Caistor House

Roman stone in the cellar. Not been verified as part of the wall although it is in the area of the original wall

Original house late C17th (1682), front built century later

Coats of Arms of the Walpole and Wickham families

The Lion represents the Tennyson family

The first occupant, Daniel Wickham, had married a Walpole

Later occupants members of the Tennyson family. Mary Turner, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s grandmother, was born and lived here until she married George Tennyson. They moved to Tealby.

In 1835 the Rev. Charles Tennyson lived here and was granted permission to use the surname Turner.

In the Mid C19th a Dr John Mackintosh lived in the house “the surgery entrance was opposite the entrance to the Smith Ellison and Company Bank” (in Bank Lane). George Haddesley writing about the 1870’s in 1940.

The 1881 census tells us that Dr Cameron, his wife, 3 children, a cook, housemaid, nurse and groom lived here.

“… Caistor House where lived Dr. Gaman who bought the first motor car in to Caistor in 1906. When we knew he was coming down our way we would go outside to see him pass.” Jessie Bryan.

Dr Gaman died in 1910 and he was followed by Dr Fraser and then Dr. Frank in World War II.

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Mr. & Mrs. Gaman, her sister, friend, myself (?), unknown on right, sister, Rachel in mothers arms. Nurse with the pram. Celebrating the Coronation of King Edward VII 22 January 1901. Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death on 6 May 1910. He was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, which was renamed the House of Windsor by his son, George V. Before his accession to the throne, Edward held the title of Prince of Wales and was heir apparent to the throne for longer than anyone else in history.[1] During the long widowhood of his mother, Queen Victoria, he was largely excluded from political power and came to personify the fashionable, leisured elite. The Edwardian era, which covered Edward’s reign and was named after him, coincided with the start of a new century and heralded significant changes in technology and society, including powered flight and the rise of socialism and the Labour movement. Edward played a role in the modernisation of the British Home Fleet, the reform of the Army Medical Services,[2] and the reorganisation of the British army after the Second Boer War. He fostered good relations between Great Britain and other European countries, especially France, for which he was popularly called “Peacemaker”, but his relationship with his nephew, Wilhelm II of Germany, was poor. Edward presciently suspected that Wilhelm would precipitate a war, and four years after Edward’s death, World War I brought an end to the Edwardian way of life
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Sketch C1975 by Mawer, Mason & Bell of Caistor House


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Mr. & Mrs. Gaman, her sister, friend, myself (?), unknown on right, sister, Rachel in mothers arms. Nurse with the pram.
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One of the Turner family who was a resident of Caistor House. From the Rev. David Saunders collection.