- Eastley End House
The house was originally built in the late 18th century, and was extended in the early 19th. It is built of red brick, three storeys high, with a prominent projecting bay at the front (west-facing) and a slate roof; there is a one-storey extension on the north, and a two-storey extension to the south. [http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?pid=1&id=289784 Images of England] description]
In 1800, it was described as "a modern-built Brick Villa [with] Coach-house for 3 carriages, and Stabling for 11 horses".Notices of sale in "The Times", 1st, 5th, 8th & 13th August 1800] By 1904, it was considered "an imposing Georgian Residence… containing 14 bed, bath, billiard, and four reception rooms… Electric light is installed… Stabling for eight".Notice of sale in "The Times", 9th July 1904] In 1947 it was given as having 13 bedrooms and 5 reception rooms. [Notice of sale in "The Times", 14th October 1947] By 1985 it was in use as a restaurant, with the main staircase and entrance hall the only remaining original features. It was extensively refurbished after purchase by Readymix Concrete. [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19940316/ai_n14859298/pg_3 Architecture: Earth above and heaven below] . Nicholas Schoon, "The Independent". 16th March 1994]
The house was sold at auction in 1800, and by 1804 was occupied by Captain
Temple Hardy, a son of Admiral Charles Hardy. [ [http://www.southfarm.plus.com/Cartulary/PL_8.html Quitclaim regarding the Manor of Rawlins, 1804] ] In 1883 the resident was one Henry N. Ritchie, [Notice of marriage in "The Times", January 9th 1883] and it was again sold at auction in 1904.
In 1911, the resident of the house, a Lady Hanson, was sued (successfully) by her former cook for libel, after dismissing her claiming grounds of immoral behaviour. It is interesting to note that it emerged during the trial — causing the "Times" reporter to describe her as having "a craving for sensationalism" — that Lady Hanson and a surgeon friend from London would regularly go on "burglar hunts" at the weekends:
:"...on the occasion of Mr. Miles' visits, it was her practice to walk about with him armed with revolvers and with the motor driver carrying an acetylene lamp, for the purpose of looking for burglars...The burglar hunts used sometimes to go on until 2 o'clock in the morning"."The Times", 16th December 1911]
It is not entirely clear what these hunts consisted of — on questioning, Mr. Miles said that he arranged them for the "suppression of the presence of tramps", ["The Times", 19th December 1911] and the head housemaid described them as "usually [taking place] in the garden"
The house was bought by
John Satterfield Sandars, formerly the private secretary to Arthur Balfour, for his retirement; he lived there until his death in 1934, [Obituary of J. S. Sandars in "The Times", 31st March 1934] and his widow remained there until her death in 1947. [Notice of the death of Harriet Sandars in "The Times", 3rd July 1947] In 1957 the house was still a private residence. [Notice of engagement in "The Times", April 6th 1957]
By 1994, it had been bought and refurbished as part of the headquarters of Readymix Concrete. The house is the centre of a complex of three buildings, along with the former stable block ("Meadlake House") and a Victorian building ("the Grange"), and contains the offices of the directors [ [http://www.maxfordham.com/projects-item.php?id=59&cat=9 RMC International Headquarters, Egham, Surrey] , Max Fordham Partnership] .
* [http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/search/details.aspx?pid=1&id=289784 Photograph at Images of England]
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