Thursday, 4 March 2010

Worcester Park Lodge

Last year I brought you some rarely-seen aerial photographs of Worcester Park House in its glory days.

Blog reader Steve has been in touch to share his memories of 'Worcester Park Lodge' one of the out-buildings of Worcester Park House:"Here are a few photos I took in March 1993 on a visit to the Lodge, where my Nan and Grandad lived in for many years. By 1993 it had been empty for years and was boarded up.

They lived there with my Mum, her three sisters and one brother. I remember staying there for weeks in the summer holidays in the 1970's till early 80's, with loads of woods around to play in."

Quite what the future of 'Worcester Park Lodge' is remains to be seen. Planning permission for 'refurbishment' of the site was granted some time ago, and renewed again in 2008 but works have yet to take place.

11 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Bexx Bissell said...

Is the the building on Old Malden Lane, near the Adams Bristow yard?

Worcester Park said...

Yep, that's the one.

Andrew B said...

I used to cycle past this old house daily on my way to work in the late 1970s, as a teenager. I remember sometimes seeing an old fashioned man and an old fashioned woman about the place.
Presumably the current owner (Adams Bristow ???) have alloweed it to go to pot.
With its age and history it is a great shame that this has been allowed to happen.
I do hope it is ultimately sympathetically restored.

jeffers said...

Worcester Park Lodge used to be the stables of Worcester Park House and where the coachman lived. Then when the Wheeler sisters switched to a car it became the garage and home of the chauffeur.

The only other thing I know about the place is that during the war a number of cars were stored there. It is in a bit of a state, isn't it. With sympathetic renovation it could add character to the Lane, unlike those two new houses further along which are completely out of keeping with the surroundings.

Worcester Park said...

Andrew B - as much as I too hope that the lodge is sympathetically restored, the fact is that it is right next to those hideous industrial units. Unless the units are unsympathetically demolished, I can't see anyone wanting to take on the house, sadly.

Anonymous said...

My ex-husband and myself approached Adams Bristow in the late 80's and offered to buy the lodge from them - it was in a bad state even then. We had various discussions with their personnel but they refused the sale. The impression we were given was that they did not want anyone in there that would object to the yard behind - we even offered to sign a disclaimer but they still refused. We would have loved to have lived there and restored the house.

Ted Hicks said...

An ancestor of my wife, a Joseph Beckley was employed as a Domestic Coachman and lived in the lodge at the time of the 1881 Census. A pity it is being neglected.

Lucja said...

i was just wondering if anyone knew if this building is still up or if it has been demolished and renovated

David McDowell said...

Barney Wearne, who won the VC in WW1, lived here, or at least his parents did accortding to the CWGC. Found this site when googling the address.

JW said...

David, can you tell us the circumstances under which Barney Wearne won the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery?

guest said...

It may have been

Frank Bernard Wearne

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Frank Bernard Wearne

1 March 1894

Kensington, London

28 June 1917 (aged 23)


United Kingdom

British Army

Second Lieutenant

The Essex Regiment

World War I †

Victoria Cross

Frank Bernard Wearne VC (1 March 1894 – 28 June 1917) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Before joining the army he attendedBromsgrove School.[1] Wearne was 23 years old, and a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, The Essex Regiment, British Army, attached to 11th Battalion during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 28 June 1917 east of Loos, France,
Second Lieutenant Wearne, commanding a small party in a raid on the
enemy's trenches, had gained his objective in the face of fierce
opposition and managed to maintain his position against repeated
counter-attacks. Then, realising that if the left flank was lost his men
would have to give way, he leaped on to the parapet and followed by his
left section, ran along the top of the trench firing and throwing
bombs. While doing this he was severely wounded, but continued directing
operations until he received two more wounds, the second mortal.[2]

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