Summerfields House

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Bohemia House was constructed by Admiral Collingwood and eventually became the residence of Wastel Brisco. In the twelve weeks from the 6th of May 1830 to the 26th of July 1830[1], it was occupied by the Princess Sophia of Gloucester[2][3]. Part of the boundary wall was known to have been constructed by the local bricklayer John Jinks, who was, for a period, described as Wastel's right-hand man[3]. It was subsequently enlarged to become Summerfields House.[4]

The walled garden was especially noted during 1898 for the 'upside down' pear trees that adorned one of the walls, the roots being near the top of the wall in soil and the fruit growing some thirteen or fourteen feet below[5]. The same reference as that of the pear trees noted that the 'Roman Baths' located within the wooded grounds of the house as being of unknown antiquity - this is now known to be a falsehood and the baths and well were undoubtedly constructed as a folly by one of the occupants of the house. It is certainly documented in the same press report that one of the the 'features' of the baths (now lost) - that of the dressing room was constructed by Capt. Brisco in the 1850s when he used to bath daily in the spring waters. Much of the bath's structure has been lost to later decay and vandalism, so a verbatim description of the feature in 1898 is below: Expansion depth limit exceeded<blockquote class="templatequote" {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|style="{{{Expansion depth limit exceeded}}}"}}>{{Expansion depth limit exceeded|{{Expansion depth limit exceeded|Error: No text given for quotation (or equals sign used in the actual argument to an unnamed parameter)}}}}{{Expansion depth limit exceeded|{{Expansion depth limit exceeded|Expansion depth limit exceeded}}

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Following the use of the property as a residence, the buildings were used as a preparatory school. The building for a short period in 1971 became the annex to Woodlands School for first-year pupils.

Being demolished in 1972, only the ice house, walled garden (which has been partially restored and restored to usage) ponds, boundary walls and the folly of the Roman baths exist on the site currently.


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References & Notes

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  1. Brett Manuscript Histories Vol 1 Chapt. V Pg. 34
  2. Osborne's Visitor's Guide to Hastings and St Leonards c1854 3rd ed. {{Expansion depth limit exceeded| Pg. {{{Expansion depth limit exceeded}}} |}} {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|KJxYAAAAcAAJ}}
  3. a b Brett Manuscript Histories Vol 1. Chapt. IV Pg.107
  4. Bohemia & Brisco
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