An Historical A profile of Portslade House

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The history

Portslade House, placed not far from the Portslade Old Village, was in the middle of large, attractive gardens initially built in 1790 for Nathaniel Hall. Also, he owned substantial blocks of ground within the Portslade Village that he leased out as well as cultivated. He as well as his family members resided in Portslade House up until the mid-nineteenth century. Soon after Nathaniel Hall's departure, the real estate passed straight into the hands of his spouse and his children who in turn were living in Portslade for a long time. From that moment forwards, the home was leased to numerous occupants.

My grandfather and grandmother

Through the late 1880's my grandparents leased Portslade House to Mr F Gosset, an important retired Colonel from the Bengal Armed service, who shared a home in Portslade House together with his partner not to mention half a dozen little children. He and his wife took on a staff more than seven house helpers, not one but two landscapers as well as a horse-hand. Most notable was Agnes Russell, one of the several house helpers as well as Walter Baldock, a groomsman, who came to be my grandmother and grandfather. Walter Baldock and Agnes became married in the late nineteeth century and Agnes was no longer allowed to continue her employment in Portslade House. In the late nineteen twenties the happy couple lived at Ninety three Old Shoreham Road, Portslade. With the arrival of the motor vehicle, Walter's job as horse hand turn out to be obsolete and consequently he was then retained as a landscape gardener.

Real estate development throughout 1935

The house covered two spaces over the township, divided by just a road, High Street, which was spanned via a pedestrianised bridge that quickly grew to become known as Windlesham House School. From 1935 an area of the premises had been made available for property development and thus Windlesham Close as well as High Close came into being. Property construtor and building contractor Ray Edmonds from Downsview Road set out constructing the first semi-detatched two floor residences along the length of Windlesham.

Became a new boarding school around 1910s

In the year 1913, Portslade House dwelling happened to be sold.It was eventually bought by C R Malden, a school headmaster from Brighton, who previously had established his first boarding school in Ryde along the Isle of Wight. C R Malden loathed the name 'Portslade', associating it together with the Gas Works and also the Canal located in lower Portslade-by-Sea and as an alternative decided on a original address of Windlesham House School. Malden enlarged the establishments surrounding the house to house new scholars in addition to staff members not to mention purchased a chapel which was delivered to the school grounds during the late 1930s and consequently reassembled.