Accommodation for the coachman and cook
The Rev. Hudson Heaven built the original bungalow in 1893, partly as an overflow for Millcombe House and partly as accommodation for Mr and Mrs Ward, the coachman/gardener and cook. Visiting Heaven children with their nurse would stay and eat here whilst Mr Heaven used the sitting room as his study. At that time, the bungalow was connected to Millcombe House by telephone.
After the Heavens left Lundy, the bungalow was used by staff or for letting. Mr Martin Harman later named it `Brambles' as its garden became something of a jungle.
One of the greatest problems that the Landmark faced after it took over the administration of Lundy was where to house the extra men needed to do the work. A pair of cedar villas was commissioned from a firm called Timbaform on the mainland, built to Philip Jebb’s designs in a similar style to the original, including an east-facing verandah. The new buildings were shipped over in January 1971 and assembled as one on the island. The new island agent, Ian Grainger who succeeded Mr Gade following his retirement in 1971, moved in with his family. When Mr Grainger's successor retired in 1982, Bramble Villa was divided and since then has been let for holidays as two self-contained cottages, each for four people.
To help with Bramble Villa, and indeed with all the works that were to follow on Lundy, Philip Jebb brought in the Quantity Surveyor Theo Williams, of Bare, Leaning and Bare of Bath. Theo Williams and his family became regular Lundy visitors, besides doing much other work for Landmark, and he was appointed one of its Trustees in 1989. Theo served as Trustee for thirteen years and as a happy postscript before his retirement from the Board in September 2002, was awarded an OBE in recognition for his unstinting service as a Landmark Trustee.
In the event, it was the new agent, Ian Grainger, who moved into the new Bramble Villa. Mr Gade retired in 1971, but there was no question of his leaving the island. Somewhere had to be found for his replacement therefore, and Brambles was the obvious answer. Like its predecessor it could be divided into two, and since 1982 has formed two cottages, each for four people.
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