I was contacted by Henk and Nel, with regard to their Smiths, who live in Haslemere, in a Grade 2 listed property known as Keffolds, with fantastic views of the South Downs to the rear.
Interestingly the land neighbouring the house was owned originally by Lord William James Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie, KP, PC (Ire) (31 May 1847 - 7 June 1924) who was the Chairman of Harland and Wolff between 1896 and 1924, the builders of the Titanic.
The actual land on which Keffolds was built was acquired from The Right Honourable Frederick Arthur Earl of Derby, Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter and others for £6.745 by a lady called Elena Marion Montgomerie, wife of Wilfred Henderson, Commander in the Royal Navy, who eventually retired as Rear Admiral. It was this couple who had Keffolds built in 1905.
Keffolds was then bought by Arthur Herbert Crow for £16,500 in 1920.
Mr Crow then sold the property in 1932 for £8850 to Florence Hutchinson. The Heirs to Florence Hutchinson sold the house in 1940 for £5,950 and in 1943 it was conveyed to Dr Bernados, the children's charity.
In 1959 the house was rented by Ockenden Venture to house some of the Vietnamese boat people. Ockenden Venture eventually bought the property in 1964.
In or around 1993 - 1994 the house was sold to developers who tastefully split Keffolds into 3 beautiful homes. The middle one now being owned by Henk and Nel.
Keffolds was therefore a childrens' home from 1943 until 1993.
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