Bloomfield Road, KT1

Place Name

Takes its name from Dorothy Blomfield, nee Cox, the half-sister of Mary Fassett (1800 – 1861) the daughter of Thomas Fassett who bought Surbiton Place from the executors of its first owner, the wealthy distiller William Roffee, he later bought The Grove. Hugo Blomfield writes to explain: “It was one of the sisters – Mary Fassett – who owned the estate and they lived there for 20 – 30 years. Her father purchased Surbiton Lodge, but he died before they moved to The Grove. Mary lived there with her half sister Isabella Cox and another woman, Fanny Lee. They are all buried in the churchyard in Kingston, although only the inscription to Isabella can now be seen. The other sister was Dorothy Blomfield, nee Cox, my great-great-great granny, married to Bishop Blomfield, but I’m not aware of him having a direct link with the area.” The Grove estate which comprised of 23 acres, on which this road was laid out was put on the market as a development opportunity by Nightingale Page and Phillips auctioneers five days after Mary’s death. However her home and a portion of its garden remained for another 90 years or so. This road was laid out sometime after 1861.

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