The Lodge/Alphington Lodge

In 1798 a birth is recorded at Alphington Lodge, 'birth at Alphington Lodge to the wife of Captain Robert Nugent Dunbar of the 10th foot a son and heir'.

Robert Nugent Dunbar was the son of Oliver Nugent and Elizabeth Dunbar. It is thought that Robert added Dunbar to his name as a condition to inherit lands from his mother at Marchermore, Kircudbrightshire, South West Scotland.

Some records state 'Captain Robert Nugent Dunbar of the 20th foot'. In 1805 Robert is recorded as a Captain in the 92nd Regiment of foot, the record states 'Captain Robert Nugent Dunbar 28th April 1795 Regiment' and '1st September 1795 Army'. The Peninsular Roll Call lists Robert of the 92nd foot. Notes on Wellington's Peninsular Regiments 92nd Regiment of Foot Gordon Highlanders states on the 5th May 1811 Captain Dunbar slightly wounded. Robert later became a major in 92nd Highlanders.

Returning to the birth at Alphington Lodge, this seems to be Robert (of Marchermore Castle) Nugent Dunbar b. 1798 d. 1866 possibly married Annette Ellen Singleton Atcheson.

A record shows Captain Samuel Ashmore of the Royal Marines died at Alphington Lodge on the 27th November 1813 aged 33.

In February 1811 Samuel of the ship Hibernia discovered Ashmore Reef at the Ashmoor and Cartier Islands, territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean.

An obituary records on 12th January 1815 at Alphington Lodge the death of the wife of Hugh Lumsden Esq. Advocate Edinburgh, daughter of Alexander Brebner Esq. Aberdeen.

Mrs Hugh Lumsden was Frances Brebner and she married Hugh in 1813 in Aberdeen they had one daughter Christina they lived in Pitcaple Castle Aberdeen.


Alphington Lodge
Photograph Copyright © Rowena Kirkpatrick

James Miller was recorded as living in Alphington Lodge in 1828. An obituary record states '25th September 1835 at the house of her brother-in-law James Miller Esq., Alphington, Belinda second daughter of the late Capt. Wm Kempthorne of Falmouth'. From Alphington burial records: James Miller December 1835 aged 66; Elizabeth or Harriet Kempthorne 23rd May 1828 aged 37; William Kempthorne 8th April 1835 aged 53; Belinda Kempthorne 25th September 1835; Kempthorne 1835 aged 49.

An obituary record shows on the '8th October 1842 aged 55 Elizabeth Buckingham [Shepherd] wife of Samuel Saville Shepherd Esq. of Alphington Lodge'. Samuel married Elizabeth Buckingham Miller in 1837 at St. Thomas.

In 1857 and 1861 records show the Webster family were the residents, in 1861 John H. Webster aged 55 fundholder, Euphemia wife aged 40, their children Margaret A. aged 13, Mary Ann aged 11, Euphemia aged 8, John S. aged 6, Edith aged 3, Maud aged 1. Their staff were Amelia Gill aged 49 governess, Margaret Fuell aged 41 cook, Susan Phillips aged 24 house maid, Blanch Hodgson aged 19 house maid.

In 1864 Frederick Saunders and his family were recorded as residents.

Records from 1866, 1878-1879, 1881 and 1883 state Thomas Norrish and his family resided at the Lodge, from 1881 Thomas Norrish aged 68 retired farmer, Sarah A. aged 57 wife and their staff Sarah J Brown aged 26 cook, Eliza A. Tucker aged 25 domestic servant.

Records from 1891, 1893 and 1901 show Rev. Samuel Powning Coldridge BA and his family as the residents, in 1891 Samuel P. Coldridge 64 retired minister Church of England, Katherine aged 48 wife, Amy Beatrice aged 19 daugher, Mabel Carter aged 19 visitor and their staff Mary Smith aged 30 cook. Katherine was Samuel's second wife who he married in September 1884.

From a sale poster dated 2nd September 1902 'Sale of 8 acres of meadow and young grass at Alphington Lodge. Hussey and Sons Auctioneers'.

Dr R. N. Craig and his family were living at the Lodge in 1938 where in October the opening meet of The Stoke Hill Beagles took place. During the Second World War Alphington Lodge was the ARP Headquarters. The Craig family were also recorded at Alphington Lodge in 1946 and 1949.

Alphington Lodge in 1922

Built of stuccoed stone with slated roof, approached by a carriage drive through its own grounds, commanding magnificant views.
Top floor: spacious landing and passage room, five well-proportioned bedrooms, bathroom with bath (h+c) WC and principal and secondary staircases.
Ground floor: entrance, inner and lounge halls, drawing room with french windows leading to conservatory, dining room, morning room, study or smoking room, WC and lavatory with lavatory basin h+c.
Sub-ground floor: kitchen with range, scullery with sink (h+c), servants hall, larder, laundry with furnace and boiler and extensive wine and beer cellars.
The stabling within a closed yard including loose box, coach house or garage with inspection pit, harness room, loose box and stall with loft over, harness room and coal cellar. Coachman's or gardener's cottage.
Beautifully timbered grounds including carriage drive, large croquet or tennis lawn, shrubbery, walled rose garden and heated vinery and a small forcing house, a fruit and vegetable garden and rich park like meadow, the whole extending in area to 4a 1r 16p.
The property was held by Mr G. Lee. Residence and ground in the occupation of Miss Merrick and the pasture field occupied by Mr G Denis.


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