Stockgrove Park House and adjacent properties

Near Heath and Reach

Leighton Buzzard

Bedfordshire / Buckinghamshire border

OS grid ref: SP 9130
Latitude: 51 57' 26" N Longitude: 0 40' 8" W

Click here to see examples of light pollution local to Stockgrove Park

Click here to see maps of Stockgrove in 1924 and 1880

Stockgrove Park House originally looked like this:

View from the south c1910 Close-up c1910

Picket Lodge c1940

View from the north c1910

Picket Lodge (South entrance) c1910

In the 1920s Sir Michael Kroyer-Kielberg KBE (1882-1958) commissioned the architect William Curtis-Green to design and build a new house and estate.

An aerial view (looking south east) of the new estate is shown below:

Stockgrove from the air c1950
Photograph believed to have been taken in the early 1950s Stockgrove from the air in 1994

Various views of the replacement Stockgrove House:

 
View from the north Same view  
Photograph believed taken in the 1940s taken in 1994  
 
View from the south Same view  
Photograph believed taken in the 1940s taken in 1994  

During the World War II the estate was occupied by the army, and the following photographs were taken by people stationed there at that time (1940s):

Dower House c1940 Dower House 1994

Northern entrance (North Lodges) c1940

Northern entrance (North Lodges) c1994

The pond and gazebo The pergola
Army vehicles in stable yard c1940 Outside stable yard 1994
The Clock Tower c 1940 (view from the courtyard) The Clock Tower in 1994 (view from the courtyard)
   
 The Clock Tower in c 1940 (view from the north-west) The Clock Tower in 1994 (view from the north-west)
Picket Lodge (southern gates) c1910 Southern entrance gates c1940 Southern entrance gates 1994
Boathouse on the lake c1940 Swans c1940 Boathouse on the lake c1940
Stockgrove house Gazebo c1940 The swimming pool c1940

Territorial Army at Stockgrove 1939

In January 2012 I received this email from Harold Simmons:

I don't know how old the website is, but I hope you may be interested to know, if you don't already, that a Territorial Army Casualty Clearing Station, the 1st (1st London) CCS arrived at Stockgrove Park in three coaches fom the Duke of York's HQ in Chelsea at around 1 am on Saturday 2nd September 1939. I was a private soldier in that unit under the command of Lt Col Tristram Samuel. On the Sunday when was was declared the unit's name was changed to No. 10 CCS to avoid possible confusion with No 1 Regular Army CCS based at the time at Aldershot. Sir Michael Kielberg and his family had almost completed their move to the Dower or Guest House by that time. Waring and Gillow were doing all the packing.

10 CCS went to France at the end of January 1940. I was left behind with severe tonsillitis and was joined a few days later by Lt Col O.C. Link, who had recently returned to the UK from Hong Kong. I was fortunate to be promoted rapidly to help form up Nos 12, 18  and 22 CCSs, finishing with the rank of WOII  before going to India and Burma with 22 at the beginning of December 1941. The RAMC had been moved to Heath House, Plantation Road and replaced at Stockgrove by commandos some months before that. 

10, 12 and 18 CCS s were all overrun by the Germans and, I believe, taken to Stalag 8B in Silesia for the rest of the war.

I shall be 92 on 1 June next (2012).

Yours sincerely

Harold Simmonds

Territorial army troops at Stockgrove

Stockgrove Generals

In the Bedfordshire archives there is an account by Grace Howell of a secret meeting of eleven Generals in a cottage in Stockwood Park c. 1941. This is almost certainly Stockgrove Park for many reasons, particularly as Bletchley Park code-breakers were stationed at Stockgrove House and also the Duncombe Arms in Great Brickhill. Click the heading to go straight to the article.

William Curtis Green RA - Architect and Draughtsman 1875 - 1960

Born Alton, Hants, 16 July 1875
Died London, 26 March 1960.
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English architect and water colourist

After studying engineering and architecture, he was articled to John Belcher. He then entered the Royal Academy schools in London and won the Bidlake Gold Medal and a travelling studentship. After extensive study tours of Spain and Italy developing his drawing skills, he returned to England in 1897. For a short period he was employed as draughtsman for The Builder before setting up his own practice in 1898. Initial commissions included a number of structures for power stations, for example Bristol Tramways Power Station (18989) and Chiswick (1904; destr.), which he designed in a classical style. He acquired a reputation for houses and contributed designs to Hampstead Garden Suburb (from 1905), Letchworth Garden City (from 1902) and municipal housing at Winchester (1919). In 1917 he became a partner in the firm of Dunn & Watson, and his work in the 1920s and 1930s was much concerned with large, mostly classically inspired office developments. He also designed a number of branches for Lloyds Bank and Barclays Bank (e.g. one in Piccadilly, London, 1922). His Wolseley House and showrooms (1921) for the Wolseley Motor Co. at 160 Piccadilly, London, won the first RIBA medal for street architecture in 1922. His largest project (1930) was the Dorchester Hotel, Park Lane, London, where he added coy Art Deco detail to the advanced reinforced-concrete structure designed by Owen Williams as well as radically altering the interior decoration. He was president of the Architectural Association (191314), vice-president of the RIBA (19234) and was elected a Royal Academician in 1933.

In 1929 he started work on Stockgrove Park estate for Sir Michael Kroyer-Kielberg, this work was completed in 1938.

An accomplished watercolourist, he exhibited repeatedly at the RA summer exhibitions and published collections of his drawings

Information taken from: http://www.artnet.com/library/03/0347/T034766.asp

Dorchester Hotel also designed by William Curtis Green

Queens Hotel Leeds

Sir Ferdinand Michael Kroyer-Kielberg KBE (1882-1958)

Kroyer-Kielberg commissioned William Curtis Green to design the replacement Stockgrove Estate
He lived at Brook House, Park Lane, London W.l. and also at 9-5 Orchard Court, Portman Square, London, W.l
He died on 19 May 1958 this date at 9-5 Orchard Court, Portman Square, London, W.l.

Plans of the North Lodges

Plans of the Stable Yard

 

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For more information contact: Sheridan Williams at: stockgrove@clock-tower.com