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The Grange in Greenstreet

An impressive, Grade II listed, 18th Century house, set back from Greenstreet Hill. It was once the Vicarage for Teynham but is now a house in private ownership as No. 18, London Road, Lynsted.

What follows is structured around material extracted by Bob Baxter (9th February 2006) from a set of conveyance indentures and other documents kindly loaned by the then occupier, Mr D Nicholson, for our archives. Nigel Heriz-Smith added contextual information from Census records and newspaper and other references as they emerged.

Thanks to John Filmer Whitebread for additional material regarding the Filmer and Whitebread families who have an association with The Grange.

History of ownership and Occupancy to 1941   Additional Census Data
A schedule on a Deed of Covenant/Indenture dated 22 July 1856
lists the following as interested parties in The Grange
1811 John Rose Baker, William Brown, Samuel Hazard, William Baker, Edward Baker and John Barling.  
1812 John Barling, Sir Edward Knatchbull and Thomas Starr.

 

1841 Census: Nouds: John Barling (60) Farmer; Ann Barling (50) Wife; Mary Barling (25); John Barling (25); Sarah Barling (20); Ann Barling (20); George Barling (20) Son; Dorothy Barling (15); Eleanor Barling (10); Jane Barling (8); Thomas Barling (5); Harriot Barling (4)

1845 April-June: Marriage: George Vallance Barling and Elizabeth Olive Marsh (daughter of Reverend George Peirce Marsh, Hernehill)..

1851 Census: Nouds: John Barling (74) farmed 508 acres, employing 32 Men. George Vallance Barling (30 - Son); Charles Vallance Barling (24 - Son)

1851 John Barling, George Vallance Barling and Charles Vallance Barling.

 

1854 George Vallance Barling, Charles Vallance Barling, William Greet, Henry Shepherd the younger, John Henry Mares.

Henry Shepherd, Court St., Faversham (36 - Brewer employing 20 Men).
John Henry Mares, East Street, Faversham (31 - Brewer)

1856

The parsonage house in Teynham having been sold, the Church of England authorities purchased the Grange from Henry Shepherd the younger and John Henry Mares, both of Faversham, brewers.
Sale price: £674.
To be occupied by Rev. Henry Thomas Rees, Vicar of Teynham.

1851 Census: 10th to 12th houses were unoccupied
1878 Church authorities sold to Albert Millen of Lynsted.
Sale price: £840.
The occupant at the time was Rev. Edward James Corbould, Vicar of Teynham.
 

1881 Census: Albert Millen (34 - Farmer of 270 Acres; employing 7 Labourers and 2 boys); Eliza (33) + 6 children + 1 Servant.

1891

Albert Millen having died in 1886, the property passed into the hands of trustees, Edward Charles Millen, brother to Albert, hay dealer, and William Roper Dixon, farmer, both of Lynsted.


George Alfred Filmer, butcher, of Lynsted, bought the property at auction.
Purchase price:£750.
The auction was arranged when Albert Millen's eldest son, also Albert, reached the age of 21.

1891 Census: 11th House South Side: 10 Occupants: Head - Eliza Millen (45 - Widow - Private Income); Albert Millen (23 - Son - Farmer) + 6 other siblings - youngest 4 yrs old. One servant + 1 Bootmaker.

1891 Census: George Albert (?) Filmer (lived in 160th House, South Side of Greenstreet: 8 Occupants) - 53 yrs old Butcher; Wife + 4 children and 2 General Servants.

1901 Census: George A Filmer (63) Farmer; Emma S Filmer (58); Hilda Fillmer (21); Edith Alice (14); Emma Park (18) General Domestic Servant.

1908-09 Gazetteer: George Alfred Filmer - Head of household, The Grange; Frank Blackman Filmer (Butcher, immediately West of The Swan Inn)

1911 Census: George Alfred Filmer (73) Farmer; Emma Sarah Filmer (67) [Married 47 years, 11 children - 8 living/3 dead]; Frank Blackman Filmer (Butcher) (34); Hilda Mabel Filmer (31); Edith Alice Filmer (24); Laura Smith (Domestic Housemaid) (22)

1914: Golden Anniversary - Mr and Mrs G.A.Filmer. Newspaper Cutting

1917 George Filmer having died in 1916, the property was sold to Edward James Moxon, tax collector, of Sheerness.
Purchase price: £650.
 
1920 Property sold to Sydney Filmer, corn factor.
Purchase price: £900.
 
1922 Property sold to Gerald Cotton Raynes Laurence, Lt. Col. (ret.) of Folkestone.
Purchase price: £1,400.
 
1931 G C R Laurence died. Estate passed to sons Richard Alan Laurence, army captain, Edward Raynes Laurence, army captain, and Kenneth St George Laurence. The Times - 12th July 1931:
DEATH: LAURENCE - On July 12, 1931, after a short illness, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL G.C.R. LAURENCE, late Royal Engineers, of "The Grange", Teynham, Kent, aged 62. Funeral at Lynsted Church to-day (Wednesday) at 2.30 p.m.
1941 Mortgage taken out by Lawrance Bull, of the Grange (presumably the new owner).  

 

NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS

South Eastern Gazette, 26th September 1914 - GREENSTREET GOLDEN WEDDING. On Sunday last Mr and Mrs George Alfred Filmer, of the Grange, Greenstreet, celebrated their golden wedding. The celebration took the form of a quiet family gathering, at which all the children and sons and daughters-in-law, and a number of the grand children were present. Mr. Filmer, who was born at Faversham 77 years ago, came to Greenstreet quite early in life, and on September 20th, 1864, was married at Lynsted Church, to Emma Sarah Vallance, daughter of the late Mr. William Vallance, then of Bogle Farm, Lynsted. During all the intervening years Mr. and Mrs. Filmer have lived at Greenstreet and eleven children have been born to them, of whom eight are surviving – four sons and four daughters. At the family gathering on Sunday a fine solid silver centrepiece, combining a flower and fruit stand, was presented by the children to the father and mother. Also in commemoration of the event, three daughters – Mrs J R Millen, Mrs. Wildish, and Miss E. Filmer are presenting to Lynsted Church a splendid purple altar frontal cloth richly embroidered, which will be used during the seasons of Advent and Lent. The cloth is being worked by Miss Filmer. Both Mr and Mrs Filmer, despite their age, are enjoying wonderfully good health, and it is hoped that they may be spared to one another for many years yet.

Historic Environment Record (H.E.R.)

Grade II listed building (II) 1343925. Main construction periods 1700 to 1799 A.D.
Grid Reference: TQ 9541 6236 - Lynsted, London Road (south side)
Map Sheet: TQ96SE
Parish: LYNSTED WITH KINGSDOWN, SWALE, KENT

3/55 No.18 The Grange 24.1.67 GV II
House. C18. Painted brick and plain tiled roof. Rectangular plan with later wings added and recessed to left, slightly projecting to right. Two storeys on plinth with parapet and stacks to left and to right. Central block with regular fenestration of 3 glazing bar sashes on first floor with basket arched heads and moulded and panelled tympana. The windows to left and right are set in recesses in which are also the 2 ground floor windows with moulded panels between ground and first floor windows. Two storey extension to right with 1 wood casement to each floor, 1 storey extension left with 1 glazing bar sash. Central door of 4 panels with rectangular fanlight in Doric columned porch.
Listing NGR: TQ9593462163