Linden House Eversholt
Linden House February 2016
Linden House was originally listed by the Ministry of Works in October 1952, the listing being updated in March 1987. It is Grade II, of special interest. It dates from the early 18th century and was reworked later in that century, it was a farmhouse, the farm being known as Linden Farm. It is built of red brick with some vitrified brick and has a clay tiled roof. The building comprises two storeys with attics and is built in an L-shape.
In 1846 Linden Farm belonged to George Henry Ongley, Frederick Henry Ongey and John Green, the Woburn solicitor, as trustees of the estate of the late Miss Lucy Monoux (who had died in June 1843), who had owned and lived at the farm [QSR1846/1/5/8-9]. She had given the land on which Eversholt School now stands.
At this date a case was taken to Quarter Sessions concerning theft of part of an elm tree from the grounds. John Fuller of Eversholt was gardener on the estate. On Saturday 22nd November 1846 he noticed that: “part of an elm tree (the stem) was lying in the pleasure ground. Yesterday he noticed it had been chopped and part taken away and the rest moved behind a building in the grounds”. He gave information to the local policeman, Robert Henry Taylor, and asked him to watch that night. About 6 am that morning the officer informed Fuller that it was still there. Fuller went there an hour later and it was gone. Soon after 8 am Taylor showed Fuller the tree in his [Taylor’s] own yard “which he knows to be the same one”. Taylor also showed him “two pieces of wood which he knows to have been cut off the tree between Saturday and Monday”.
Taylor himself stated that when he was informed that the wood was gone he went to a house (part of the old workhouse - now the site of Linden Lodge) in Eversholt which was occupied by Charles Smith and William Millard. “He went first to an adjoining barn where Smith sleeps and saw the tree. Smith said that Millard occupied that part of the barn. Millard came in and he charged them both with stealing the tree from Mr Smart’s grounds” – William Lynn Smart being the tenant of Linden Farm at the time. Charles Smith stated that he was “in his own room in bed and knows nothing about the wood or who brought it there”. Millard said: “They can’t swear as us two took it. They found it in the barn and nobody occupies that barn.” The gaol register [QGV10/2] tells us that both men were found guilty and sentenced to three months’ hard labour.
In 1886 the tenant of Linden Farm was Thomas Henry Godfrey [SF81/1/2]. From 1902 Linden House was Eversholt Rectory in succession to the building now known as the Old Rectory and was certainly a good deal closer to the church [P42/2/4/1]. Linden House had previously belonged to the Duke of Bedford and the two buildings were exchanged, Linden House being transferred to the rector and churchwardens and the Old Rectory to the duke.
The Rating and Valuation Act 1925 specified that every building and piece of land in the country was to be assessed to determine its rateable value. The valuer visiting the Rectory [DV1/C133/6] found that it stood in just over an acre of land. The valuer commented: “Was a farmhouse”.
Accommodation comprised: three living rooms; a hall; a kitchen; a scullery; a pantry and WC; four bedrooms; a dressing room; a bathroom and a box room. Outside stood a coal and wood house and WC, a tool house, a loose box and store, a coachhouse and a range of outbuildings comprising: a fowl house; four cow standings; a loose box and three pigsties. There was also a small glasshouse. Linden House ceased to be the Rectory around 1980 when Eversholt was joined with Woburn and the Vicar of Woburn also became Rector of Eversholt.