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The History of Upton House, part 3

In 1859 it was let to James Dearden, Member of Parliament for Rochdale.

By 1871, the Census shows that the Waters family was in residence, with the insight that this gives to the makeup of the household. Head of the house was Robert Edmund Chester Waters, aged 42, a Barrister, not practicing, and who had been born in London. His wife, Emily, was aged 41 and was born in Oxford. They had a daughter, Catherine, aged 18 , born in London.

They  were joined by Mary Lovey, a visiting Governess from Dublin, and resident in the house were 5 servants:

A Robert Goff took on a short term tenancy in 1883.

John and Caroline Bengough from Ridge, in Gloucestershire arrived in 1885 for their health. They came with their ten children suffering from consumption (known today as TB) and unhappily between 1887 and 1899 Caroline and several children died and were buried at St Michaels, Hamworthy.

The one bright note during this time was the wedding on 5th April 1894 of daughter Cecil, who, aged 28, married the Rev Thomas Henry Philpott, aged 54, the Rector of Stockleigh Pomeroy, Devon.

John returned alone to Gloucester.

Nextthe Lewellin family 1901 - 1957

Tenancies 1853 - 1901

Following the death of Sir Edward Tichborne, and during the period of the Tichborne Trials, Upton House was let to a series of tenants, starting in 1853 with the arrival of a niece of the family and her husband Lord Dormer.


  1. The Spurriers
  2. The Tichborne & Doughty period
  3. Tenancies 1853 - 1901
  4. The Llewellin family 1901 - 1957
  5. Poole Corporation 1957 - 1976
  6. Poole Council and the Friends
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