Prospect House, Park Road
Occupied in the 1880s by Mr H Staples. opposite was a big house wit extensive grounds, The Beeches, when the last owner left. c.1930 Beeches Avenue was built. The name of the last owner was Mr Finney.
(Guy Brighouse, 1987)
My mother who is now 95 lived in this house from the age of 5 (1921 ) approximately until she was 18 then the house was sold and the family moved to Bournemouth she remembers several large steps up to the frount door with metal railings along the front of the house.The window to the left of the house was the scullery three windows to the left of the front door she remembers two large cellars .
The windows to the upstairs right were the main bedroom with an adjoining bathroom
The head of the house hold was Harold Turner who married his second wife May Cadnam a local Lady.The children from his first wife Harriet Curtis who died in Canada where Thomas John William Eillen and my mother Hilda who lived at this address.The house name has remained the same making it easy to find!
Prospect house is thought to date back to the 1780s and it is understood that it was used as some of Customs and Excise house with Brandy and Liquor being stored in the large vaulted cellars. During the mid 1800s the house, adjoining cottage and the clad cottage were purchased by the Holbrook sisters who ran a private day and boarding school there for approximately 20 years. Architectural historians have suggested that the cellars could pre-date the existing house. The original property had a much larger garden with an orchard - remnants of this are still visible in the various apple trees dotted around the gardens backing onto the property.
I used to play in the cellars early 80s theres a well in one of them.
Mr thrower owned the house then and was somthing to do with the church.
I used to be a friend of his son .