BUCKLAND GRANGE, Spencer Road, Ryde
The 1851 census returns for Buckland Grange show Mr Alleyne Cox Yard in residence, a West India Proprietor, born in Barbados, with his wife Henrietta and two children Henrietta and Alleyne. Mr and Mrs Yard were married at St. George’s Church, Arreton in 1844, she was the daughter of Samuel Sanders.
On the 18th March 1858 Alleyne Cox Yard died and was buried at Binstead Cemetery. His widow Henrietta continued to live at Buckland Grange until the mid 1800’s, letting it out at various times during the seasons, as was common practice with the upper middle class when they were away from home. One of those being the Count and Countess Stroganoff in June 1860. By 1891 Mrs Yard was living at 4 Sidney terrace, Ryde….more about Henrietta Yard here
The next occupier of Buckland Grange was an American gentleman, Thomas Lindall Winthrop, of Boston, and his family. His great interest was in Horticulture and from 1885 his name was often mentioned as a winner at shows for his prize roses, (his gardener was named C. Pruce). He generously opened the spacious grounds at Buckland Grange to the general public for some of those shows. The last time he was recorded as participating was July 1901.
In April 1905 The house was let to Major Hugh Daly by house agents. Wallis, Riddett & Co.
The Isle of Wight Observer 10 July 1915
Garden Party – About 120 members of the P.M.E., of the Congregational Church, spent an enjoyable afternoon on Tuesday, in the grounds of Buckland Grange, Spencer-road, kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. G. R. Brigstocke. An excellent tea was partaken of.
The Isle of Wight Observer 25 December 1920 carried the following death notice:
Thomas Lindall Winthrop died 6 December 1920 at Boston, U.S.A., formerly of Buckland Grange, aged 87.
The Isle of Wight County Press 11 June 1932
To aid the funds of the Queen’s Institute of District Nursing, Sir Hugh and Lady Daly opened their grounds at Buckland Grange, Spencer-road, from 3 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, when members of the public enjoyed a tour of the charming gardens. The visitors greatly admired a splendid collection of flowering shrubs, which was one of many outstanding features.
Image source: RSHG Archive Roy Brinton Collection