable, the whole occupying and area of ABOUT 3 ACRES, and having a frontage onto crescent Road of 232ft. and a continuous frontage to Anglesey Road and Clayhall Road of 785ft. or thereabouts.

It was immediately withdrawn from sale and sold instead by private tender, to the National Children's Home.

 

Uxbridge House


Uxbridge House

Uxbridge House

 

 

Charles Cheers Wakefield was born at Wavertee, Liverpool, in 1859, the son of John Wakefield, a Government official at H.M. Customs. He entered an American oil broker's office there and founded the Wakefield Oil Company, which became C.C. Wakefield and Co. His company subsequently changed the name of its lubricating products to Castrol. This became possibly the biggest firm of oil refiners in the world at that time.

 

Wakefield was an Alderman of the Bread Street Ward, London (1908), a member of the Court of Common Council, Sheriff (1907), and for 1915-1916 Lord Mayor of London. He was given his knighthood as Baron Wakefield of Hythe in 1930 for services to the City of London. He was raised to the peerage as Viscount Wakefield of Hythe in 1934.

 

Charles Cheers Wakefield Charles Cheers Wakefield
Charles Cheers Wakefield

The opening of Sunshine House in 1932 at the N.C.H. with Lord Wakefield (centre).
In a statement on the financial side the Rev. J.H. Litten said that the scheme was initiated by a splendid gift of £8,000 by Lord Wakefield which had enable the Committee to purchase the property now known as Wakefield House and estate. Lord Wakefield had promised to find the remaining amount, so that they could say that the scheme was not only completed but paid for.

 

 

He was co-founder of The Wakefield Trust. He was a wealthy philanthropist and high ranking freemason. He served as a treasurer of the National Children's Homes and Orphanage in 1927.

Grace's Guide to Lord Wakefield

 

When Uxbridge House and grounds was put up for sale, the Principal of the National Children's Home, the Rev. Hodgeson Smith, together with Lord Wakefield and Sir Thomas Barlow, decided that the property was ideal for the purposes of the home, especially as it adjoined the premises of the branch.

 

In 1931 it was announced in the press that Lord Wakefield had donated £8,000 to the National Children's Home and Orphanage at Alverstoke. It was part of a contribution of £33,000 that enabled them to purchase Uxbridge House as an addition to their scheme which included Atkinson House, Daisy House, Sunshine House and Pigott Hall. These building were necessary as the original properties were 'in a grievous state'. This gift by Lord Wakefield had not been made public until then but it covered the purchase of Uxbridge House, and in accordance with the wishes of Lord Wakefield the name was to be changed to 'Lady Wakefield House'. (This name may have been chosen to differentiate it from Wakefield House Cheapside London, the HQ of the Oil Company. The name has now been shortened to 'Wakefield House'.) This addition to the estate of the Alverstoke branch of the National Children's Home 'will enabled it to provide a place where more delicate children may be nursed back to health and strength'.

 

Wakefield House became the primary school for the home.
Alverstoke Children's Home

 

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Evening News 1931 Evening News 1935 Evening News May 5 1932

 

 

Lord Wakefield G.C.V.O. died on January 15th 1941 at Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire, aged 81 having been known as 'the prince of givers' because of his donations to many causes of well over £1,000.000. He left no heir and his title was not passed on.

 

Uxbridge House Uxbridge House on a map of 1932
National Children's Home : Wakefield House Uxbridge House on a map of 1932

 

Following the closure of the National Children's Home at Alverstoke in 1984 Wakefield House was converted to three smaller houses.

 

 

Wakefield House is Grade II Listed

The listing describes it as: Circa 1830. Large late Regency house, with complex architectural form of symmetrical design, with Grecian ornament sparsely applied. Three-storeys and basement.
1.2.1.2.1 windows, ends being 2-storeyed set back wings. Hipped slate roof. Walling has simple eaves cornice, second floor horizontal bands containing panels below windows, with Greek fret ornament. First floor bands contain similar panels having palmette ornament, with triglyphs in centre unit. Sashes in reveals. Centre ground floor window is of 3-lights within plain architrave. Prominent moulded chimneys.

 

 

Ownership of Uxbridge House (later Lady Wakefield House)
I am indebted to Gosport Historian Philip Eley for the following meticulously researched information concerning the ownership of Uxbridge House

Uxbridge House - references
H(ampshire T(elegraph newspaper
H(amphire R(ecord O(ffice, Winchester
P(ortsmouth T(imes newspaper
G(osport B(orough C(ouncil
A(lverstoke L(ocal B(oard
E(vening N(ews newspaper, Portsmouth

HT 28 Sep 1826 p4    Earl of Uxbridge laid foundation stone at Anglesey

HT 15 August 1831 p4    Uxbridge Villa taken by Duke of Portland for the season
HRO 48M74/E/T/191 20 Feb 1834 assignment of 1000 year term

1)Thomas SLAUGHTER of Bristol

2)Robert CRUICKSHANK
-Whereas by mortgage 3 May 1832 1)sd RC 2)sd TS £4950 a term of 1000 years was created
-ALL THAT capital mansion with greenhouse, coachhouse, stable, offices & buildings lately erected by said RC with yard and garden, pleasure grounds, closes of meadow, lands etc at Anglesey FORMERLY in occ Duke of Portland since of Hnble Rev Evelyn BOSCOWEN now sd RC
--BOUNDED by road from Ak to Haslar on N; road to Stokes Bay on W; road and land of sd RC at Anglesey on S; ptly by msg/dwh & walled gdn erected by sd RC on E

HT 28 August 1843 p3    auction of "marine mansion" Uxbridge House, let to Rev E Osborne

PT 4 May 1850 p3 - 'fashionable arrivals' at Anglesey included Hon Sir E Bulwer and Lady at Uxbridge House

30 June 1853    Auction of Robert Cruickshank's estate: lot 4 freehold marine mansion Uxbridge House in occupation of WEL Bulwar esquire, at £150 pa rent; with 4 acres 27 perches of land

PT 1 Aug 1857 p5    Lytton Bulwer Esq of Uxbridge House qualifed as a County Magistrate

census 1861    Uxbridge House occupied by Barber family

census 1871    Uxbridge House was occupied by a visitor (William Bowers) and a single servant

GBC deed #4584/1 abstract of title: mentions a mortgage 21 May 1879 made by Edward Percy Thompson of Uxbridge House
EN 13 October 1879 p2 suicide of Captain Edward Percy Thompson, at Uxbridge House - leaving a widow and a son

HT 14 Jan 1880 Hampshire Assizes - silverware stolen from Mrs Thompson at Uxbridge House

HT 29 May 1880 p1 auction (24 June) of Uxbridge House
census 1881    Uxbridge House was occupied by Commander (RN retired) John F Tottenham and family

HT 14 May 1881 Captain Tottenham of Uxbridge House complained to Alverstoke Local Board

HT 13 Aug 1881 p1 auction on instructions of Captain Tottenham at Uxbridge House of fencing materials etc

HT 8 March 1884 p3 court case where a servant of Capt Tottenham of Uxbridge House had stolen silver and gold items

HRO 120A02/1    8 Jul 1884    sales particulars of Uxbridge House, Alverstoke

ALB building plan    15 Dec 1885    billiard room at Uxbridge House for W Jessop

HRO 5M62/22 p711    1885    will of William Jessop esquire, of Butterley Hall, Derbyshire, late of Uxbridge House, Anglesey

BMD index 2B/325 William Jessop died June quarter 1885, aged 63; registered at Alverstoke

ALB Sanitary Inspector's journal    Jan to Feb 1888 mentions County Analyst's report on water supply at Uxbridge House - Jessop took water sample from tap for analysis

HT 15 June 1889 p1 auction, on instructions of Edward Jessop esq (having sold the residence)

EN 22 July 1889 p3 tenders invited by ST Blake for alterations and additions to Uxbridge House
census 1891    Uxbridge House was occupied by Samuel T Blake and family

GBC deed #706/3    mentions the will dated 22 November 1890 of Samuel Turner Blake of Uxbridge House appointing Mary & Frederick Blake with John Wolfe Barry as executors and trustees with power to sell property; also codicils of 3 November 1893 and 19 September 1895

GBC deed #706/3    mentions Samuel Turner Blake died 27 March 1897 at Uxbridge House; Sir John W Barry declined to act as executor; probate was granted 12 August 1897 to Mary and Frederick Blake
St Marks burial register: 30 Mar 1897 Samuel T Blake of Uxbridge House, 60 years old, buried

HT 11 Sep 1897 p2 reveals that ST Blake, by his will, left the use of Uxbridge House to his wife during her widowhood

GBC deed #2907/1 abstract of title: mentions conveyance 25 March 1898 Mary Blake of Uxbridge House, Anglesey, widow and Frederick Blake of Gosport, brewer, were described as the representatives of Samuel Blake deceased

Kelly's directories 1901/1907/1909    Mrs Blake, Uxbridge House, 1 Crescent Road

HRO 1902 Rate Book shows Mary Blake occupying 1 Crescent Road, owned by the executors of ST Blake

ALB building plan    May 1904    drainage at Uxbridge House for Frederick Blake

GBC deed #706/3 conveyance 27 May 1921 from Mary Blake of Uxbridge House, Anglesey, widow

HRO 111M97 box59 1928 will of Mary Blake of Uxbridge House

EN 12 Jan 1929 p2 auction announced of Uxbridge House 'by direction of the trustees of the late ST Blake'

EN 28 Jan 1929 p4 announcement that the auction was cancelled because Uxbridge House had been sold by private contract

EN 8 July 1929 p7 piece about a boy missing from the Alverstoke NCH confirms that Uxbridge House is NCH property

GBC building plan #1736    dated August 1929    alterations & WCs at Uxbridge House for National Children's Home and Orphanage

EN 24 April 1931 p11 belatedly gives details of Lord Wakefield of Hythe's donation of £8000 to allow NCH to buy Uxbridge House; it was to be renamed Lady Wakefield House

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