Tag Archives: houses in Burton’s St Leonards

Some notes on the Olby family of Elmside, 30 Charles Road

I have often admired Elmside, the house at the corner of Charles Road and Brittany Road. Here are some notes on the history of this 1920s house. As we shall see, its first owner met with a horrific death. The Keep, the archives for East Sussex at Falmer, has three planning application documents. The first […]

The Censi family of 14 Eversfield Place

A big advantage of searching for people with unusual names is that they are easy to trace in databases. Here is one example, a family who fell upon hard times. Note that sometimes first names vary from record to record. I first came across the name of Censi in the catalogue entries at the National […]

Notes on the history of Coonoor, 2 Woodland Vale Road

I have often walked past this attractive house, at the bottom end of Woodland Vale Road, and decided to have a look at its history. Here are some notes about it, which show how different sources can be combined to understand more about a house’s past. The name of Coonoor is that of a hill […]

Houses for sale on Maze Hill, 1836

I recently gave a talk on 6 Maze Hill to the Society. In carrying out the research, I searched for “6 Maze Hill” in the newspaper archive on the priced Find My Past database. This gave me lots of hits, but it missed a very relevant hit because it would only be found by searching […]