Red Rice, Abbots Ann, Andover
This was the home of Henry Adolphus Simonds (1855-1904) until he moved to Audleys Wood in 1899. It was a fine Georgian home with a sporting estate, so the owner could indulge his passion for shooting. It was said to have been the hideaway of one of Charles II’s mistresses.
Interesting to note that there appears to be no electric light in the drawing room image.
This is a family letter to relatives in New York, explaining the horrors of the night it caught fire over Easter in 1892, written by Mary Simonds, née Turnbull (1857-1930)