1899 – 1929

1899 – 1929


The Westbrooks, a long-standing Droxford family, briefly own Fir Hill.


Captain Frederick Mackenzie-Grieves buys Fir Hill with his wife, Charlotte, in 1899 and instigates some further renovations. Their son, Lt Commander Kenneth Mackenzie-Grieves attempts the first non-stop transatlantic flight with pilot Harry Hawker.



Postcard of Fir Hill in about 1900. Note the Victorian large plate windows, the glasshouse and the brick ha-ha. Windows now restored to Georgian style, ha-ha removed and glasshouse reinstated.

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