Rous Road - the Queensberry Estate
Chapman's Map of Newmarket 1768
As detailed on its web page the Red Lion Inn closed sometime around 1820, though as noted in the newspaper report below it was still standing in 1855.
| Wednesday 23 May 1855,
Bury and Norwich Post
TWO NEWLY ERECTED FREEHOLD HOUSES & SHOPS,
WITH PLATE GLASS FRONTS,
Desirably situated for Business, in the High-street, near the Public Hall.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Mr, E. FIEST,
At the White Hart Hotel, Newmarket, on Monday, May 28th, 1855, at Seven for Eight o'clock in the Evening precisely, by direction of the Proprietor.
ALL those TWO newly-erected brick-and-slated DWELLING HOUSES and SHOPS, situate and being at the East End of the Town of Newmarket, in the Parish of All Saints, in the County of Cambridge, abutting North on the Public-street, South on part of the Estate of the Marchioness of Hertford, East on houses now or late belonging to Mrs. Levett, and West on premises formerly used as an Inn, called the " Red Lion," as the said Dwelling Houses, Shops, and Premises, with the appurtenances theruneto belonging, are now in the several occupations of Mr. Samuel Howlett and Mr. Wm. Turner, Boot and Shoe Makers, at a Rental of £40 per annum.
Part of the Purchase-money may remain on mortgage.
The above very desirable Houses and Shops have been substantially erected, and fitted up by the present proprietor at considerable cost within the last three years. The Fixtures, which are all modern and of the most useful character, will be included in the purchase. There is a pump of excellent water, which is used in common with the tenants of the adjoining property. Further particulars may be known on application to Mr. William Cripps Kitchener, Solicitor; or to the Auctioneer, Imperial Fire and Life Offices, High-street, Newmarket.
|Tuesday 03 January 1882, Bury and Norwich Post
The Queensberry Estate. - It is stated that Sir Richard Wallace has decided upon laying out and cutting up his Queensberry Estate, at Newmarket, for building purposes.
They include two estates, one at either end of the town, so that persons wishing to reside near the race-course or near the railway can have their choice.
As the town of Newmarket extends, these estates will become incorporated with it. The architect entrusted by Sir R. Wallace with the laying out of the estate is Mr. R. A. Came, of 27, Mecklenburg-square.
Rous Hospital Postcard 20th December 1904
Many thanks to Roger Newman for the above postcard.
Astley Institute c. 1905
Many thanks to 'Old
Newmarket' for the above photo.
Rous Road Shops - 2nd May 2015
- From details in the deeds for one of the properties in Rous Road it's known that the original conveyance of the land by Sir Richard Wallace for commencement of building was 25th March 1882, this being on the basis of a 99 year lease.
- The 1885 map below shows that on the northern side Belvoir House - No.1 Rous Road, Bute House - No.3 Rous Road and Rous Chambers - No.7 Rous Road had been built (hover over the map above for the location of the houses detailed here), as had Denson Terrace - No.15-27 Rous Road and Edith Villa Stables - No.29 Rous Road. On the southern side upto No. Heath Villas - No.14 Rous Road and Beaufort Cottage - No.34 Rous Road were present (see below for futher details of this property).
- By the 1891 census the northern side of the road had been completed upto No.4 Edith Villas - No.37 Rous Road. The southern side of the road was built upto No.4 Heath Villas - No.16 Rous Road.
- No. 7 Edith Villas - No.43 Rous Road was leased by Dame Amelia Julie Charlotte Wallace to John Smith (landlord of the Waggon & Horses pub at that time), on 29th May 1896.
- The whole of the northern side had been completed by 1901, as had most of the southern side, leaving the two pairs of semi-detached Edwardian villas - Stanley Villa, Dunmore House, Aragon and Havenside - No.26-32 Rous Road to be built in 1907.
- The re-numbering of the houses to their present scheme happened on 2nd July 1953.
- From the building deeds as detailed above its known that when this particular house in Rous Road was purchased in 1973 it was still leasehold and the estate at that time was still held by the executors of Sir John Edward Arthur Murray Scott. Purchase of the freehold for this house was in 1978 ... this does raise the question as to whether some of the properties are still part of the estate of Sir John Edward Arthur Murray Scott(?) - if anyone can answer this question please E-MAIL me.
Rous Road 15th May 1912
Thomas H. Gould, Wine Stores, Belvoir House - No.1 Rous Road
Many thanks to Roger Newman for the above postcards.
Thomas Henry Gould was a wine merchant in Belvoir House from at least
1911 until after 1936 and many can remember J.G Linford's Wine Merchants
being there, particularly the son Barry, who also used Edith Villa Stables
further along at No.29 Rous Road as his wine store.
As shown in the photo below Corney & Barrow can be found there now.
So from the Red Lion Inn through to Corney & Barrow there's a long history of wine merchants at this location and it's believed that the cellars in Belvoir House may actually be part of the original Inn - if anyone has any further information about this please E-MAIL me.
| Tuesday 17 April 1883,
Bury and Norwich Post
Building Operations.- In all parts of the town extensive building operations are being carried on. The new road called Rous-road, leading from the High-street, and which will eventually be carried through to the Upper Station-road, is assuming quite a populous appearance. In the Upper Station-road, the imposing row of shops are nearly completed, some in fact are let, and the tenants are filling the windows with their goods. Further on in the same road the foundations of new houses are being laid. At the south end of the town the Queensberry estate is undergoing extensive alterations. A road has been laid through from the High-street to the road leading to Dullingham, and on all sides preparations are being made for building. When the new road, now being laid by the Jockey Club to Exning is completed, building in proximity to it will follow on a large scale. On every side undeniable evidence is given of the rapid growth of the town.
| Tuesday 04 September 1883,
Bury and Norwich Post
Mr. J. Flatman laid plans before the board for new stables for Mr. Saich, opposite the Horse-shoes inn ; these were handed to Mr. Holland to look over.
- The Surveyor reported that in Buckley-terrace there were eight houses and shops, Denson-terrace eight houses, and on the Rous-road two houses, with only one well to supply water.
- The deputy -clerk said Mr. Came informed him there were five inexhaustible wells.
- The board were of opinion they should have a report as to the available supply.
- Mr. Came sent a letter to the board, enclosing a copy of a letter he had sent to a paper on the water supply on the Queensbury estate, and asking that it might be entered upon the minutes.
- The board took no notice of the communication, but were disposed to stop him proceeding with the buildings untill the plans were passed.
|Tuesday 20 July 1886, Bury and Norwich Post
- At the last meeting of the Local Board, present, Mr. G. F. Peck (chairman), Messrs. S. Quince, C. Diver, F. L. Ruse, and J. Button (clerk), the Clerk read a letter from Mr. R. A Came, referring to his recent conversation with the board's committee, as to Rous and Lisburn roads.
He now reminded the board that many tenants in the above roads paid heavily to the rates without receiving any benefit in the way of watering, lighting, &c.
The roads had been well made, sewered and kerbed, and the only question now was as to the paving of the footpaths and channelling.
To avoid the inconvenience of some parts being paved and some not, at the option of the lessees, he suggested that the board should do the work, entering into an agreement with the lessees for the payment of their respective portions of the cost.
The Clerk said whether they took over the road as a public highway or not the board had power to compel the owners to do the paving and channelling.
- Mr. Ruse did not see why the ratepayers should be put to the expense of improving this property, when the owners were the proper parties to do it.
- Mr. Diver said Mr. Imrie took notes of a conversation they had had with Mr. Came.
- It was therefore decided to postpone the subject until particulars as to the interview were heard from Mr. Imrie.
- Plans for eleven houses in Rous-road, were forwarded by Mr. Came, but as they had not been received in time for examination by the Surveyor their consideration was postponed.
|Tuesday 08 April 1890, Bury and Norwich Post
NEWMARKET LOCAL BOARD. The usual meeting was held at the clerk's office on Monday week there were present : - Mr. C. Diver (chairman), Rev. J. Imrie, Messrs. C. E. Hammond, J. Rogers, R. Rodrigo, S. Quince, G. H. Verrall, T. Jennings, sen., T. Ennion, J. Button (clerk), and J, Alexander (surveyor). The Rous-road. - The Clerk read a letter from Mr. R. A. Came, stating that he had intended erecting a barrier across Rous-road, but on hearing that the Board were taking steps to take over Rous and Lisburn-roads, he would like to have official intimation of the Board's intentions in the matter. - The letter contained an enclosure, in which Mr. Came stated that the objection which was raised to the plans he submitted to the Board by Mr. Stebbing had been withdrawn, and he wished to know if the Board would pass the plans and enable him to remove what was an eyesore to the town, and make an ornament instead. - The Clerk informed the Board that the plans deposited by Mr. Came had been removed by him, and read the letter sent to Mr. Came in September, 1888, which contained a copy of the minute, dated May, 1887, refusing to admit of any encroachment on the highway. - Mr. Rogers said it was very desirable to have the eyesore removed, and he would be inclined to meet Mr. Came half-way if no one was inconvenienced by it. - Mr. Jennings objected to any giving way to Mr. Came after the way in which he had treated the Board. - Mr. Ennion said that the best answer they could give would be to say that the Board had no plans before them, and that they had nothing to add to the communication of September, 1888. - This was seconded by Mr. JENNINGS, and carried unanimously, - In answer to the letter regarding the road, a discussion arose, in which Mr. ENNION stated that the Board were waiting for the Surveyor to produce the necessary plans and sections for the Clerk to serve notices on the owners of the property to put the roads in the proper repair that the Board might take them over. - The Surveyor produced the plan he prepared, which was found to be insufficient for the purpose required by Act of Parliament, and Mr. Rogers moved that the Surveyor be instructed to prepare plans and sections necessary under the Act to render the road in a state for the Board to take over. - This was carried.
|Tuesday 27 August 1895, Bury and Norwich Post
Neglecting to Abate a Nuisance. - Richard Adolphus Came, of 27, Mecklenburgh-square, London, was summoned for neglecting to abate a drainage nuisance at Came's-corner, Newmarket, of which he is the owner. - Defendant did not appear, but sent a builder to represent him. - Mr. J. W. Metcalf, surveyor to the Newmarket Urban District Council, appeared to prosecute, and detailed the history of the case. He said the drainage of the premises was not working properly, a portion of it had been re-laid at a higher level, thus blocking the drains above it, and converting what was intended as an inspection chamber only into a filthy cesspool, in which the sewage had to accumulate to a depth of nine inches before it could pass on to the public sewer. He now produced a plan of the drainage of the premises, and explained to the Bench the matters of which he complained. He was then sworn to formally prove the case. He said he was a member of the Sanitary Institute, and Inspector of Nuisances to the Urban District Council. On the 5th June he examined the premises and found a nuisance to exist, the inspection chamber having a deposit of sewage in it. He wrote to Mr. Came and received a reply complaining of the flooding of the premises owing to the insufficient capacity of the public sewer. Mr. Came also said no drains led into the chamber, but the deposit there was caused by back-wash from the sewer. He pointed out, however, that two drains led into the chamber, so that Mr. Came was under a misapprehension as to the plan of his own drainage. He reported the matter to the Council, and nothing having been done to abate the nuisance, these proceedings were, ordered. Everything had been done to induce defendant to abate the nuisance, which was a serious matter as the Stetchworth Dairy Company had a close connection with these premises, and they retailed milk all over the district. The nuisance had been continuing from June 5th up to the previous day, and he asked the Bench for a peremptory order for its abatement. - The man who appeared for Mr. Came, said he had to admit the nuisance and defendant's liability. He was the man who laid the drains, and defendant instructed him a fortnight ago to attend to this matter, but he had been unable to leave London before, owing to a contract with the London County Council. The work was now in progress, and would be completed this week. - The Bench found that the complainant's case was made out, but they adjourned their decision for a fortnight in order to see if the work was carried out to the satisfaction of the Surveyor.
|Tuesday 10 September 1895, Bury and Norwich Post
The Work Done. - The only case before the Bench was the adjourned summons against Richard Adolphus Came of London for not abating a nuisance at Came's Corner Chambers, Newmarket, which had been adjourned, as defendant's representative stated on the last occasion that the necessary work had been commenced.- It was stated that the work had now been carried out to the satisfaction of the Surveyor to the Urban District Council, except one small item which was in progress. - The case was further adjourned for a fortnight, it being understood that if defendant paid the costs, 12s., in the meantime there would be no conviction against him.
As can be seen below the infamous drain in the road, the square guttering on the
right-hand wall, and the steps leading up in into the Stetchworth
Dairy shop, visible in the above photo can still be seen in
front of Balmforth Estate Agents (what was previously Generous Pizzas
and before that Stan's grocery shop) -
No.4 Rous Road.
No.4 Rous Road 2014
Came's Buildings 2014
- Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch
Newmarket Urban District Council Records
Reference EF 506
- Studio, Rous Rd, for W.H. Hopkins (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/A2 Oct 1883
- Beaufort Cottage, Rous Rd, for R.A. Came (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/A15 May 1884
- Three houses, Upper Station Rd (Rous Rd Corner), for Wilkes Brothers (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/B28 Jun 1884
- Trolley shed for Stetchworth Dairy, Rous Rd, for R.A. Came (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/G24 Mar 1895
- Conversion of studio into shop, Rous Rd, for R.A. Came (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/G25 Mar 1894
|Saturday 21 May 1898, London Standard
NEWMARKET.- Sale by Auction of the valuable Leasehold Residences, occupying a pleasant and important position between the G.E.R. Station and High-street, known as 1, 2, 3, and 4, Heath Villas, Beaufort Villa and Beaufort Studio, and the Stetchworth Dairy, and Hammond’s Workshops, of a total rental of £309 per Annum. Also the valuable Residential Building Sites, with frontages to Rous Road, held on lease for an unexpired term of 83 years.
GERMAN, SON, and BEVEN will SELL the Above by AUCTION, at the Rutland Arms Hotel, Newmarket, on Monday, May 23, 1898, at three o'clock in the afternoon precisely.- Particulars of sale may be had from Messrs. Roberts and Way, architects and surveyors, Newmarket: Messrs. Fisher, Jesson, and Wilkins, solicitors, Ashby-de-la-Zouch ; and from German, Son, and Beven, land agents and surveyors, 59 and 60, Chancery-lane, London. W.C.
Came's Corner Chambers - Rutland Chambers 2014
- Three houses, Rous Rd, Queensberry Estate, for J.R. Denson (John Flatman) EF 506/6/1/A9 6 Mar 1884
- Stables at Primrose Villa, Rous Rd EF 506/6/1/A11 Apr 1884
- Orlando Villa, Rous Rd, for John Flatman (J. Flatman) EF 506/6/1/A12 Apr 1884
- Four houses, Rous Rd, for J. Smith (Percy Holland) EF 506/6/1/J112 Sep 1892
- Sky sign, western coping of Beard's warehouse, Rous Rd, for Edward Beard EF 506/6/1/J145 1901
- Bathroom, Orlando Villa, Rous Rd, for John Flatman (John Flatman) EF 506/6/1/3/105 Feb 1898
- Two villas, Rous Rd, for J. Smith EF 506/6/1/3/118 nd
- Two houses, Rous Rd, for J. Smith EF 506/6/1/3/122 Mar 1898
- Lock-up shop, house and builders premises, Rous Rd, for Mr Ison (Roberts & Way) EF 506/6/1/4/179 Mar 1899
- Additions to Euclid Cottages, Rous Rd, for H. Shaw EF 506/6/1/5/245 (1900)
- Additions to 2 Crescent Villas, Rous Rd, for F.G. Postans (F.G. Postans) EF 506/6/1/9/151 Apr 1903
- Temporary carriage shed, stable yard, Rous Rd, for Mrs Saich EF 506/6/1/11/275 Mar 1906
- Temporary engine shed, Rous Rd, for H.W. Game & Co (John Flatman) EF 506/6/1/11/279 Apr 1906
- Pair of semi-detached villas, Rous Rd, for the executors of W.E. Ison (John G. Gibb) EF 506/6/1/12/305 Mar 1907
- Erection of four villas, Rous Rd, for the executors of Edward Ison (J.G. Gibb) EF 506/6/1/12/311 May 1907
- Alterations to garage, Rous Rd, for T. Barling EF 506/6/1/16/547 Feb 1920
- Conversion of Beaufort Studio into living premises and studio, Rous Rd, for C.J. Brownlow (L.E. Cole) EF 506/6/1/18/619 Aug 1922
- Additions to drainage, fish shop, Rous Rd, for W.E. Tanner (L.E. Cole) EF 506/6/1/18/628 Oct 1922
- Extension to scullery, Percy Villa, Rous Rd, for Mrs Lane EF 506/6/1/20/725 Dec 1925
Wood engraving by John Flatman, 1870
Wood engraving by John Flatman, 1870
Orlando Villa 2014
- The offices and domestic quarters for the manager of the gasworks in Exning Road (later Mr. Snow, the Grammar School Headmaster's house) in 1884.
- Banking premises for Foster & Co (later Lloyds Bank), No.46-48 High Street in 1894.
- Alterations to Holland House, No.61 High Street in 1897.
- Alterations to Camden House, No.69-73 High Street in 1892 and 1900.
- Alterations to Palace shop (Goldings), No.67 High Street in 1902.
- Alterations to Kingston House, Kingston Passage No.85 High Street in 1902.
- Conversion of stables into a garage for the Crown Hotel, No.26-28 High Street in 1905.
- Building conversion to a Garage for Ernest Crisswell at No.170-176 High Street in 1907.
- The Cattle market, rear of Waggon and Horses, No.34-36 High Street in 1913.
- The entrance gateway and gates at Abington Place Stables - No.42-44 Bury Road, built for Martin Gurry in 1895, now a listed property.
- House, Falmouth Avenue, for John Watts (John Flatman) EF 506/6/1/7/55 Oct 1900
- Saddle room, Falmouth Paddocks, The Row, for J. Watts (John Flatman) EF 506/6/1/6/14 (1900)
- Earth closet, Falmouth Paddocks, for John Watts (John Flatman) EF 506/6/1/6/33 Jan 1901
- Hack stable, groom's cottage and carriage house, Falmouth Avenue, for J. Watts (John Flatman) EF 506/6/1/J136 Jan 1902
Garage & Fire Station Rous Road pre 1930s.jpg
Many thanks to Peter Norman for the above photo.
The Fire Station in Rous Road during WWII
Many thanks to 'Old Newmarket' and Bill Mclean for the above photo.
Previous to moving to Rous Road the Fire
Station had been in Albion
Street in the Rookery.
Gravestone of Helen Cartwright (neé Dawson)
Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XVI, Issue 5491, 4th June 1889
|Friday 28 February 1890, Lancashire Evening Post
At the London Court of Bankruptcy, yesterday, an application for an order of discharge was made Arthur Henry Barker, a jockey, late Duke-street, [Piccadilly] and Totis, Hungary. The debtor attributed his insolvency wholly to a liability for £1,000 damages and £5O costs upon a judgment recovered him in April last, in action for breach of promise of marriage at the suit of Miss Constable, of Epsom. The Official Receiver did not oppose the application, but on behalf of Miss Constable it was submitted that the bankrupt ought not be white-washed without paying a shilling.
Evening Express 25th November 1903
- Additions to Rous Memorial Hospital, Upper Station Rd (W.C. & A.S. Manning) EF 506/6/1/10/245 Aug 1890
- Drainage at Rous Memorial Hospital, for [? the Hospital Committee] (W.C. & A.S. Manning; Dent & Hellyer, Newcastle St, Strand, London WC) EF 506/6/1/H97 Jan 1894
- Alterations to Rous Memorial Hospital, Upper Station Rd, for the Hospital Committee (W.C. & A.S. Manning) EF 506/6/1/2/75 Oct 1897
- Additions to the Rous Memorial Hospital, Upper Station Rd, for the Trustees (Joseph G. Oatley, 48 Denton Rd, Hornsey, London) EF 506/6/1/10/224 Jun 1905
- Alterations and additions, Rous Memorial Hospital, Old Station Rd, for the Stewards of the Jockey Club (W.H. Brierley, York) EF 506/6/1/16/501 Mar 1915
- Stablemen's Institute, Vicarage Rd, for the Jockey Club (W.C. & A.S. Manning) EF 506/6/1/H73 Nov 1892
- Four cottages, Lisburn Rd, for H.R. Swain (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/A6 Jan 1884
- Sixteen houses, Lisburn Rd, for H.R. Swain (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/B19 Aug 1884
- Four cottages, Lisburn Rd, for H.R. Swain (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/B24 Dec 1884
- Four houses, 17-20 Lisburn Rd, for H.R. Swain (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/B32 nd
- House in Lisburn Rd, for Mrs Ann Bloss (Heaton & Gibb) EF 506/6/1/G6 Nov 1895
- Police station, Lisburn Rd, for West Suffolk County Council (F. Whitmore, Chelmsford) EF 506/6/1/G35 May 1896
- Ten houses, Lisburn Rd, Queensbury Estate, for G.B. Douglass (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/G44 1890-1892
- Two villas, corner of Vicarage Rd and Lisburn Rd, for Mr Kett (R.A. Came, London) EF 506/6/1/H74 Oct 1893
- Workshop, rear of Rosa Cottages, Lisburn Rd, for Mrs Rosa Swain EF 506/6/1/7/95 May 1902
- Bay window, 10 Lisburn Rd, for Miss E. Jones EF 506/6/1/17/596 Oct 1921
- Drainage, 7 and 8, Lisburn Rd, for A.E. Parrett EF 506/6/1/19/654 Sep 1923
From all the above dates it's clear that the hospital, the institute
and Lisburn Road were all being constructed
during the same period as Rous Road. The planning details also
confirm that Lisburn Road was part of the Queensberry Estate and that
many of the houses were once again designed by R.A. Came.