Ang Johnson

Lodge to Rock House, Grove Lane, Tettenhall Wood.

Rock House is now called "Duntally" and can be seen in the back of the picture.

Dr. T. E. Hastings lived in Duntally around 1942.  His practice was at 26 Waterloo Road.

Lodge/Gatehouse to Tettenhall Towers, Wood Road, Tettenhall

Tettenhall Towers was the home of Colonel Thomas Thorneycroft.  His father was G. B. Thorneycroft, ironmaster, of the Shrubbery and Swan gardens Ironworks in Walsall Street, which was established in 1857 and used the Emu brand.

Colonel Thorneycroft sold the ironworks and spent much of his time and money improving the Towers, probably including this gatehouse, which mimics the shape of the tower on the main house.

Compton Hill Lodge, The Holloway, Compton

This was the Lodge to the house known as Compton Hill.  The land to the house extended from Grove Lane down to the Swan Pub.  It included  Oakleigh and a few cottages. 

William and Mary E. Bruford lived here around 1900.  He was involved in mining of sand at Compton Holloway.  He may have been the W. Bruford owned Wolverhampton Brewery, Market St. Wolverhampton.  An advertisment of his company can be seen in Walsall Red Book 1876.
William Bruford died about 1923.  The house and land was sold in 1932 on the death of Mrs Mary E. Bruford.  It eventually became a housing estate. 

Bantock Park Estate Houses, Finchfield Road

The owner of Bantock House, Thomas Bantock, was born in Scotland, the son of a gamekeeper. 

A self-made man of great integrity, he came to Wolverhampton and thrived in the transport industry.  He took the tenancy of Bantock House about 1866 and bought it in 1885.

The estate houses have been sold and modernsied recently (2008).

The Lodge to Chequerfield House, Stubbs Road

The Lodge is at the top of Stubbs Road, near the Penn Road. 

Chequerfield House may have been named after the fruit of the wild service tree, which were known as chequers.  Victor Emmanuel Hickman lived in the house around 1901.

The house was demolished in the 1960s, and Chequerfield Drive is where it once stood.  Chequerfield Street is still there.

Wightwick Manor Lodge, Wightwick Bank

This medieval building was the original Wightwick Manor (and is now known as the Old Manor House).  When the present Manor was built by the Manders this building was restored and used as the lodge to the new Manor. 

The original Wightwick Hall had been held by the Wightwick family since the thirteenth century. Richard Wightwick was a co-founder of Pembroke College, Oxford. 

Wightwick Estate House, Bridgnorth Road, Wightwick

These were estate houses for Wightwick Manor.  The Manor was designed by Edward Ould and the interior had designs by William Morris, C. E. Kempe and L. G. Shaffrey.  It was built by Theodore Mander and completed about 1887.

Coach House at Oak Hill, Finchfield.

The coach house, facing Oak Hill, is part of the house facing Castlecroft Road. 

According to a plaque on the gate post the house was, in 1855, St. Catherine's Ladies Finishing School.

Lodge to Goldthorn Court, Goldthorn Hill

The lodge stands on the corner of Goldthorn Hill and Goldthorn Road. The house itself was behind the lodge on Goldthorn Road. Its site is now occupied by modern housing.

Tyninghame Cottages, Codsall Road, Tettenhall

According to residents, these were estate cottages to Tyninghame House, which still stands, at the end of Tyninghame Road, on the other side of Codsall Road.

Lodge at Highgrove Estate, Wood Road, Tettenhall

This is the Lodge/Gatehouse to what was a house called White Lodge.  An 1890 map shows White Lodge but as yet no lodge or outbuildings.  Later on, a 1913 map shows outbuildings built round a courtyard with a large carriage entrance facing the road.  They seem to be a lodge and stables.

The Highgrove Estate was built in 1985 and the houses and estate office around the courtyard seem to be built on the same footprint as the old courtyard.  The lodge, and what is now the estate manager's office,  seem to be the only parts of the old buildings which are now left.

The name Highgrove was selected by the first residents of the estate without intending any reference to the Grove, which was the old house to the East of White Lodge, on whose grounds Maythorn Gardens now stands.

In 1911 White Lodge was owned by Charles Shaw (born Theodore Frederick Charles Edward Shaw in 1859) who was managing director of John Shaw & Sons Ltd. of Wolverhampton, a member of Wolverhampton Council, a captain in the South Staffs Regiment, and Liberal MP for Stafford from 1892-1910. He lived there with his wife Emily, and became a baronet in 1908. He attended Tettenhall College and Balliol Oxford, and married Emily White Bursill in 1900 at St Marks, Piccadilly. They had two daughters, Vera Stafford Shaw and Brenda Winifred Shaw. They moved to Ascot (Charters) and then on to Harewood in Sunninghill, where he died in 1942 leaving £18,000 in his will. (I am indebted to information re Shaw from Julie (sassychassis.co.uk) which she discovered whilst researching past owners of her 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith). Thanks must also go to David Clare.

By 1922 a W. Jackson was living at White Lodge and by 1942 a Mrs Jackson is still living there.  Her daughter was a Mrs Norgrove.

Between 1968 and 1982 White Lodge was owned by John Charles Dennis Somerville and his wife, Patricia.   Mr. Somerville owned the Crown Nail Works in Commercial Road,  Wolverhampton, which was an offshoot of the family nail works in Scotland.  His father died at the age of 60 so Mr. Somerville decided to sell up in Scotland and move permanently to Wolverhampton .  They had three children and were very happy at White Lodge. The stables had a service cottage .  A swimming pool was built in this area.

Arthur White of Midland Counties Dairies lived round the corner in Ormes Lane and owned the land next to White Lodge on the corner of Wood Road and Ormes Lane.  On this land he built  The Folly;  according to Mrs. Somerville it was a very smart, cutting edge, one storey house.

Mr.  Somerville and Arthur White sold up at the same time.  White Lodge (the house) and the Folly were demolished;  the lodge and gatehouse were not demolished but incorporated into the new estate of Highgrove.  The Somervilles moved to Perton Ridge and Mr. Arthur White moved to Eynsham Court, Clifton Road, Tettenhall.

Mrs. Somerville has kindly sent me a copy of a painting of White Lodge which she had commissioned.  I am indebted to her for information about White Lodge

I am also indebted to Mr. A. Davies who first drew my attention to this lodge.

A painting of the White Lodge by C. C. Hall, 1972. Courtesy of Mrs Patricia Somerville.

Any further identifications of gatehouses and lodges in Wolverhampton would be gratefully received.  Please email me at:  stonechat44@btinternet.com

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