Buildings and Residences

Holly Lodge

Holly Lodge in Smethwick was a substantial residence built in the early 1860’s by William Downing on the back of his successful malting business. Continue reading →
Last updated on 25 June 2021 by JJ Morgan

Kneller Hall

Kneller Hall, formerly the residence of the painter Sir Godfrey Kneller, is close to Twickenham. In 1850 it was largely rebuilt and became the headquarters of the Royal Military School of Music. Colonel Thomas Bradney Shaw Hellier was Commandant there from 1887 to 1892. Continue reading →
Last updated on 11 February 2021 by JJ Morgan

Beacon Lodge

Beacon Lodge was owned by the Downing family as a shooting lodge from about 1910 to 1940. It stands in a remote place on the Welsh Borders about two miles west of Llangunllo station. It is now a ruin. The track that now passes by the house is on the Owen Glendower trail and the lodge presents a welcome staging post for walkers following the path. Continue reading →
Last updated on 22 November 2022 by JJ Morgan