Rose Cottage 1960
The following information was taken from the album recording the Micheldever Country Festival in 1984 held to raise funds for restoring St Mary's church tower.
This house was originally 3 cottages, although now it is one dwelling. According to a map of 1730 it can be seen that the boundaries of the land belonging to the house have not altered.
The oldest part of the house is in the centre, at the back. When work was done in the 1980s, a wattle and daub wall was uncovered.
The thatched roof was replaced by slates in the early 20th century.
Rose Cottage was owned for many years by Vice Admiral Sir Norman Egbert 'Ned' Denning and it was there that he died on 27 December 1979 due to the following circumstances. After separating a pair of fighting dogs he was bitten on the hand, and the resulting tetanus jab caused a reaction which set off a heart attack. There is a plaque in St Mary's in his memory.
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The 1921 Census records that John Hamilton, his wife Rebecca, and his mother-in-law Rebecca Scott (nee MacCallum) were living at Rose Cottage in 1921.
This suggests that he purchased Rose Cottage in the 1920 Baring Estate sale, presumably to bring his mother-in-law to live with them. They lived there at least until she died in 1929.
John Hamilton was the 2nd Earl of Northbrook's Steward or agent for the Stratton Estate
during the first quarter of the 20th century.
The current Lord Northbrook has Hamilton's Day Letter Book which records in detail the day-to-day running of the estate. As Steward, John Hamilton lived at West Stratton House, part of the Northbrook Estate and presumably a tied house for the agent (rent free?) probably from before 1909 but certainly from his marriage that year, when he was aged 41, until 1921.
At some point after 1929 John and Rebecca Hamilton vacated Rose Cottage and moved to the New Forest and they are recorded there in the 1939 Register. John Hamilton died at Boldre, New Forest in 1946 and his wife died in 1953, possibly in Australia.
Front door - 2006