Below is a selection of the history of some of the older houses in Buxton. If anyone wishes to add some history of their own house please contact the webmaster.

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Aylsham Rd, Bungalows.

Mr Ives of Birds Place put up his meadow for sale in 1930 as building plots costing 50/each. Mr Swann's shop was built opposite the Church and bungalows were erected along this road.

Belle Vue.

Half way down Mill Street on the left as you go towards the Mill. The owner of Bell Vue had a
malthouse and vinery on the ground opposite his house. The Malthouse was conveniently situated next to the river so that barley could be delivered directly from the river. The house used to have a bell on it so that the workers could be called to meals. In the mid 1800's it was occupied by Mr John Gambling, son of Horace Gambling. John Gambling was a dealer in corn and coal and these were brought up to his wharf in his wherries.

Birds Place.

On the Coltishall Rd. The 20 inch wall which adjoins the road, and some foundations behind it suggests that there was a big house here at one time. The earliest house known here is the Lawn which has changed its name to Dunollie and now Linden lee. This was formerly the residence of a Mrs Butterworth, and there were 2 cottages within the grounds. The house was enlarged about 1876 and occupied by several curates in succession in the time of
Rev. Stracey. Subsequent tenants were Mrs Chapman, Mr Eustace Stracey Clitheroe, Mrs Day, and Col Kerrison. The cottages were thatched and after a fire the walls were partly rebuilt as can be seen in the present walls in the houses by the road.

Clock House.

Close to the Mill. This house belonged to the Russel family for several generations. It was rebuilt by Mr James Russel, a watch and clock maker who placed a clock on the front wall of the house. The clock remains but the works have gone.

Coronation Cottages.

These cottages in Crown Rd were built around 1937 at the time of the coronation of King George VI

Council Houses.

In 1929 the Aylsham Rural district Council built 8 semi detached cottages on the Aylsham Rd and 6 more on the Coltishall Rd.

Dudwick House.

This appears to be the site of the original
Dudwick Manor house. It is thought to have been rebuilt in the seventeenth century and in Whites 1845 History of Norfolk it is described as an ancient mansion with a well wooded lawn and good estate, belonging to John Wright, the occupant, and formerly the seat of the family of Dudwick. In 1842 the young John Wright made extensive alterations to the house. There are pictures of the old house in 1935 before it was rebuilt by the Briscoes with R.G.Carter as builder and Sir Guy Dauber as architect in 1938 after they inherited it from Ted Sewell.

Old Dudwick House Old Dudwick House Dudwick House The Sewells at home in Dudwick House gardens. Dudwick House (minus the Sewells)

Dudwick Cottage.

Originally the farmhouse, and probably dates from the seventeenth century. It was occupied by the
Wrights and then the Sewells from 1830 - 1937. It gives evidence of having been several times added to and altered. In 1872 Philip Sewell added rooms on its west end.
Dudwick Cottage Dudwick Cottage

Dudwick lodge.

Dudwick Gates and Lodge.

Feofee Cottages.

See under
Sir John Picto.

The Glen.

Built by Mr Robert Watts for himself in 19?. He had succeeded his uncle Thomas as a builder in Buxton.

The High House.

In 1703 this pleasant house in Mill Street with a garden on either side of the road belonged to the Scottow Estate and was occupied by Mr Edward Allen. In 1744 it was mortgaged by Mr Thomas Sewell, who in 1829 made over the property to his only daughter upon her marriage with Mr James Smith. It then remained in the Smith family until 1937.

Hillside.

The house in the Coltishall Rd called Hillside was built by Mr William Norwood, retired from the Metropolitan Police Force, for himself. It was later sold to Mr Ellison who had a chicken farm there.

Honeysuckle Cottage.

This cottage was rebuilt in 1933 by Miss Sewell. An occupant of the earlier house which stood there was Benjamin Bussey, a canary fancier. He kept many birds and devoted one room entirely to them. He used to send birds up to the Norwich Show but died in 1912.

Infant school Cottage.

There used to be a cottage next to the Infant School. This was occupied for many years by an old lady called Dinah Reynolds and then by her daughter, Ann Reynolds. The latter had a reputation as an eccentric. One of her peculiarities was that she would have neither a looking glass or a clock in her house. The only occasion on which she knew the time was on a Sunday morning when the Church bells began to ring. She would then put on her bonnet and go down to the Church. This is probably the same house with one room upstairs and one down where a man lived with his donkey in the attached lean-to. He sold paraffin off the back of a cart drawn by the donkey

Ivy House.

Home of Buxton's milkman & dairy herd for 2 generations until around 1970 when George Derisley retired. The house and barns are in Hevingham, the garden in Stratton Strawless and the meadows adjoining the east of the house in Buxton. The house belonged to the Marsham family for many years in earlier centuries. The site was in the Manor of Rippon Hall ( alias the Manor of Cats-cum-Cricketots) which is mentioned in the
Domesday book , and was as large as the Manor of Hevingham. There is still a field at Rippon Hall Farm called "Cats Field".
George Derisley from Ivy Farm

Mace shop, Crown Road.

The Mace shop was built in 1970.


Mill House.

Built by William Pepper together with the redesigned Mill between 1772 & 1779. He also constructed the channel from Oxnead and the various ponds around the Mill House. It was occupied by Mr Gambling in the mid 1800's, then by Mr Edward Stracey and Sir Edward Stracey was born there. Subsequent it was occupied by Mr Shreeve and Mr Ling, millers, then by the widow of the Dean of Norwich, then Lady Birkbeck of Horstead Hall, and later by Christopher Birkbeck. The Birkbecks ( now of Rippon Hall) held the tenancy from 1928 to 1939 and it was the first house in Buxton to have electricity in 1931

Oakhurst, Crown Rd.

Oakhurst was Built by Mr H. Rackham for Mr Valentine Digby (brother of James Digby) when he retired from the Metroploitan Police.
He later moved to the bungalow to the east, where he married Olive Eates, the Church Organist.

Sunnymeade.

This house was built in 1895 by Mr Thomas Watts, builder, who lived there with Mr & Mrs Bourne. After his death in 1899 it was occupied by Mrs Bourne and his niece Miss Fiske. It was then bought by Mr Parker of the Mill and occupied by some of his family until his death in 1921. It was bought by Mr Louis Tillett who live there until his death and then in 1933 Mr & Mrs Wilfred Tillett came to live there.
Sunnymeade.

Tower House.

Just beyond the Village Hall on the Coltishall Rd on the left as you leave the village. This was formerly occupied by John Bishop a shoemaker but it was rebuilt by the
Rev William Stracey in 1882. He used flints that were left over after the reconstruction of the Church Tower - hence its name. It was occupied for many years by schoolmasters until Rev Stracey died in 1912 and bequeathed it to Mr Simpson.
The road outside Tower House and Birds Place Farm. Tower House.

Three Gables.

Used to be the laundry for Levishaw Manor. James Digby ived there with his wife? Sarah, who lived to be 104. After her husband´s death she moved to the other half of the cottage with her daughter Ethel and Alan Brooks took over the half which housed the laundry.


Town End.

The last houses on the Norwich Rd are known as Town End. The last one of these has a stone tablet which can be seen from the road engraved R.G. 1766, J.D. 1820, R.S.D. 1836, A.M.D. 1856, W.D. 1875, R.E.D 1893. These are probably the initials of the occupants most of whom appear to belong to a family with the surname beginning with D. The house was 3 cottages which have been put into one house with a newer bit on the north side dating from around 1850.

The White House.

This is also in Mill Street. Previous occupants were Rev Black, a curate, Miss Helen & Miss Julia Powell and Mrs Grix.

Sexton's Cottage.



Forge and Blacksmiths Cottages.

Formerly the site of the
The Whitehart or Newbridge Pub.
Forge Cottage, Brook Street.


Rose Cottage.

Rose Cottage.


Lammas Hall.

Lammas Hall.