Home Cottage, Mill Gardens

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Home Cottage, Mill Gardens

Postby Robert Tompkins » 30 Mar 2018 19:05

Hello,
My name is Robert Tompkins and new to this forum. I live in Medina, Ohio. My mother Catherine Baker, her brother Jack and sister Mary grew up in Home Cottage, Mill Gardens with their parents. If I'm not mistaken the house was built in 1844. I believe it has been in our family most if not all of those years. My mother married Eric Tompkins from Chelmsford around 1940. My parents and my sisters Barbara and Pauline then moved to Canada around 1949. My Aunt Mary passed away in January 2002 after the death of her brother Jack. We sold Home Cottage in 2003. My reason for writing is we have many photographs from the area and I would be happy to share if there is an interest.

Thank you.
Robert
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Re: Home Cottage, Mill Gardens

Postby RobC » 11 May 2018 19:18

Robert, you haven't got any photos of the windmill have you? I've written a history of it after it was moved from Dulwich in the 1820s and Home Cottage and the Mill House were both linked to it.
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Re: Home Cottage, Mill Gardens

Postby Robert Tompkins » 26 May 2018 18:44

Sorry for the delay in responding, my sister is the keeper of the pics and will check with her. I do know most of the pics do go back before WWII.
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Re: Home Cottage, Mill Gardens

Postby Davidwallis » 27 Jul 2018 15:38

Hi Robert, thanks for your offer. I for one would like to see any images of Mill Gardens and the surrounding area that you care to share with the forum. (But don't ask me how you do that. I've got a bald patch from scratching my head!.)
My parents and I moved out of the area in 1957 when we had our home taken away from us by the LCC, as part of their grand improvement plan. As a child I was never tempted to explore the privacy of Mill Gardens. Now from reading books on Sydenham I realise just what I missed. The picture in 'Sydenham and Forest Hill Past' by John Coulter would appear to depict a scene of rustic idyll, so different from the likes of Bradford Road etc..

That's not to say that Mill Gardens totally escaped my attention. There was a bomb damaged building on the corner with Wells Park Road. This had a small extension out the back which possibly housed a kitchen and servery. By climbing onto the roof of this, it was possible to get in a window and drop down into the main hall. Inside was a scene of dereliction with brick, plaster, glass and roof tiles everywhere. If my memory serves me right it had a wooden floor with a good few of the floor boards missing; no doubt taken to patch up other bomb damaged properties. Then my mates and I would set to work having fun, smashing up anything that had been left undamaged by Mr Hitler.
As a child I had assumed that this building had before the war been a church. I now believe that it was some sort of hall, and I would love to know more about it's history and who it was used by.
David.
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