Bramshill House or Anchor Brewery?:
|Is this Bramshill House and which one of the seated persons is
Thomas Barnes? Is he one of the young lads as Thomas was an errand boy
The 1861 census shows that Thomas was a 'servant' in Swallowfield - aged 22 - and perhaps this is consistent with the chap with the moustache? However this photograph is not in the early 'carte de viste' format so would not date from the 1850's or 1860's. It was not possible to identify any building at Bramshill, so this photograph was most likely taken in the mid-to-late 1870's at the rear of the Anchor Brewery in Dorset Road, Stockwell as Thomas lived in nearby Henry Street (later renamed to Cobbett Street). This photograph was probably originally held by Elizabeth Freda Victoria Barnes - "Aunt Freda" and the reference to 'Grandad' would correctly refer to Thomas Barnes.
|Bramshill House is reputed to be haunted - allegedly by fourteen ghosts. One such ghost is the Legend of the Mistletoe Bough which tells of the bride who on her wedding day plays hide and seek and hides in an old chest in the attic and finding herself trapped, suffocates to death. The story is that she wanders the house to this day looking for someone to release her. Bramshill House was built by Baron Edward La Zouche (1556-1625) and was used as a police college from 1953 to 2013 (and as at 2019 is for sale for £10,000,000). The current building dates back to 1605 - although some of the original outbuildings have since been demolished. It is planned to return the building to being a single family residence with ten reception rooms, ten bedrooms, a cinema, gym and disco. Much of the Bramshill House estate land has been sold for housing development.