Birth of George John Musgrove at Bedford Lodge Balham
birth certificate of George John Musgrove second son of George and Emily.
George was born on the 6th September 1875. George and Emily were still
living at Bedford Lodge Balham. George John Musgrove was baptised on 22nd
September at St Marks Church Kennington. Its interesting to note that
none of George and Emily's later children were ever baptised.
The maps below show the location of Bedford Lodge, located beside Balham
House in Balham Hill, later named Balham High Road. The map on the left
dates from the 1860's The map on the right is ten years later and shows
the redevelopement of the immediate area at the time George lived here.
Note that Ramsden Road had now been built through the gardens of Balham
House. George's daughter Christiana now aged eight went to the Eliza Walters
Ladies School at 19 Ramsden Road (marked in blue). Eliza Walters married
soon after and continued running the school as the Eliza Hanson Boarding
George and Emily's stay at Bedford Lodge was short. Local Directories
unfortunately don't show the Musgroves, they show Robert Sketchley living
at Bedford Lodge in 1873 and Thomas Norton living there in 1878. In November
1876 Emily Sophia Musgrove was born in Hatfield Peverel Essex so they
had left Balham by this date. However Christiana remained at the Boarding
School until about 1884. Bedford Lodge was demolished in 1886 when the
shops in Balham Court Terrace were extended eastwards. Balham House was
later demolished and is the site of the current Balham Library. Balham
Court Terrace was also later demolished and is now a large car park for
the library and the supermarket built over Bedford Lodge and adjoining