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Stanbridges

Stanbridges with the substantial extension on the right added between the wars.
Continued from picture #761.
By 1950 it was obvious that small-scale farming was becoming increasingly uneconomic, but my parents loved the place so much they bought it and about 30 acres for about £7000 and rented out the surrounding fields. As it was no longer a farm they changed the name to Stanbridges, and in more recent years it has been renamed Stanbridge Place.
It has several very interesting old beams dating back several centuries, including a marvellous king post supporting the central roof section.
I left home in 1962 and I think my father sold it in the late 1960s. Unfortunately I cannot remember to whom it was sold. It was then sold to Bob Birthright, a very nice bloke who ran it for several years as a recording studio/musicians’ retreat.
Picture added on 11 June 2013 at 09:20
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My grandfather, Harold Slade, bought the property in the late 1960s with his wife, Evelyn Slade. They owned it until about 1978 or thereabouts.
The house was the most delightful property which gave us grandchildren wonderful holidays with the extensive grounds, fields, and woods in which to play.
The cottage, which was quite small, was let out by my grandfather. It was sold a little while before the house to a man who extensively extended the property and called it Stanbridge Place.
The family who bought Stanbridges from the Slade family were the Palmers. Doctor Palmer's son, who had also qualified as a doctor, became a racing driver. I recall that, sadly, Dr. Palmer took his own life and so the property was sold.
The house had all its original features in place including apparently a priest's hole, magnificent main staircase, king post and beams. All the old farm buildings were in their original state and included a pump house, a cow byre, a long barn and attached four-car garage which was probably originally a barn, a long cowshed, and the coal house which may well have housed the generator. Mains power and water were available but heating was coal-fired and the sewerage was to a huge private system in the orchard.
Added by Andrew Claringbull on 13 October 2014
I've just come across this. Yes, my brother and I called in at Stanbridges in, it must have been, the late 1960s, and met your grandfather.
I agree with you, it was wonderful place for kids to play!
Added by Angus Hardern on 31 December 2014
Hi Angus,
Hopefully you are able to pick this up.I have very fond memories of cycling down Mallions Lane from Barnsnape Cottage in the late 50's and early 60's to set up camps in your fields and woods and especially drinking proper coffee carefully brewed by your mother (I can smell the aroma even now as I type!) in the lean-to greenhouse against the potting shed which, sadly, I see from this photograph has been replaced by something of much less character and less pleasing to the eye.
I picked up my interest in buildings after our ways parted in 1962/3 and I went off to study law in Liverpool with its wealth of historic buildings. Such was my interest that I helped establish the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust in 1975 and I still have an interest in historic buildings of which, of course, Stanbridges is a prime example and was probably the embryo for my lifelong interest. I always envied you, being able to call the house "your home"!
One of my most vivid memories is the occasion I nearly drove your ancient Daimler with its bullet proof windscreen (or so said!) into your pond. My first attempt at trying to drive a car!
After living near Winchester for 45 years I am thinking of returning to Slaugham where I was born and was married and the proposed development of Slaugham Manor (where, in fact, we held our wedding reception, jointly with my parents' Ruby Wedding) has attracted my attention.
It was but a short step to access this fascinating website. I may have something to contribute as a pupil at Warninglid CP School in the early 50's and having lived at Beacon Hall and Barnsnape, where my Dad was gardener, until I left home in 1963 to study in Liverpool. When I have a moment I will look at the rest of the content - but my heart leapt when I saw your name as a contributor and could not resist hastily writing this comment! It would be good to hear from you and share memories of Stanbridges and our time together at Collyers.
Ian
Added by Ian Stenning on 09 May 2018
Amazing! How good to hear from you after all these (55?) years! Susan Hardy (née Hocken) contacted me via Slaugham Archives last year too!
I've been living in Hong Kong for the past 40 years. Why not contact me via my email address shown below?
Added by Angus Hardern (Hong Kong) on 10 May 2018
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