Acacia House, Bottesford

Acacia House, Bottesford
This catalogue record comes from: Bottesford Local History Archive

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  • Looks like Acacia House before the planting of conifers in the front garden and the replacement of the concrete block front wall

    By David Middleton (12/04/2015)
  • Yes you are right, David, it is Acacia House, the home of the Marsh family. As teenagers growing up in Bottesford, it was a favourite meeting spot across the road on the other wall that was boundary wall of the Rutland Hotel. In fact that wall was the scene of many accidents of cars and lorries coming from Nottingham.

    By Michael Bradshaw (12/04/2015)
  • I lived in Acacia house with my parents George and May Marsh and my brother Fred from 1942 to 1951. We stayed there living with my grand parent Lily Marsh, who’s house it was for a great many years more until she died age 93 (I think). Lily Marsh survived her husband George Marsh senior who died when I was only 4 years old. My uncle Alec Marsh (Lily’s second son) moved back into the family home with his mother Lily from about 1966.

    By June King (nee June Marsh) (24/08/2020)
  • My Great grandmother, Jane Welch (nee Barber), was living at Acacia House when she died on Aug 28, 1951 at the age of 94. I wonder what her relationship was to the Marsh’s?

    By John Welch (13/04/2021)
  • in reply to John Welch 13/04/2021 I spoke with my mother June King (nee Marsh) who remembers that Granny Welch was indeed living there with them at the same time but she was renting the extended wing to the rear of Acacia House which was rented out to Granny Welch’s family, the Swanwicks. Mum does not think she was any relation to the Marsh’s but this confirms she was indeed in the house. The rear section I think is now sold off separately as Acacia Cottage 14 Market Street. Acacia House is number 2.
    June and her brother Frederic George Marsh lived there with their Parents, George Earnest junior (eldest son of senior) and May Marsh (nee Brackenbury) between 1942 and 1954. Mrs Lily Marsh also lived in the house as widow of George Senior (it was actually her house then) asked her son George and his wife May and the two children to move in with her to manage the estate, also this avoided Lily Marsh having to have evacuees from London in the house with her.

    By Philip King (10/01/2023)
  • Dear Philip, Thanks very much for adding your comments, and for those of your mother, June King. They add to the information contributed by Angela Marsh back in 2008 about the Marsh family – you can find these by typing ‘The Marsh family’ into the search box in the header of this website. The picture at the top of this page shows Acacia House as it was displayed in the catalogue of the Duke of Rutland’s great sale in 1920. It stands behind an ugly (to my eye) block wall, there is a garage/shed to the rear at the northern (left hand) end, and no extension visible at the southern (right hand) end. Since those days, the block wall has been replaced by a brick wall, the rear extension at the northern end has replaced the garage, and the orangery has been added to the rear at the southern end. I recall that when we moved to the village in 1999, Acacia House was largely hidden by the leylandia and other shrubs to the front of the house, but the present owners have cleared these so now the house can be admired from the street, as indeed it deserves to be.
    Curiosity got the better of me, and I have done a bit of searching on old maps and in trade directories and the censuses. Acacia House is of mid-Victorian age. It is not shown in the c.1800 map reproduced in The Book of Bottesford by Michael Honeybone, but is on the c.1884 OS map of the village. It is named Acacia House in the 1881 census of Bottesford, when the owners were retired farmer Francis Vincent (aged 72) and his wife Caroline (62) plus two servants. In the 1891 census it was called Vincent’s House: Francis (86), Caroline (72) and their daughter Rebecca A. Vincent (27 years old) were at home, with two visitors, solicitor George W Hickson (30) and Mary A Marsh (a widow, aged 42) plus two domestic servants.
    In 1901, Rebecca A Hickson (37) had left Vincent (Acacia) House and was head of the household at The Elms, further along Belvoir Road, with her children Marjorie V Hickson (8) and Francis V Hickson (7). The ‘V’ presumably stands for Vincent, their mother’s maiden name used here as a christian name. Evidently,Rebecca and George had married and moved to the The Elms, and then George had died some time after 1894. Acacia House was not named in the 1901 census, but it may well be the house recorded as 1 Belvoir Road, which was owned by Charles and Clara Etches and their family, Charles wealthy enough to be ‘living on his own means’. Also present was Clara’s widower father Frederick Gilman (68), also ‘living on his own means’. By 1811, we find 1 Belvoir Road occupied by Frederick Gilman (now 78) and his new wife Anne (63), both described as of ‘private means’, with their adopted daughter Mary Bristow (7) and one servant Edith Furmidge.
    The name Acacia House was recorded again in Kelly’s Directory in 1932 and 1936 (when the owner was farmer William Hallam) but was omitted in Kelly’s 1928 directory.
    With best wishes, Neil Fortey

    By Neil Fortey (12/01/2023)
  • Dear Neil, Michael here. I wanted to contact you and send a photo, so can you please send me your email as for some reason it has gone into cyber space.
    Regards Michael.

    By Michael Bradshaw (20/01/2023)
  • Hi Michael,
    Please use the more recent address I sent you via my last email. I hadn’t realised there was a problem. I sort of assumed everyone knew the new one, an apologise for getting it a bit wrong. Best wishes, Neil

    By Neil Fortey (28/01/2023)

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