It was once an imposing mansion with far-reaching views.

But Fairlea House at Taylor Hill was demolished in 1954 and all that is left is the Lodge House that was once in its grounds along with some cottages.

Now Cynthia McLaglen who lives in the Lodge House is now eager to find out more about its history if any Examiner readers can help.

She said: “The Coach House was used as a laundry at one time and Fairlea House was sold to a Mr Tinker who obtained architects drawings to augment part of the building which was pulled down in 1954.

“A person I met said she used to get permission to play in the gardens which was down the drive and through the archway and both these still exist with the Lodge House. The photo is remarkable because of the distance away it was when it was taken across the valley in Beaumont Park, where my husband worked at one time.”

Anyone who can help should contact Cynthia at

Long distance shot of Fairlea House, Taylor Hill, which can be seen on the right above some terraced houses. Photo taken from Beaumont Park. Lockwood viaduct and the cricket ground is in the foreground.