Bayford House



Bayford House, Bayford, Hertfordshire, home of Georgina and Adelaide Randolph

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Bayford House

At the time the post card was sent the house was occupied by spinster sisters Georgina Anne Randolph (1830-1916) and Adelaide Margaret Randolph (1831-1920) together with a cook, two lady's maids, a housemaid and a kitchen maid.

The sisters were daughters of the late Rev. Thomas Randolph of Much Hadham and they are buried in Bayford Church graveyard.

Bayford House is a grade II* listed building with a late medieval rear wing incorporating rafters from C13/C14. The early C17 front range was heightened to 3 storeys in early C18, enlarged to W, refronted and given S service range. There is an early C19 staircase, porch, ground floor windows, and service extension.  The stables, also listed, have a date of 1729. More...


The above card was sent in August 1907 by Elsie to her Mother, Mrs Lawrence, 22 Uverdale Road, Kings Road, Chelsea, SW. and the message suggests the Elsie was a new domestic servant working in the house.

Elsie was probably the daughter of Charles and Lucy Lawrence who were living at 6 Church Street, Chelsea at the time of the 1901 census, when Elsie was 7. This would make her 13 at the time of the post card - so it was probably her first job. It would appear not to have been successful as she was back in Chelsea with her family at the time of the 1911 census.


Selected Trade Directory entries

1854 Renand Rev. George (Boarding School)
1866 Daniell Arthur Cecil, Esq
1878-1912 Randolph The Misses
1912 Randolph The Misses
1917 Randolph Miss
1922-1937 Drake Major Frederick Vanderstegen M.C.
1937 Drake Major Frederick Vanderstegen M.C.

The house was later occupied by Lt-Col. Sir Francis Edward Freemantle (1872-1943), previous occupier of Bedwell Park. He was M.P. for St Albans between 1919 and his death in 1943.

If you know of books, websites, etc, relating to this place, please tell me.

October 2011   Page created
May 2014   Trdae directory entries added