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History of Ash and Ridley from Earliest Records to 1957
                    
Compiled by Dorothy G. Meager on behalf of Ash and Ridley Women's Institute           Page 45

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Interesting Houses


Ash Manor House watercolour

Ash Manor House

This house is owned by Mrs Campbell now living in Melrose, Scotland. She also owns the Manor Estates which she inherited, with the house, from Major Gore Lambard. The house bears the date 1637 over the porch and was built by the Fowler family. The main building undoubtedly date from this time and is one of the best examples to be found of domestic architecture of the period. At the rear, however, are the remains of a much older building. In the scullery, with a little room above it, a relic

of the original Manor, is an old well 365 feet deep. In one room is to be seen painted panelling, with beautiful scroll work dating from the erection of the present building, while three powder closets are also panelled. Among the most recent tenants of this historic and picturesque house was the late Captain R.J. Benson who went down with his ship, the destroyer H.M.S. Exmouth, which was torpedoed in the early days of the 1939-1945 war.
   The present tenant is Brigadier R.M. Villers DSO

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