Bourne House, East Woodhay
With an estate of 30 acres (120,000 m2) that encompassed five cottages, it was nevertheless described as Bourne cottage when it was sold to divine and writer Philip Antoine de Teissier (1819–1891) in 1872. A notice advertising an impending sale by auction was printed in The Times of 1 March 1853, stating:
...a very valuable FREEHOLD ESTATE: comprising a compact gentleman’s residence, called BOURNE COTTAGE, with excellent yard, garden, barn, stable, and orchard. …bounded on the north by a beautiful stream*, . . . situate in a most desirable and highly respectable neighborhood, and together forms a very pretty estate. . . . The scenery around is very extensive and picturesque.
The Barons de Teissier
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The Rev. Philip Antoine de Teissier was the third son of James (first Baron) de Teissier (1794–1868), of Woodcote Park, Epsom, Surrey, who was appointed a Baron of France by Louis XVIII on 4 December 1819 '‘in consideration for the kindness shown by his father [Lewis, a merchant of London] during the French Revolution to French subjects, and in acknowledgement of the loyalty of the head of the family Jean Antoine (de Teissier) 3rd Baron of Marquerittas who was guillotined 20 May 1794'’.
The De Teissiers owned the house from 1872 to 1910.
After Corpus Christi College, Oxford (matric. 1837), Philip de Teissier held around a dozen curacies between 1842 and 1871. He wrote five books. including Voices of the Dead (London, 1875) and Sermons upon the Lord’s Supper (London, 1878). In 1891 Philip de Teissier, (by then third Baron de Teissier) died unmarried and childless at the Westminster Palace Hotel, London, leaving effects valued at £57,170. The house passed to his brother, General (Henry) Price (fourth Baron) de Teissier (1820–1895), described as "of Fetcham-grove, Leatherhead", and then of both of "Fetcham-grove and Bourne-house". General Baron de Teissier owned the house for four years before he died and it was passed to his son, Henry (fifth) Baron de Teissier (1862-25 June 1931), who sold Bourne House in 1910. He died at age 30 at The Avenue, Upper Norwood, Surrey, leaving effects valued at £1,535 15s 3d to his wife, Agneta Mary, Baroness de Teissier.
Sir Ernest Wills (1869–1958), third baronet, of the Bristol tobacco firm W. D. & H. O. Wills, had the house for three and a half years, 1920–1923, after the First World War just before and after he inherited his baronetcy and another house on the death of his brother in October 1921. Up to 1920 he had lived at Ramsbury Manor, Wiltshire. He died in 1958, assets valued at £766,556. In 1920 he already had Meggernie Castle, Glenlyon, Perthshire, Scotland, and went on to possess the 8,000-acre (32 km2) Littlecote estate near Hungerford (leased from 1922, freehold from 1929). A director of Imperial Tobacco, he was the last of his family to be directly involved in the business.
John William Douglas
John William Douglas had the house for five years from 1923 to 1928.[according to whom?]
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Irish Peer, Sir Arthur Southwell, seventh baronet, the fifth Viscount Southwell (1872–1944). and his family had it for 17 years from 1929 to 1946. Southwell was in the Royal Monmouthshire Engineers Militia and the Shropshire Yeomanry and was a lieutenant colonel in the Machine Gun Corps. During World War II Southwell led the local Air Raid Precautions unit, the dining-room at Bourne house therefore being used as the control room. He married Dorothy Walrond in 1897. She was the daughter of the first Lord Waleran. Dorothy, who died in 1952, created a Japanese garden, some plants and the rockery, which were extant when the house when on sale in 2006.
The 1946 sale particulars described the house as a :
...Particularly Attractive Country Residence…Ten bedrooms, Four Bathrooms, Domestic Offices,... Main Electric Light, Telephone... The Residence is of moderate size, fitted with modern conveniences and easily run ... Two loose Boxes, Harness Room with loft over, Cowhouse for two Cows, Four dog kennels, Men’s E.C., Potting Shed, Apple Store ... Excellent Sporting and Residential neighbourhood
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- R. de Salis, Cottage to House, the dwellers of Bourne House, 2005.
- Victoria County History of Hampshire (VCH), ed. William Page, vol. 4, Constable, London, 1911, p. 39.