Radcliffe House

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Radcliffe House
General information
Address199 Sedlescombe Road North
Postal CodeTN37 7EU
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Admin. Information
Electoral/Planning WardSILVERHILL Pre May 2018

The first record of Radcliffe House in the press is in 1875, when a birth announcement for a daughter born to Mr. G. B. Clement's wife[1]. A pony is offered for sale from this address and that of 4 South Colonnade in 1888, possibly a business address of the occupant[2]. At this time, 4 South Colonnade is occupied by Mr. Henry Parks, a butcher, who was known for running agricultural shows during this period. In 1889, there then appear a number of advertisements for a cook, with with the name of Mrs. Parks being given as the respondent[3]

By 1903, there appears an occupant by the name of Mr. Eley, who advertised for an apartment in the Ashford area[4]. In 1906, there then appears a record of the secretary of the local branch of Dr. Barnardo's Children's Homes, a Mrs. Forrester[5]. Between 1928 and 1938, much of the frontage of Sedlescombe Road North had been filled with housing, removing the previous isolation in which the building originally stood[6], and to the rear, King Edward Avenue in 1937[7]. A garage was added to the property by Mr. W. H. Young during 1923[8], possibly in response to the increased crowding on the street-scene. Mrs. Young then listed a vacancy for a house-keeper to cater for a family of three in 1939[9]

Becoming a girls school known as the Radcliffe House School under the tutelage of L. M. Spiers during 1946[10]; this giving rise to some concerns about the situation of a bus stop near the school in St Helen's Road[11], the Bal Edmund School for Girls and Kindergarten moved into Radcliffe House in 1954[12]. In the same year, Bal Edmund school reverted to its former name of 'The Orchard School', specialising in speech training[13]. Interspersed with the schools, there is a note of an Executor's request for creditors of Mr. John Arthur Ellis, who died on the 19th of March 1953 whilst being registered as living at the property[14] The building was demolished and re-developed into Radcliffe Close

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