The UK Land Registry is slowly digitising all the UK property records, and after doing ours they sent us the original in April 2012. We discovered that there was a conveyance of our house dated 15th May 1906 between a syndicate of four well-to-do businessmen,
John Martyn Andrew;
Seymour Pleydell Bouverie;
Arthur Freke Evans; and
Frederick Maitland Freake (Vendors);
and George Arthur Gale (Purchaser).
What started as a bit of casual web browsing has increased considerably. These five men are very interesting. It's almost an obsession, but truly fascinating. I know more about Sir Frederick Maitland Freake than anyone else. I’d be pleased to hear from you on any related topic. I believe that I have linked to any sources and not appropriated any copyright material. This is not intended to be a scholarly work so there are no detailed references. Read their individual stories. I’d love to know how their partnership was formed. Contact me
SP Bouverie was from a prominent banking family eventually incorporated in Barclays.
FM Freake, a polo Olympian in 1900 and 1908 and First World War hero, was the grandson of a builder philanthropist and son of a society figure who made scandalous world headlines in 1890. Both his immediate ancestors are discussed at length, along with their stately home, the former Fulwell Park.
GA Gale went bankrupt shortly after building our house, and is probably the same man who stood for parliament as a Liberal candidate in Fulham West in 1929.
The remaining two are much less prominent, and as of March 2013 AF Evans, solicitor, and JM Andrew, land agent, only get four Google hits each! I’ve probably increased that to ... at least five each.