The Grove

In the mid-18th Century this plot of land was purchased by Catherine Edwin. It included several cottages, a malt house and an orchard.

The malt house and cottages were pulled down, with the exception of a few cottages facing Odney Lane. A grand house was built facing the river and it is thought that the gardens may have been designed by the famous landscape architect William Kent, a friend of Catherine.

The house was much admired for ‘its charm and the delightful nature of its setting’. After Catherine moved out of The Grove, the house was let and after her death was sold. The house changed hands several times over the next century until disaster struck in 1919 when the house was destroyed by a chimney fire.

In due course the house we now see was built. Erected on a slightly different angle to the previous house, the large column at the front entrance is a reminder of the house that once stood here, thought to be part of the portico of the original entrance

The Partnership purchased The Grove in 1942 as a home for Sir Metford Watkins (You can find out more about him here). Spedan was keen that senior management should live close together and be able to mix with Partners visiting the club.  After Sir Metford Watkins’ untimely death in 1950, the Miller family moved into The Grove and stayed until Bernard Miller became the Partnership’s Chairman. When the Miller family moved out The Grove became a residential part of the club.

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