Froyle House
Rear of Froyle Houseclick on the pictures to enlarge

Froyle House from the croquet lawn

On Tuesday, 16th November, in 1915, the Froyle House Estate was sold at Auction by the London firm of Escritt & Barrell at the Forester’s Hall in the nearby town of Alton. The Froyle Archive is lucky to possess a copy of the prospectus for the sale, and it gives a unique insight into life in Froyle House at that time. It is also a valuable point of reference for the rest of the village, as many of the farms and cottages were part of the estate.
The house was sold “by direction of Mrs Burningham” and one of the postcards we have of Froyle House has a message written by Mrs Burningham on the back. The Estate is described as follows:-
“A particularly Choice Freehold, Residential, Sporting and Agricultural Property, known as Froyle House, extending to nearly 1050 acres, including a Fine Old-World Georgian House, Gardens, Parklands and Woodlands, Five excellent Farms, Small Holdings, Cottages and Accommodation Fields. The whole let and producing £1,740 per year.”
“On two sides of the Residence is a Large Verandah with glass roof, from which charming views of the Gardens and Grounds can be obtained, and frequently used for afternoon tea. The residence is lighted by Petrol Gas from an excellent installment.”
The prospectus also gives a detailed description of the interior - the menu below will give you either a downloadable Adobe Acrobat version or an online version.
The commemorative certificate presented to ER Hill following renovations in 1930 can be viewed from the menu below.
In August 2010 Sir John Smiley, who lived as a child at Froyle House between 1937 and the early 1950s, lent us two of the Smiley family photograph albums. The link below will let you choose between a web gallery, or larger pictures with more information.
Currently Froyle House is being converted into luxury apartments following the departure of the Treloar Trust.