A lost building of Lamberhurst

A week ago I posted this picture on the Court Lodge Estate Facebook page, asking if anyone knew where in Lamberhurst it was. I found the photo in one of our photo albums that belonged to my great great grandfather, William Courtenay Morland. The photos in this album that are dated are from 1902-1905.

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A few helpful people commented, and it soon became clear that it was a Kentish Wealden Hall House called Walsinghams that was demolished a long time ago. It was located on Town Hill in Lamberhurst, on a site now occupied by a house that looks like it dates back to the 1960s.

I was then sent some more photos of Walsinghams by someone who once came to stay in one of our holiday cottages, and whose husband grew up in Lamberhurst. He remembers Walsinghams being demolished, and just the chimney stack left standing for a long time.

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It was a beautiful old Kentish house. I wonder about the families that lived in it. It must have been one of the more substantial houses in Lamberhurst, so was probably home to a wealthy family. I also wonder why it was demolished. At least we still have these photos.

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2 thoughts on “A lost building of Lamberhurst

  1. John Crates

    Dear Heather, I have just seen your photos of the house on Town Hill since demolished. When we moved into the house next to it in 1978 showing in your picture with the blind over a shop front (it had been Marshalls the butchers, formerly run by Ernie Gurr), William Morland very kindly gave us a list of all the owners since it was built in 1537, an early one of whom was a Walsyngham. Because of this we altered the name from Hillside to Walsynghams. The house pictured had already been replaced by the existing bungalow but there was never any suggestion that it also had been called Walsynghams. When we sold the house in 1986 we passed the list and architectural history to the Bullocks who still live there. I hope this is of interest. Kind regards, John

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    1. heatherdyke Post author

      Dear John,

      That is so interesting, thank you! I often find myself wishing William was still around, as he knew so much local history.

      Very best wishes,
      Heather

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