The Hermitage Mystery

Noted as being the Howard Family, The Hermitage, Hermitage Lane. Believe there is a connection to the Baggaley family also from Mansfield. Can anyone add anymore information?

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  • This was Hermitage House, home to the late Colonel and Mrs Vallance, to whom my late grandmother was housekeeper and lived on site. They held lively parties here, and entertained some famous persons and antiquarians, the famous explorer/historian?? Sir Mortimer Wheeler, and a regular luncheon guest was Mr Sooby, of the estate agents, Crampton, Sooby and Eastgate. They employed a driver/gardener called “Ken” who accompanied Colonel Vallance on his duties as holder of an honorary commission in the Territorial Army, acting as his batman. My late gran cooked, prepared shoot lunches, game brought back from the often attended shoots and much more. This was her retirement from service, from which she had looked after a Jewish diamond merchant in her early teens in London, seeing great music hall acts of the day at Drury Lane, Marie Lloyd, Harold Lloyd and many more. Working as a cook on the Isle of Wight also, but her time in domestic service ended at the Hermitage.

    By John (10/01/2019)
  • In the early 60s Col.Vallance the solicitor lived there

    By John Pollard (07/11/2018)
  • Looks very much like the house which is next to the lower dam at Kings Mill reservoir. The path that runs alongside its wall used to take you through a small tunnel to Hermitage Lane. It’s now been gated off. A large stone wall runs along the side of the house.

    By Shaun Smith (01/05/2018)

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