Ever since we saw the image on the right we've been planning to increase the height of the smoking room / temple (see yesterday) that's the bit sticking out in the foreground. Finally got around to leaving a message on the brickie's phone today.
We believe the 'Hydro' phase was from the 1930's through to the early 50s, with a wartime gap when RAF families were billeted here. This is from the business directory of 1950.
Interested to see:
Excellent Catering for General and Vegetarian Guests - tick;
Central heating - 1950, so that'll explain these pipes then;
10 acres of beautiful grounds - just the 2 now - it's enough.
Not that long after this it became a boys home / school and it's during that phase that most of the grounds were sold off, and, as far as we can tell from the subsequent purchaser's daughter, the place trashed.