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Document Held: DRO Exeter
The town mills were conveyed to Holdsworth by Pollexfen and Julian his wife which Julian was the widow of – Roope. By lease 161 Ambrose Roope granted to the Town the water from Ford Meadow to the conduit in the Churchyard.
Between:- Arthur Holdsworth
Mayor, Bailiffs and Burgesses of Borough
Paid £450 to AH by Mayor, Bailiffs and Burgesses of Borough for 2 corn or water grist mills and 1 malt mill together with the mill pool and a certain Kay (quay) lately erected by – (sic) Wills late of Stoke Fleming yeoman deceased on north side on or near the Foss.
Also garden and stable at North ford at head of the Mill Pool and 2 closed of land or meadow at North Ford one on North side and one on South side of a close called North Ford which belong to the Mills litter (sic) together with mills, mill pool and 2 closed occupied by Richard Toms then John Ching then in possession of Cornelius Hayne Esq deceased.
There is a record of the land being leased from Mr. Henry P.Seale and others to a Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 1867, a conveyance from William Smith to Ralph Richardson in 1873, then conveyed to the Rev. John Aldous in 1880.
Three other villas were built about 1870 in the area, Redwalls, Ashleigh and Rook House. However Swinnerton Lodge dates from about 1830, and Boringdon (formerly Townstal Villa and Bexley) from about 1850.
The list of Conveyances shows various owners and lessees from 1936 to 1988, including Mr. Williams, Lt.Comm. and Mrs. Bryer (Fryer ?), Emily Linsdell, Mr. and Mrs. F.Baker, Sansum Investments, Mr. J.Pedersen, Mr. and Mrs. Pedersen and Mr. Hawke. During this time the house became a hotel. Mrs. Baker also mentions a Mr. Legge and a Mr. Royle (who named the hotel the Royal House Hotel) as later owners. In 2000 Mrs. Baldwin renamed the hotel as Barrington House Hotel.
Most recent information may not be up to present date.
It can be viewed by arrangement with Dartmouth Museum.
Document Held: DRO Exeter
Arthur Hunt, Redlap, Stoke Flemin – Merchant
Arthur Howe Holdsworth, Mt Galpine House, Dartmouth – Esquire
Rev Rob Holdsworth, Brookhill – Clerk
Hy Holdsworth, Hardness House – Esquire
Edmund Pollexfen Bastard, Kitley House
Mayor, Bailiffs and Burgesses of Borough of Darmouth
John Oldreive, Landcombe, Blackawton – Land Surveyor (nominated by and in trust for AH Holdsworth
Lease and release of 22 October 1772, Borough of Dartmouth to Thomas Taylor Esq. Sum of forty ______ (sic) punds paid by John Oldreive ___ for all that palace or courtlage and yard with the cellars and lofts and storehouses at Hardnesse which extend from the street to the water eastward as far as the eastside of the Pallace formerly of Arthur Champernowne Esq, 34 feet from the palace to the South and bounded by the lands of Arthur Champernowne Esq on North, the water on East, a small plot belonging to Parish of Townstal and the slip belongin to the Corporation on South and the street on West. All this property to John Oldreive from 25 March 1833 for 79 years on Trust for AH Holdsworth, rent of 5 shillings 4 times a year.
Plus seals and signatures.
A history of Dartmouth Castle c 1915 with extracts from other publications. PDF file.
Written by Dorothy Love who as a child would often sit with her grandmother in the ticket office.