Robertson-Glasgow 1948-1992; Moores 1992 -2015 In December 1948 the Robertson-Glasgow family decided to leave St. Andrew’s School in Berkshire, a Prep School ‘Bobs’ Robertson-Glasgow had founded in 1934, and reclaim the house after its years as a nursing home. Sadly the 1862 wallpaper in the drawing room had been destroyed and the house and its heating system were in much need of attention as was the overgrown garden. Rationing was still in force and it was not easy to get materials, etc. The two Miss Foxcrofts were still living in Innox Lodge in the village but Cissie died in the late summer of 1949 and Helen then returned to her beloved home until her death, aged 84, in July the following year. She had many interests and has an entry in the most recent Dictionary of National Biography describing her work. The Robertson-Glasgows continued to rationalise the house, making three flats at the rear of the building and moving the kitchen back to Mrs Day’s site near the dining room. During the following years a swimming pool and a tennis court were added. The villagecricket ground had been in fields some distance from the centre of the village and Mrs Robertson-Glasgow leased a piece of Varmont, the field in front of the house, to the Cricket Club which has continued to flourish. On the death of Phyllis Robertson-Glasgow in 1971, her son, Robin Robertson-Glasgow inherited the property. After Oxford he trained at Cirencester Agricultural College and farmed Hinton Farm for a number of years and was involved with the NFU and with many village activities. He married Patricia Neuberger in 1983 and they were able to up-date some of the interior of the house. In 1990 Hinton House supplied yet another High Sheriff when Robin became High Sheriff of Avon. In 1992, for the first time for three hundred years, the house and most of the land were sold to Mr and Mrs Alexis Moores who have made their own alterations and improvements in both house and garden - as have so many of those who have lived in the house over the centuries. There is still more to discover about the buildings on this ancient site. This account is only a beginning, -------------------------- My grateful thanks to Neil Mattingly for help with the Hungerford Leases, to John Park for sending me the advertisement of Hinton House in 1778 which fills a gap in the story, to Professor Hugh Torrens for correspondence regarding Samuel Day’s patent and Samuel Skurrey Day’s membership of the Geological Society, as well as to the late Dr Mike Aston for conversations about the Friary and the Lay Brothers. BIBLIOGRAPHY BARNES, Thomas Garden Somerset 1625-1640 A County’s Government During the ‘Personal Rule’, Oxford University Press 1960 page 175 note 2 & 3 SRO Sess rolls 64 pt.ii nos 200-205. The mention of Wickham occurs in The Earl of Marlborough’s investigation.BRETT, Colin J. The Manors of Norton St Philip and Hinton Charterhouse 1535-1691, Somerset Record Society Vol.93 2007 ISBN 978 0 901732 42 2This book is essential for the history of both villages thanks to Colin Brett’s work over many years. I have had to condense some of the information in my account but anyone wanting more detail would find this book fascinating. My account of the Grange could not have been written without its help.HISTORY OF HINTON CHARTERHOUSE by the Members of the Hinton W.I. – an entry for the Somerset Federation’s competition in 1953 for a Village History - Hinton came 4th This is invaluable for the older generation’s stories and information which would have been lost but it has certain flaws and needs up-dating. Duplicated but never printed, several copies exist in Hinton Charterhouse.DOCUMENTS HELD IN RECORD OFFICESWiltshire & Swindon Record Office: Hannah Harding’s will & leases related to the Iford house John Harding III intestacy certificate Hungerford leasesSomerset Record OfficeThe Wills ofJohn Harding II, and Mary DayThe Returns for Evacuation to Wales 1803 Other documents relating to the Harding and Foxcroft familes St. John the Baptist Church Registers, Vestry MinutesBath City Record Office (Guildhall)An early will of Mary Day and some family documentsNational ArchivesThe will of John Harding I(Prerogative court of Canterbury)FAMILY ARCHIVES:Marriage certificate of Stephen Skurrey and Mary Jacob 1762Volunteer Association Meeting in Norton , May 1798 – Sam Day’s notes.Mrs. Day’s Diary – Some volumes are in the SRO but Wilhelmina Foxcroft’s transcription of most of the diary is held in the family archive.Letters of the Rev. Thomas Spencer, Thomas Jones, Mary Day. (Additional letters in the SRO)H.C.Foxcroft’s World War I & II Diaries: Details of her Aeroplane flight 1912: The Small Rifle Club minutes, articles and photo..Documents relating to the Hinton property and families which were found in Hinton House and are now in the SRO are all classified under DD/RG.
HINTON GRANGE TO HINTON HOUSEIn 1226 the estates of Hinton and Norton were given by Ela Countess of Salisbury to the Carthusians and the site of Hinton manor house became a grange or farm, centre of the monks’ agricultural lands. Over three hundred years later at the Dissolution, the farm buildings were not destroyed but kept as part of the King’s estates. A number of surveys still exist and one describes the farm house being of ‘14 bays’ – the same size as the tithe barn at Bradford on Avon – with two large barns, an oxen house, sheep houses etc. Over the following years the farm was let to a number of different tenants but in 1625 both the manors of Hinton and Norton were sold by Charles I to Lord Craven, a wealthy royal supporter. During the Civil War they were confiscated by the Commonwealth but returned to Craven at the Restoration who sold them a few years later to Lord Hungerford. However the last Lord Hungerford, gambled away his lands at the Court of Charles II which led to the breakup of his estates and enabled John Harding, a wealthy clothier’s son from Broughton Gifford to buy long leases on land in both Norton and Hinton, including in 1681 the lease of the grange, described as ‘a new built house with barn adjoining’. In all probability the old house was past repair and one of the barns had been converted into a house. (In a very dry year in the 1970’s the footprint of a large building could be seen on the front lawn – is this the old house?)John Harding died in 1682 but the family subsequently acquired the freeholds and his son, John Harding II, who had trained as a lawyer in London, began the house’s ‘gentrification’. Early in the 1700’s he added the south front, which is almost unchanged today. His son, John Harding III continued with the work and was High Sheriff in 1751. He died childless and the property went to cousins and was inherited in the 1780’s by Mrs. Mary Day who lived in the house until her death in 1846. Her son created the present hall and cantilevered stone staircase, but died childless in 1816 asking his mother to leave the property to his good friend Thomas Jones. Sadly Thomas died in 1848 but his wife and three children moved into the house. Two large reception rooms with bedrooms above were added on the east front with a new front door on the south side. In 1865 the elder son, Edward, changed his name to Foxcroft on inheriting Yorkshire property. He generously supported both the church and school and was active in local affairs, being High Sheriff of Somerset in 1890 and a DL. On his death in 1911 he was succeeded by his son Charles who was MP for Bath from 1919 until his death in 1929. Charles’s three sisters lived on in the house until 1942 when it was let as a nursing home.In 1948 the Robertson-Glasgow family returned to make it their home as Mrs Phyllis Robertson-Glasgow was the only descendent of Edward Foxcroft’s ten children. Three flats were made at the back of the house and some updating was carried out. It was during plumbing work that three of the four pintles were discovered from which a barn door would have hung, confirming that the house had started life as a barn. Robin Robertson-Glasgow succeeded his mother in 1971. He farmed and was involved in local affairs, being High Sheriff of Avon in 1990. The property was sold in 1992 to Mr and Mrs Alexis Moores who have further updated the house and gardens.