Sunday, 26 August 2012

JCR now and then

JCR now and then by Boxbrownie3
JCR now and then, a photo by Boxbrownie3 on Flickr.
James Cholmeley Russell died 100 years ago - 29th August 1912 at Haslemere. He lies with his wife Eleanor Russell and next to his mother in law Catherine Elizabeth Broome. Upper picture shows flowers on JCR's grave placed there in memory of him and his wife on 29th August 2012 by the blogger

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Longdene House Haslemere - more information

Longdene House
The previous owner of Longdene House was the Rev W E Jackson and it was offered for sale in 1906  with J Cholmeley Russell Esq purchasing it on the 15th March.
In March 1912 the house was offered for sale by auction, several months before JCR died in the August but the property was still for sale in October by his widow Mrs Cholmeley Russell.

The property was finally sold in September 1920.

In 1915 the property consisted of:
  • 4 Reception Rooms
  • Billiard Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Stabling for 3 horses
  • Garage for 2 cars
  • Main drainage
  • Stone Built Residence
  • Private water supply
  • Gas throughout
  • Gardener’s Cottage
  • Laundry
  • About 5 acres pleasure grounds. Tennis and croquet Lawns
  • Kitchen garden
The Total area of the estate including Sturt Farm was 55 3/4 acres.
The sale particulars said that it would be sold in 2 Lots, the  House and Grounds etc of 36 acres 2 Roods 27 poles and & Sturt Farm with 18 acres 1 Rood 33 poles
Longdene Road was one of the first roads to be developed up on the south of Haslemere because the water supply which gravity-fed the town was piped/pumped up there in the very late 1800s from the Pile Well in Lower Street.
Source: Curator: Julia Tanner  - Haslemere Museum and the ledgers of Haslemere estate agents - Cubitt and West.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

40 Russell Square Bloomsbury

40 Russell Square Bloomsbury London

James Cholmeley Russell was born here at 40 Russell Square Bloomsbury in 1841. The terrace, in the south east corner, is now occupied by offices of the British Museum and at some stage in the past No. 40 has been subsumed into numbers 39 and 41. The location of the former front door can be identified by the fan of stone blocks over the curved window in the middle of the photograph. See photograph below

For a view of the terrace and number 40 in 1956 and in the process of being re-built see the London County Council Photograph Library at collage.cityof london and below 

40 Russell Square in 1956 © City of London

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Russell's restoration in sight

Russell at Dinas with Gowrie in NWNGR days
copyright K A C R Nunn
The restoration of Russell, the Hunslet built 106 year old narrow gauge steam locomotive is now in sight. Originally built for the abortive Portmadoc Beddgelert & South Snowdon Railway it was then acquired by North Wales Narrow Gauge Railways that ultimately became the Welsh Highland Railway.
The locomotive's owners the Welsh Highland Railway Ltd announced on Saturday 17th March that the proposal put forward by Alan Keef Engineering Ltd to complete the overhaul andrestoration of the locomotive had been accepted and the contract awarded to them. Discussions will now take place with Keef’s in order to transfer the locomotive to their works at Ross-on-Wye as soon as is convenient in order for work to commence as soon as possible. Funds are still required to ensure completion.

Russell Fundraising Appeal here

Alan Keef Ltd web site here

Sunday, 18 March 2012