12 Wyndham Road

12 Wyndham Road

Pictured in September 2007, this Victorian semi continuously housed five generations of the family. It was rented by Robert James Duff during, or soon after, 1897. Upon his death in 1931 the tenancy passed to his sixth son Albert. Upon Albert's death in 1959 it was then bought by Albert's son Albert Edward Duff and family. By then being in poor condition it was ruthlessly modernised, as was customary in the 1960s. A further two generations of the family grew up in the house until it was very reluctantly sold in 2007 to pay the extortionate Inheritance Tax. (When Robert James settled here in the late 1890s he was not to know that 100 years later it would be a "property hotspot" in one of the most expensive towns for property prices in the country.) 12 Wyndham Road passed out of the family on 16th November 2007, bringing to an end 110 years of occupation by the family.

The wonder is, how such a relatively small house managed to fit in so many. In the case of Robert James it was occupied by his wife Ellen (neé Golder) and seven strapping sons! A picture of Robert James and family in 1919 in the small rear garden of 12 Wyndham Road can be viewed by clicking here.

Between 1989 and 1992 the house accommodated seven, however in the 1970s a further bedroom had been built into the roof space.

 

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This page was last updated on 2nd January 2009.