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The Lodges

Like many country houses the Red House had two lodges, one at the end of the main tree-lined drive into the house on the (now) Newton Road, the other being in Hill Lane, near the corner with Pages Lane. No pictures of the second lodge have come to light.

Picture courtesy of Express and Star

Census and residents information

The census returns indicate the lodge was normally used by the houses coachmen.

1871 census

Name Approx Dob (Age) Relation Occupation Birthplace
George Symes 1825 (46) Head Coachman Calton, Dorset, England
Jane Symes 1815 (56) Wife - Sherborne, Dorset, England
Phoebe Partridge 1857 (14) Servant General domestic servant West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England

1881 census

Name Date of Birth (age) Place of Birth Position Note
Charles Botwood abt 1842 (39) Bucknell, Shropshire, England Head Coachman
Elizabeth Botwood abt 1843 (38) Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England Wife  
Charles E. Botwood abt 1880 (8m) Great Barr, Staffordshire, England Son baby


In 1887 Harold Victor Jones was born on 25th September in the Red House Lodge. His father was Thomas Jones, Coachman,  and his mother Mary Janes Jones nee Emery.

[information provided by Alan Rigby, grandson of Thomas Jones]


1891 census

Name age Place of Birth Position Note
William Harris 42 Oxford Head Coachman
Isabella Harris 35 Castlle Bromwich, Warwickshire Wife  


1901 census

Red House Lodge No 1, Newton Road

Name age Place of Birth Position Note
Sarah Ann Field 50 Adderbury, Oxford Widow Washerwoman
Edith M Field 11 Great Barr Daughter  

 Red House Lodge (assumed on Hill Lane)

Name age Place of Birth Position Note
Alfred Richard Darlington 37 Shrewsbury, Salop Head Tailors Cutter
Laura Jane Darlington 36 Wellington, Salop Wife  

 1911 census

By 1911 the main property was in the hands of the BHSF.

One entry is listed at the Red House Cottage but it is unclear if this was one of the lodges

First name(s) Last name Relationship Marital status Sex Occupation Age Birth year Birth place  
Edward Trow Head Married Male Gardener Domestic 57 1854 Warwickshire Coldfield Sutton  
Sarah Marie Trow Wife Married Female - 56 1855 Staffordshire Himley  
Gertrude Brown Visitor Single Female Milliner 34 1877 Warwickshire Aston

 An alternative entry is for the Red House Lodge, The Hollies, Newton Road Hamstead Birmingham

First name(s) Last name Relationship Marital status Sex Occupation Age Birth year Birth place  
Addie Hickinbottom Head Married Male Carter Urban District 27 1884 Bloxwich Staffs
Sarah Ellen Hickinbottom Wife Married Female - 27 1884 Northend Warwick  
Sarah Ellen Hickinbottom Daughter - Female - 4 1907 Great Barr Staffs  
Edith Marjorie Hickinbottom Daughter - Female - 0 1911 Great Barr Staffs
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