69 Wing Road Linslade
69 Wing Road October 2008
69 Wing Road is also known as Warwick House. It was presumably built in the latter half of the 19th century as Linslade expanded with the coming of the railways. In 1896 the household furniture of the former occupier, James McCubbin, who had died was inventoried and valued [BML10/44/98]. He had been a draper and had had his shop on the premises. The inventory for the ground floor rooms makes interesting reading:
Hearthrug; square of druggett; the Brussels Carpet to room; iron fender; fire irons and ash pan; six mahogany framed dining room chairs; two easy chairs; sofa in crétonne with cover, pillows and bolster; upright clock in inlaid mahogany case; box ottoman; mahogany sideboard with drawers, cupboard and cellarette; two dishes; flower pot vase and stand; photo in frame; two vases; plated liqueur stand and three cruets (damaged); picture and stand; inkstand and two glass cruets; three dishes; silver cup under glass shade; a four tier mahogany whatnot; two glass jugs; butter dish and glass shade; two ornaments; two cake dishes; sugar basin; glass centre dish; four glass dishes; celery glass; two vases; four fruit dishes; seven fruit plates; large fruit dish; cucumber dish; tea caddy; folding chair and cushion; pair of red cloth curtains and pair of lace curtains; small two leaf table; flower pot stand; table cover; mahogany curtain pole and rings; pianoforte in mahogany case; music stool; ten vases and ornaments; pier glass in wood frame; two letter racks; set of buff, gold and white tea service, 46 pieces; twelve fluted breakfast cups and saucers; china teapot; sundry odd tea and breakfast service; mahogany extending table with extra leaf; American cloth and cloth covers; three oil paintings, portraits, in gold frames; two oleographs in frames; four Masonic certificates framed; three portraits in frames; small oil painting in gilt frame; five small portraits in frames; portrait and print in gilt frames; print in gilt frame "H.R.H. The Prince of Wales"; three small framed pictures
In the Sideboard: two cut glass decanters; six port glasses; five liqueur glasses; ten Champagne glasses; five sherry glasses; five odd wine glasses; eighteen tumblers; two wine glasses; spirit measure; three decanters; two glass water bottles; two other water bottles and odd bottles; pair pickle cruets;
Books: Acts and Industries two volumes; Pictorial Museum two volumes; Ladies' Newspaper eleven volumes; Tales of the Border three volumes; sundry volumes of bound magazines
Three bordered cocoa mats and one other; treadle sewing machine; mahogany hat and umbrella stand; photo in frame "Masonic Group"; wheel barometer; iron umbrella stand; photo in frame "Linslade Parish Council"; print in oak frame "Lord Rothschild"; door porter; two prints in frames.
Brussels carpet to room; hearth rug; fender and fire irons; five shell ornaments; pair of lustres; marble and gilt clock under shade; two pairs of vases; pair of china figures; pair of Parian vases; chimney glass in gilt frame; rosewood card table; Japanned coal vase and scoop; pair bellows and hearth brush; pair of ornaments under shades; coal vase and shovel; inkstand; four photos in frames; tea cosy; pair stuffed pheasants under glass shade; inlaid occasional table; two stuffed fish; flower pot vase; sundry ornaments; two pairs of lace curtains; brass curtain pole and rings; oval walnut table; two photos; card tray; Family Bible; small mahogany stand; case of stuffed birds; teapot stand and ornament; six mahogany frame drawing room chairs; two easy chairs; couch; sofa blanket and cushion; cane seated chair; a four tier walnut whatnot; three vases; small jug; pair china baskets; part set of green and gold dessert service, seventeen pieces; small table; pianoforte in walnut case (damaged); music stool; two skin mats; horse's hoof under glass shade, mounted; pair of ornaments; tapestry fire screen; walnut sideboard with marble top; plate glass panels and back; stuffed dog; two dishes; oval centre pieces and sundry ornaments; pair of specimen glasses and two flower glasses
In Sideboard: nine dishes and plates; six cups and saucers; fifty eight pieces of odd tea and breakfast service; six old china saucers.
Counter as fixed; the range of shelving as fitted round room and boot cupboard; iron safe; old bureau; two chairs; two stools; step ladder; iron fender; racing saddle; snaffle bridle; bridle head and bit; martingale; two whips; looking glass; old chest of drawers
Carpet and linoleum to room; hearth rug; fender; fire irons, guard and plate warmer; copper boiler; two tea kettles; tin boiler; copper kettle; iron saucepan; two copper skillets; two old saucepans; three copper saucepans; three brass candlesticks; four trays; print in frame "Leighton Buzzard"; cane seated chair; rocking chair; three Windsor chairs; two elbow chairs; old mahogany easy chair; old chair; oilcloth dresser cover; sixty three pieces of blue and white dinner service; set of three fluted jugs; set of three ivy pattern jugs; three odd jugs; hot water jug; copper warming pan; a two leaf mahogany table; four large trays; sundry boxes; circular mahogany table and cover; deal cupboard; knife box and a quantity of knives and forks; set of dinner mats; carver and fork; six plated table spoons; six plated dessert spoons; six plated table forks; six metal forks; eleven small white handled knives; six large white handled knives; bird knife and fork; plated pickle fork; six plated dessert spoons; six plated table spoons; one dozen dessert forks; six dozen table forks; six dozen dessert spoons; six dozen tea spoons; six white handled knives; Dutch oven; quantity of jars and bottles; six tumblers; quantity of odd crockery; six breakfast cups and saucers; sixteen plates; sundry odd crockery; four glass jugs.
Quantity of brown jars; two salting leads; meat safe; fire basket; quantity of bottles; five frying pans; gridiron; three brooms
Plate rack; fifteen dishes; twenty eight plates; two filters; two small zinc baths; bowl; can; pail; tin boiler; two copper kettles; two tin colanders; slice; enamelled saucepan; two candlesticks; hot water bottle; crimping machine; patent mangle; deal table; old chair; gas stove; patent mangle; four large zinc washing baths; turbot kettle; old chair; water can; old cupboard; two zinc pails.
The whole contents of the house and grounds were valued at £139/14/-
69 Wing Road Warwick House October 2008
If McCubbin's shop seemed a little empty it was probably because his main place of business was his outfitter's shop at 35 High Street, Leighton Buzzard. The 1891 census shows that McCubbin was then aged 60 and had been born in Stratford-upon-Avon [Warwickshire], circumstantial evidence that he was, perhaps the first one to live in the property and gave it its name. His wife, Harriett, aged 58 came from Leighton Buzzard suggesting that he had lived in the area for many years, their children were Florence, aged 21 and born in Linslade and Ernest, 19, born in Linslade and apprenticed to his father. The family had one general domestic servant living with them - Albert Allen, 21, born in Leighton Buzzard.
In 2008 Warwick House was sold and was described as containing a pillared portico entrance with terrazo tiled step; an entrance hall; a drawing room with "original white marble fireplace and mantel with ceramic tiled hearth and wrought iron fireplace with glazed insert"; a dining room "with original brown marble fire surround and mantel with ornate cast-iron fireplace with quarry tied hearth"; kitchen/breakfast room; sitting room; conservatory; rear lobby; cellar; utility room; shower room and cloakroom. Upstairs were four bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower/dressing room, a family bathroom and a separate w.c.; the garage was converted from the old coach-house with a workshop area to the rear and a loft over and the rear garden was around 100 feet long with horse chestnut trees and fruit trees.
Kelly's Directory reveals that Samuel Bunker of Bunker Brothers, cattle dealers was in occupation from at least 1931 until at least 1939.