|Posted on November 14, 2012 at 1:10 AM|
From Webmaster. Wednesday, 14th November 2012.
I have recently been in contact with the owner of Newells - Mr Roy Goddard,.
I attach his latest E mail, which no doubt will be of interest to the members of the site.
Any information regarding the two Wells that he is trying to find will be welcome. Just send your ideas to me and I will forward them to him. I seem to vaguely remember that there was a water source in the kitchen gardens, but was it a Well ?
Mr. Goddard has very kindly forwarded two photos of the house and gardens which I have added to the photo gallery in the PG1 Section.
I saw the post and the picture of the fallen beech. It wasn’t a storm that blew it down, just old age. The night it happened was quite still, we heard this almighty thud. Next morning taking the dogs for a walk we realised what had happened. At the time the tree was in full leaf and unbalanced, the trunk was rotten and the sheer weight on one side caused it to topple. It was estimated to be over 400 years old by several tree surgeons after my son in law posted pictures on the internet.
Sadly in our garden we have lost a very large Cedar of Lebanon and a big pine to lightening strikes. One of the other very old trees was also struck by lightning but has survived even though a big branch was blown out at the top and the trunk split. I have had tree surgeons brace it up with ratchet straps used to hold down loads on lorries.
Many of the old oaks, beeches and cherries that you remember in the woods below the property (Newells Rough, classified as ‘ancient woodlands’ were blown down in the ‘97 and ‘81 storms. Although replanted with small hardwoods by the Forestry Commission after a major clean up, they were not managed and rhododendrons and birch took over and it is like a jungle down there now. The upside is the wild life that now live there!
Over the years, but not recently, I have had several ‘old boys’ with their siblings visit to view the site, but there is very little left to see that reminds them of the school and its grounds
The site, after the fire, was acquired by an architect who broke it up and sold parts of the estate to finance the building of what is now my home, Newells. He bulldozed the old building and removed rubble filling in the vaults and cellars from the old building in the process. The swimming pool in the field above the property had holes punched in the bottom at the time and has been left for nature to take over. I would welcome any information as to location of the 2 wells that I was informed existed in the ‘olden days’ near the old house.
Saturday - 12.07.2014
I have just received this from Daniel Harewood which will no doubt throw some light onto the whereabouts of at least one of the wells.