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about 1660

Marriage of Henry (1) Bowdon to Mary Hewit(t) of Shireoaks

Mary’s inheritance included the estate of Harlesthorpe


before 1757

Southgate House I built, owned by Emmanuel Richardson (?)



Last Will and Testament of George Staniforth, Gentleman of Barlborough, Derbyshire, owner of Southgate House

George bequeaths Southgate House and Farm to his son Charles Staniforth



Charles Staniforth attested at Southgate House


ca. 1786

Southgate House I demolished



Southgate House in Clowne advertised to be let as a “good new built stone messuage” = Southgate House II


shortly after 1787

Henry (3) Bowdon changes residence from Beighton Fields Priory to Harlesthorpe Estate,

letting Southgate House II from Charles Staniforth’s widow first, then purchasing it



Presence of Henry (3) Bowdon attested at Harlesthorpe estate



Southgate House the Bowdon family’s home


ca. 1828/1829

until ca. 1957

Southgate Cottages (at the Avenue)



Henry (3) Bowdon mentioned as freeholder of Southgate House



John (4) Peter Bruno Bowdon of Beighton Fields Priory takes over Southgate House



Census returns list five servants at Southgate

Seven members of the Bowdon family and three servants on holiday in Scarborough



Henry (5) Bowdon owner of Southgate



Census returns list nine members of the Bowdon family (incl. visitors) and nine servants



Census returns list four members of the Bowdon family and seven servants


ca. 1861 until today

Southgate Stables



Census returns list four family members of the Bowdon family and eight servants



Auction Sale at Southgate House, John (6) Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon


ca. 1881

Southgate House standing empty, no entry in census

Land left uncultivated



Newly renovated building of Southgate House advertised to be let


1883/1884 until 1957

Toll Bar Cottage, purchased by John (6) Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon



Southgate House left to tenants (Fowler family from Whittington Hall, Chesterfield)



Census returns list nine members of the Fowler family and six servants


1900 or 1902

The Butler-Bowdons back to Southgate House



Census returns list six members of the Butler-Bowdon family and eight servants



Southgate Chapel added to the main building by John (6) Erdeswick Butler-Bowdon and his wife Monica Mary



Southgate House and its appurtenant farms and cottages attested in Land Values Map

John (6) Butler-Bowdon named as owner of Southgate Estate


ca. 1909/1910 until today

Harlesthorpe Cottages (“Lake View”)


ca. 1909/1910 until mid-50s

Cottage at Rotherham Road


ca. 1909/1910 until today

Cottage The Hermitage



Census returns list four members of the Butler-Bowdon family, one visitor and four servants



World War I

Continuance of Southgate Estate in the ownership of the Butler-Bowdon family



William Erdeswick Ignatius Butler-Bowdon owner of Southgate



Auction Sale of Southgate House and Estate with all appurtenant farms (Springfield Farm, South Walls Farm, North Walls Farm, Manor Farm, Little Walls Farm, Eastwood Cottage Farm, Hickinwood Farm), cottages and land by William Erdeswick Ignatius Butler-Bowdon,

new owner Sir Osbert Sitwell of Renishaw, Eckington



World War II

Southgate House and Stables requisitioned as housing for British military personnel by Ministry of Works

424th Battery Royal Horse Artillery (?)

Cheshire Yeomanry

Tank Corps of Middlesex Regiment

South Lancashire Regiment


until 1948

Southgate POW camp for German and Italian Prisoners of War



Nissen huts of “Southgate Camp” let to local squatters and miners



The Van Dyk brothers purchase Southgate House from the Sitwell family



The Van Dyks move to Southgate House, building greenhouses and open nursery business



Cornelis Josef Van Dyk attested as Market Gardener, Southgate House



Southgate House opens as hotel



The Van Dyk brothers sell both businesses to Dirk and Jacob Plug-Kroon



Reginald and Shelagh Ferguson proprietors of “Southgate House Hotel”



Jose and Marie Romay proprietors of “Van Dyk Hotel”


late 1970s /late 1990s

Mansfield Brewery owner of Southgate House/”Van Dyk Hotel”

Frank M and Dorothy A Smith proprietors



CPS Leisure/Eyre family buys Southgate House and runs it as “Van Dyk Hotel Ltd.”



Van Dyk’s Garden Centre and Nurseries cease to exist



Plans at Van Dyk Hotel for extensions


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