The house was let to Lady Mab (Mabel) Wormald, for eight weeks over the summer and then became the home of Harry's son, Douglas and his (second) wife Babs (née Wormald). Married in 1925, they took over the Old Court House on October 1st 1926.
Their daughter and only child of the marriage - Jean Dionis Anstruther - was born in September 1927. The family lived at The Old Court House until 1929 when the property was sold and they purchased Greyfriars in Redbourn, Hertfordshire.
The Old Court House was the home of Harry T. (Torrens) Anstruther between 1912 (when he and his wife, Eva (Hanbury-Tracy) separated) and 1926. Harry Anstruther died, in his 66th year, after an accident in March.
E. E. C. Perriman, a house guest at that time, wrote in the Anstruther Guest Book as follows:- "HTA had bad knock on the "narrows" caused by double decker towing motor bus. Turned turtle. Brought to GCH in dazed condition ... 15 March 1926."
Pictured left in the garden of The Old Court House in the late 1920s are Babs Anstruther (left) and Else Grootenhuis (née Wormald) - Babs' first cousin. Babs Anstruther subsequently became Godmother to Else's daughter, Wilma (née Grootenhuis) van Stratum who has generously contributed to the family histories on this site. (qv Wormald family lines).
|Update May 2005
Cousin, Robert Maxtone Graham (a grandson of Harry T. Anstruther) writes:
"An old friend had lunch here today, and brought with her a recent newspaper cutting advertising a house at Whitchurch that was Harry Anstruther's house -- The Old Court House. Now it's called the Priory Hotel, and is for sale. Planning permission to convert back to a private residence. 4 reception rooms, 11 bedroom suites, kitchen, 2 cellars, store room, etc. garage, enclosed gardens, ample parking.
I remember seeing the house when Claudia and I went to inspect the family grave at Whitchurch. I wonder how the eleven bedrooms were used when Harry lived there on his own."