History of the House

Nearly 150 years of history of our house and the land on which it sits. All the pdf documents will download when you click on the links.

Before 1877


Frederick Eggar sells a chunk of land to James Cholmeley Russell. This may have been to pay off gambling debts.
See the Abstract of the Title for details of all 19th Century activities.


Part of the land brought by Susan Sumpster plus a little bit of Manor Farm.

PDF of the Conveyance

February 1907

Mortgage taken out by Susan and Bertha Sumpster to build Bridge House.


PDF of the Mortgage Document

1911 Census

On the day of the census Arthur Urban Sumpster, Edgar William Sumpster and Rose Ellis (a maid) were living here. There is no mention of Susan because she was staying at a boarding house with Bertha in Southsea that day.

March 1914

Indenture between Edward Bull and Richard William Mason (the Trustees) and Susan Sumpster (the Purchaser) and James Chomley Russell and Amelia Gully to buy a strip of land to the north.

PDF of the Indenture


Miss Bertha Sumpster sells the house to Richard Alexander Garrett.


PDF of the Conveyance | PDF of the Mortgage

1921 Census

6 people in the house on 24 April: Richard Garrett and his wife and son, a boarder and two visitors.


Arthur Sumpster dies. He had moved up the hill to 29 Grosvenor Road after Bridge House was sold in 1921.


Brought by Dennis William Saunders

PDF of the Conveyance


Dennis sells Bridge House to Kenneth and Colleen Ginsburg.


Granny Flat conversion

Annex plan

PDF of First Floor Plans

Main House Plans

PDF of Main House Plans


Mr RK Freer and Miss CA Hillery buy the freehold.


Request to convert into 5 flats rejected

PDF of 5 Flat Plans


Request to convert the house into 6 flats rejected:

PDF of 6 flat plans

Request to convert into 4 flat accepted


Bridge House Management Company formed and leases issued.


Freehold transferred?


Paul and Maureen Beves buy the Bridge House


We buy the freehold

  1. Terry and Louise on 22 Mar 2013:

    Michele & Graham,
    fascinating stuff, putting flesh on the bones of the house. Scary how much of the history of the house is part of our lifetime! (Well Louise’s, anyway. Thanks for this. L & T

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  2. Nick Booker on 24 Apr 2013:

    Just found your website and see that James Cholmeley Russell owned the land from 1877 to 1905. I’m doing research on JCR and would be interested to hear whether you have any further information please. See the link to my biographical blog on JCR

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    • Graham on 24 Apr 2013:

      Hi Nick,

      We have a copy of the extract giving some details of the land before the house was built. I’ll scan it and send it to you. The indenture for the sale of the land to Susan Sumpster doesn’t have a lot about JCR but you can have that as well if you like.

      Reply to Graham

      • Nick Booker on 28 Apr 2013:

        Yes please to both – many thanks. I will link back to you on the JCR site

        Nick Booker

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  3. Rachael Smith on 23 Jan 2019:

    Thank you so much for setting up this page & for all your research. My name is Rachael Smith but my maiden name is Rachael Sumpster & I am researching my family tree. You don’t know how helpful this is & i thank you.

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    • Graham on 28 Jan 2019:

      Hi Rachael,
      We are slowly piecing together the history of the house and its occupants. Anything you can tell us about Susan would be great. What does intrigue us is why she built the house – was there ever a Mr Sumpster?

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  4. Rachael Smith on 25 Feb 2019:

    Hi Graham,

    I can tell you lots about Susan & her family. So she was born Susan Froud in 1841 in Hartley Wintney & on 28 June 1866 she married Urban Sumpster at St Michael the Archangel, Aldershot. Urban was a grocer with a shop in Union Street, they had seven children, 2 girls & 5 boys. Urban died in 1899 at which time they were living at 45 Grosvenor Road. His estate which was split between Susan, his son Walter & another was valued at just over £26k which in today’s money would equate to £3.3m – so he was a very successful business man! At least 2 of their children had shops in Aldershot, Walter had a gents outfitters at 8 Union St & Arthur had a News agents & stationers at 16 Union St. Urban & Susan are both buried along with other family members, at the cemetery in Redan Road. They have a rather fancy memorial reflecting their wealth. Bertha was one of their daughters & Isobel May was their daughter in law, married to Walter Sumpster mentioned already. In the 1911 census the residents of Bridge House are listed as Arthur Sumpster Head of the household, plus his brother Edgar William Sumpster & a servant. There is no mention of Susan because she was staying at a boarding house with Bertha in Southsea that day. I am like you, building on this imformation all the time & I am happy to share or answer any questions. Feel free to email me direct. Regards Rachael

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    • Susan Bartholomew on 30 Dec 2021:

      Hello Rachel,
      We live at number 7 Eggars Hill beside Graham and Michelle, our house was also built by the Sumpster family and we have the original architect drawing from 1911. I find this history fascinating, how are you related to the Sumpster’s ?

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