28 Westminster Road

Number 28 Westminster Road, Poole, Dorset, now known as Woodsome, was built 1900 in what was the Branksome Towers Estate. For a history of the estate - see Chineland.

The builder, Harry Wortley Lovell, was a 26 year old publican at the time. He would subsequently build many of the streets in Bournemouth.

Harry Wortley Lovell, was born on 29 Aug 1874 in Camberwell, London the son of a wholesale warehouseman. His father George, died in 1883 in Guys Hospital in the registration district of St Olave Southark. Eight years later his mother had moved with the family to Bournemouth. She was a restaurant manageress and 16 year old Harry a builder. In 1901 when he built 28 Westminster Road he was described as the publican of the Cricketers Hotel in Wyndham Road Bournemouth. The Poole electoral register suggests he was there from 1904 to 1909. He qualified for the Poole electoral register because he had a property in Crescent (now Hayden) Road Branksome Park. That property was presumaby St Olaves next door to us. By 1911, having moved from the Cricketers to Malmesbury Park in Bournemouth, he was again described in the census record as a builder.

13th September 1900 - Harry Wortley Lovell purchased lot 84 of the Branksome Tower Estate for £275

This Indenture made the fourteenth day of one thousand nine hundred Between William Vibart Dixon of the city of Wakefield solicitor and Thomas Warren Rebbeck of Bournemouth in the county of Southampton Estate Agent (vendors) of the one part and Harry Wortley Lovell of Wyndham Road Bournemouth builder (purchaser) of the other part Whereas the vendors are seised of the hereditaments and premises hereinafter described and intended to be hereby conveyed for an estate of inheritance in fee simple in possession free from incumbrances and have agreed with the purchaser for the sale thereof to him for the sum of £275. The vendors as trustees hereby grant and convey unto the purchaser and his heirs all that plot or parcel of land forming part of the Branksome town estate and being lot 84 on the plan of the said estate and which said piece or parcel of land is bounded on the north in part by lot 83 and in the remainder by lot 85 on the south by Westminster Road and Westminster Road East

14th Sept 1900 - Harry Lovell borrowed £1050 from Thomas Wadlow a race horse trainer in Edgebaston. The document makes clear that the house was to be built for Clara Anne Woodward and that it was to be named 'Athelney' (Clara's husband, Henry Woodward, was a gunmaker in Solihull but he had died in 1885 leaving £4173. After his death Clara had moved, with her daughter Ida, to Halewood, Alumhurst Road, Bournemouth. Clara was 60 years old).

This Indenture made the 14th day of September 1900 Between Harry Wortley Lovell of Wyndham Road Bournemouth in the county of Southampton builder of the one part and Thomas Wadlow of "Hendra" Church Road Edgbaston in the country of Warwick Gentleman of the other part Witnesseth that in consideration of the sum of One thousand and fifty pounds paid to the said Harry Wortley Lovell by the said Thomas Wadlow on or before the execution of these presents of which sum the said Harry Wortley Lovell hereby acknowledges the receipt The said Harry Wortley Lovell hereby covenants with the said Thomas Wadlow to pay to him on the 14th day of March next year the sum of £1050 with interest thereon in the meantime at the rate of Four pounds and ten shillings percent per annum computed from the date of these presents and also so long after that day as any principal money remains due under this mortgage to pay to him interest thereon at the same rate by equal half yearly payments on the 14th day of September and the 14th day of March And this indenture also witnesseseth that for the same consideration the said Harry Wortley Lovell as beneficial owner hereby conveys to the said Thomas Wadlow all that plot or parcel of land… being Lot 84 on the plan of the said estate… And also all that messuage or dwellinghouse with outbuildings thereto erected on the said piece of land and known as "Athelney" together with such rights to use the roads … which said premises are now in the occupation of Clara Anne Woodward… Provided always that if the said sum of £1050 with interest thereon shall be paid on the 14th day of March next the said premises shall at the request and cost of the said Harry Wortley Lovell be re-conveyed to him ....

23 October 1901 - Conveyance of the freehold from Mr Lovell to Clara Anne Woodward for the sum of £1425 (the 1901 Census reveals Clara Anne Woodward was living in Athelney on the night of March 31 along with her daughter Ida and 2 servants - was she renting the property before she formally purchased it?).

This Indenture made the Twenty third day of October one thousand nine hundred and one Between Harry Wortley Lovell of Wyndham Road in the county borough of Bournemouth builder (hereinafter called the vendor) of the one part and Clara Anne Woodward of "Athelney" Westminster Road Branksome Park in the county of Dorset widow (hereinafter called the purchaser) of the other part Whereas the vendor is seized of the hereditaments and premises hereinafter described and intended to be hereby assumed for one estate of inheritance in fee simple in possession free from encumbrances that subject as hereinafter mentioned and has agreed with the purchaser for the sale thereof for the sum of One thouseand four hundred and twenty five pounds ...........

26 November 1932 - Mrs Woodward having died in August 1932, the executors sold Athelney to Berthe Colley of 17 Suffolk Road, Bournemouth for £1000. She was a married woman who seems to have gone on living in Suffolk Road.

9 January 1933 - Berthe Colley sold Athelney to Mrs Spencer the wife of a bank manager for £1750. 75% profit in less than 2 months!!

This Conveyance made the ninth day of January 0ne thousand nine hundred and thirty three Between Berthe Colley of 17 Suffolk Road in the county borough of Bournemouth married woman (hereinafter called to the 'vendor') of the one part and Irene May Spencer the wife of George Ernest Spencer of 20 Abbey Drive West Grimsby in the county of Lincoln Bank Manager (hereinafter called the 'purchaser') of the other part Whereas the vendor is seized of the property hereinafter described for an estate in fee simple in possession free from incumbrances subject only as hereinafter mentioned and has agreed to sell the same to the purchaser for the like estate of the price at the price of one thousand seven hundred and fifty pounds

22 October 1945 - Irene May Spencer sold Athelney to Gertrude Owen (widow) of Leyswood Moorside Road West Moors for £5675. Mrs Spencer's husband was still alive. Mrs Owen was a widow and changed the name of the house to 'Leyswood' at the time of the purchase.

22 October 1946 - Mrs Owen sold 'Leyswood' to Florence Elizabeth Jackson (widow) of 38 Holden Road North Finchley in the County of Middlesex for £6250. She changed the name of the house to 'Woodsome'.

28 October 1947 - Mrs Jackson sold 'Woodsome' to Charles William Landale (accountant) and Nelly Landale (his wife) both of 'Cambus Kenneth' 7 Ettrick Road Branksome Park for £6100

22 September 1950 - Mr and Mrs Landale sold Woodsome to Ethel Wade Prowse the wife of Cecil Prowse and Ronald James Prowse civil servant both of 29 the Grove Winton for £5700. Subsequent documents revealed that Cecil Proust acted as guarantor for the mortgage and all 3 lived in Woodsome.

10 September 1958 - Prowse family sold Woodsome to Anne Amelia Frances Fort (widow) for £4900

4 November 1959 - Anne Amelia Frances Fort sold Woodsome to Lawrance Bainborough of 122 Hildyard Street, Grimsby (Company Director) for £6650

29 November 1983 -

25" OS maps of the area