George Arthur Gale, builder, is recorded as having bought the land on which our house, and probably the three adjacent properties, stands, in 1906, from a syndicate. I have found out very little about Mr. Gale.
The London Gazette, again, tells us that Mr Gale was a builder of The Broadway, Walham Green, SW6. Walham Green doesn’t really exist anymore, it’s now called Fulham Broadway.
This London Gazette entry records Mr. Gale registering a house at “13 Gloucester-terrace, Wimbledon Park, S.W. on March 4th, 1904. I can find no record of this street.
The web site for Copthall Gardens, built on the Freake Estate in Twickenham mentions Mr. Gale. I have tried to contact the webmaster, but there are no contact details. I would love to hear from you, please contact me.
“...it looks as though the land now Copthall Gardens and possibly also Clifden Road was leased by the Freake Estate around the turn of the last century to George Gale. He appears to have been a prolific property developer based at one time in Southfields. The 1901 census lists him as builder which seems to be a little understated. He was advertising property in Twickenham, Acton, Ealing & Southfields. The 1911 census is not yet available so we don’t know where he went.
“No 66 has a record that George Gale leased the land (at 66) from the Freake Estate on 29 September 1903 for a term of 99 years. Their records show that an Arthur Stanley Vinny rented the house from Gale in January 1906.
“Kelly’s street directories have no mention of our road in 1905 but the 1906 edition contains the first listing. I have included the listings through to 1909. In 1910 the rate book for the street shows only 3 of the properties were owner occupied. A further one was owned by someone else but obviously rented out and the remainder still belonged to George Gale. You will find a couple of his adverts for the properties reproduced here. These are taken from the Richmond & Twickenham Times, one in 1905 and one for 1906.”
EDINBURGH GAZETTE, JANUARY 19, 1912 tells us of Mr Gale’s bankruptcy, not long after our house was built!