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Belleview - Mystery house at Slaugham
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Belleview - Mystery house at Slaugham

For many years this original line drawing has been hanging in a darkened corridor in a local house and the owner has given permission to add this to the Slaugham Archives website in an effort to trace the location.
The artist was John Day, but I can find no trace of him in any records.
I have searched old maps from the latter half of the 19th century, many of which show glasshouses with the traditional hatched lines, but I cannot find any group of buildings with a similar footprint as that shown above.
I believe the reference to Cuckfield was added because it was a prominent administrative town in 1889. For example it was the location of the registration office for births, deaths and marriages.
A search for Belleview (or similar name) in the parish of Slaugham yielded two residences. There is a Belle Vue Country House care home in Warninglid but there was no trace of it on a map of 1910 as it is too modern. The other residence is in Pease Pottage and was called Bellevue Farm, until its name was changed to Hardriding in the latter part of the 20th century. However, on a map of 1874 the several buildings making up the farm did not appear to include any glasshouses.
At this stage it was tempting to dismiss the drawing as a fictional project by an architect who had decided to add a multi-storey folly in the back garden!
However, I then discovered an entry in a Kelly’s Directory of 1867 which listed notable people in the parish of Slaugham which included “Dominic Navone of Belle View”. Further investigations verified that he was born in Genoa, Italy, and that he normally lived in London. Therefore he did not appear on the Slaugham censuses which would have been crucial in solving the location of Belle View.
He was a “gentleman” of independent means who died unmarried on 26th January 1868. For death certificate purposes, the informant was named as Allen Harding, also of Belle View. I cannot find the informant’s name in the censuses.
Dominic was buried in Norwood Cemetary, Lambeth on 5th February 1968, and his nephew, also called Dominic Navone, was granted Letters of Administration on his death.
Please can anyone assist with the location of Belle View?
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While browsing through various census returns I came upon another Belle Vue, this time in the village of Slaugham.
The house is named on the census of 1861 as being on Slaugham Common which extends to the north and east of the Furnace Pond. Due to its position on the census It seems likely that this house was fairly close to the National School, now known as The Old School House. Census returns for other years simply mark residences as being located on Slaugham Common without giving any house names.
In 1861 the house was occupied by John and Eleanor Gates, who had moved to a house in Horsham Road, Handcross when the 1871 census was published.
On the 1861 census, Belle Vue is listed between two other houses on Slaugham Common. Coincidentally, one of the houses is the old school occupied by George and Emma Wenham, who were listed as schoolmaster and schoolmistress of the National School. The other was occupied by Thomas and Mary Martin, who were listed as schoolmaster and schoolmistress of a private school. No doubt the last-named couple charged a weekly fee to teach their pupils.
A copy of the 1861 census return can be viewed by selecting Open Document above.

Added by David Pearce on 02 September 2016
It is interesting that it was occupied by a gardener and a dress maker. This would fit with the building in the front but the building with the tower looks very grand and also very large.
Added by Sam Butler on 02 September 2016
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