A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode
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From Rupert Peploe:
I was interested to read the article on Suffolk Lawn originally researched by Brian Torode and noticed that the numbering of various houses had changed over the years.
I am trying to establish which house in Suffolk Square my ancestor Captain Peploe lived in prior its sale by him in 1845. In the Newspaper sale particulars the house, No 2 Suffolk Square, is described as detached and so it is clearly not the same house that goes by that name today. Captain Peploe’s mother Ann Webb and his unmarried sister Ann were living at the house in 1841 according to the census of that year, and Mrs Webb died in the house in 1846 according to her will. Captain Peploe had changed his surname from Webb to Peploe on inheriting from a wealthy uncle in Herefordshire in 1845.
I was wondering if you had any idea how the original numbering of Suffolk Square was organised? It has occurred to me that perhaps the old Suffolk House was No 1 in which case No 2 could be the house now called Raynsford. However the Merritt map in your article shows a driveway in front of this house and no sign of stables to the rear although I suppose these could have been added later.
If you are able to help in any way I would be very grateful.
I now suspect the house I am interested in is No 13 Suffolk Square now called Acton House. I managed to download the 1885 OS map of Suffolk Square and it seems to be the only detached house that fits the description and also the stable block at the back which has been rebuilt is still called No 2 Suffolk Square as far as I can tell. In the OS map there seems to be a range of glass houses out the back but they do not appear in earlier but less detailed maps.
I would be interested to hear your views and with many thanks once again for your help.
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