We had an email through with an extract from the diary of a great great grandmother from 1869.
The gentleman who sent it through was asking for more information on what property was mentioned in the extract which in 1869 was one of the first houses in the area. There was also the image shown to the right of the property at the time.
The extract reads –
”We, by this time, were wishing for a larger house, and especially for more garden than we had at the Elms, and decided to move. We looked over some houses in the neighbourhood but all were either too small or too expensive.
My husband therefore decided to build a house suited to the requirements of our large family, and he selected a site on Wandsworth Common, part of a nursery ground belonging to Magdalene College, Oxford.
This was, at the time, a very nice open part, with only one or two houses, and on March 25th the first brick was laid.”
Apparently ”The beeches” was the name of the house and the name of the great, great grandfather was Joseph William Wilson.
The closest guess that we can make is that this is one of the largest properties on Magdalen Road (somewhere around number 48) which has one of the largest gardens in the area. This would make sense if it was one of the first properties in the area.
If anyone has any further information that may assist in the search please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are following up directly with Magdalen College, Oxford and their historical records department to try and get some more information as they documented all the property transactions as this was there land.