BURY HOUSE (GRADE II LISTED BUILDING) CONSERVATION
 
Bury House which fronts the Gosport Community Association is a Grade II Listed Building situated in the Bury Road Conservation Area which was designated in to ensure that all future developments would ‘preserve or enhance’ the historic and architectural character of the area. Architecturally and historically, the most important buildings within section two of the Conservation Area are Bury Lodge and Bury House. Both date from the 18th century and are amongst the largest buildings in the Conservation Area. 
 
Bury House is particularly prominent due to its size and is clearly visible from many points within the Conservation Area, its setting not having been harmed in any way by the adjacent building of the Thorngate Halls.  The Trustees of the Association are keen to help  preserve Gosports heritage and would welcome assistance in investigating the history of Bury House to ensure it is documented for future generations.
 
Sadly Bury House has deteriorated over the years, mainly due to lack of finances but it is hoped that money can be found to carry out the vital restoration work needed to bring it up to an acceptable standard. Talks have taken place between the Gosport Community Association Management and the Conservation Officer to find ways of achieving this and ensuring that this historic building remains a focal point in the records of Gosports heritage.
 
The Association were recently donated four watercolours of the house, gardens and conservatory area painted in 1907.  They found their way back to Bury House at the bequest of Mrs. Hordern who resided in the property then.  Her daughter Mrs. Holden traced us to ensure that her mothers wishes were granted.  We were very grateful to receive these and thank Mrs. Holden also for a kind donation of £1,500 to put towards the restoration work of the house.
 
The Trustees feel that the people of Gosport do not recognise the full historic significance of Bury House and feel it is their duty not only to educate themselves in respect of this but the people of Gosport.
 
We have very little information on the history of the Building and its “grey lady” and we are trying to piece together information so we can have a full insight into Bury House and its past residence.  If anyone is able to help us with this project and  assist in putting Bury House back on the map as an important heritage landmark in Gosport then please telephone 023 92 510012.





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