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Earliest information: 1830 (?1819)
Original estate: Possibly a late addition, after the 1617 feoffment?
Common Rights? No
Date of current building: c.1600, refronted c.1830
Listed? Yes

Thumbnail History:

Residential (Barker) -> Private School (?Earle's Froome) -> Boarding House (Tubb Large Howe Low Casson) -> Hugh Ellin, Solicitors -> Accountants (Freeman, Freeman Baker, PBA)

Description of property:

From Listed Building records: House. c.1600, refronted c.1830. Slate roof, hipped with overhanging eaves, painted brick with band at first floor. Three storeys. Three glazing bar sashes with cambered heads, the centre blocked on second floor, central 20th door with rectangular fanlight in plain reeded surround.

Photo Gallery:

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- Freeman Baker Associates, Feb 2007

- Lower High Street, c1900


This appears to be a later building between 131 and 129 High Street

1819 (EA) ?G. Ryley

1830 (Mr & Mrs Charles Low) Believe this house to have been refronted c.1830. There are no deeds available for 130 HS.

1841 (CS) Richard Barker, 30, surgeon. From baptism records, he married Elizabeth Ann, had 8 children. By the 1851 Census, this family had moved to Kennet House, 19HS.

1851 (CS) Charles Osmond (33), postmaster, and George C. Pearce (28) Curate of Hungerford.

1861 (CS) William Burt (74) – tax collector.

1861 (CS) Emma Earle (33) School Mistress at 7 High Street (= south end Martins Newsagents today)

Earle, Private School (c1865-c1881)

1869 (PO) Misses Sarah & Emma Jane Earle, High Street

1871 (CS) Emma Jane Earle (38), School Mistress. Henry Button, lodger – bank clerk.

1877 (KD) Misses Sarah & Emma Jane Earle, day & boarding school, High Street

Mary Froome, Private School (c1881-c1920)

1881 (CS) Mrs. Mary Froome (37), School Mistress, Private School

1890+ Owned by Mrs. Martha Ann Platt: (an agreement re access for inspection of drains between MAP and Henry d'O W Astley)

1891 (KD) Mrs. Mary Froome, boarding school, College House, High Street (first reference to name of College House)

1903 (KD) Mrs. Mary Froome, boarding school, College House, High Street.

1911 (KD) Mrs. Mary Froome, boarding school, College House, High Street.

1915 (Leo Cowell Townshend) Attended this small preparatory school, 6 children = 3 Peart children (Lon, Mary & Margaret), Dr. Starkey Smith's wife to be, son John and himself.Taught by Miss Froome who also gave piano lessons.

1919 (DD) States Mary Froome occupant of 130 High Street

Mary Tubb, boarding house (c1920-c1930)

1920s (Leo Cowell Townshend) Mrs. Mary Tubb ran a boarding house (ie no longer a school). (Husband Harry Tubb died in 1920s). Sold to Mr & Mrs Large.

Mr & Mrs Large, guest house (c1930-c1945)

1930s (Leo Cowell Townshend) Mr & Mrs James Large – retired butler of Sir Harrison Hughes, Denford Manor. Ran guest house for fishermen. Daughter was Mrs. Kitty Cowell-Townehend. Sold to Stephen Neate

1939 (Blacket's) J. Large, College House boarding establishment

Mrs Norah Howe (c1945-1951)

1946 (Mr & Mrs Charles Low) Mr. Stephen Neate (owner) leased to Mrs Norah Howe (Mrs. Tubb's daughter). Ran boarding house. Emigrated to Australia in 1951.

Mr & Mrs Charles Low (1951-c1981)

1951 (Mr & Mrs Charles Low) Mr Charles & Mrs Irene Low (occupants). Boarding House. Stephen Neate's Executors (owners). Mr Low kept a smallholding (where Port Down flats are in Park Street) – pigs, chickens and vegetables.

1976 (Mr & Mrs Charles Low) Low's bought the house, moved to 86 High Street, selling 130 to Mr & Mrs Casson (see 1981 below).

Cassons (c1981-c1983)

1981 (Mr & Mrs Charles Low) Mr & Mrs W. Casson (owner) – Bed & Breakfast. They later moved back to their Faulkner Square house, selling to Hugh Ellin.

Hugh Ellin, Solicitor (c1981-c1991)

1983 Hugh Ellin – Solicitor.

Freeman & Co, Accountants (c1991-2008)

1991 Freeman & Co. Accountants - offices

In 1993 [1st floor] Freeman & Co, accountants [Clive Adolph]

In 2000 Hants & Berks Property, and Freeman & Co, accountants

2008 Freeman Baker Associates

PBA Accountants (2008-2017)

May 2008 PBA Accountants (new business name for Freeman Baker Associates). See: NWN advert 9.5.2008 for PBA Accountants

May 2017 PBA Accountants moved to Ramsbury House, Charnham Lane.

See also:

- College House School