Rougemont House still exists. In 1881 the address would have been Bradninch
Place which was the Precinct of Bradninch, the area close to Rougemont
Castle in the centre of Exeter, and was owned by the Duchy of Cornwall. The
Head of the Duchy in Devon had the title Bradninch, hence the name for this
very small area with a population of only 41 in 1811. Researchers at the
Devon Record Office would know the property as it is adjacent to the
building that contains the Record Office.
Rougemont House was built in the 1770's by John Patch a distinguished
surgeon and after his death was bought by Edmund Grainger a wine merchant,
who modernised the building circa 1810. In 1910 the City purchased the house
and gardens from Richard Somers Gard an Exeter M. P. and it has since served
as a school, a library and part of the City Museum. Is it possible that Mary
E Gard was the mother of Richard?
Graham J. H. Parnell in Silverton, Devon
Can any lister based around Exeter give me any information regarding a house
named "Rougemont House" which in 1881 was inhabited by Mary E GARD, a widow
aged 72, born at Algar Kirk, Lincoln, and her cousin Eliza C. OUTHWAITE.
The census is for Exeter St Paul and the house would seem to have been in
the vicinity of Bradninch Place, Castle St , Castle Yard. The enumerator
must have gone Gandy St. Bradninch Pl. Rougemont House, Castle St.
Hope someone out there can help.
Judith Stichbury in a damp and windy NZ