1839 – 1862 Henry Budd
When Twickenham Park was purchased by the Todd family it was mainly used as a second home. As early as 1832 they advertised the mansion to be Let unfurnished but there was no apparent interest.
By 1835 advertisments were still being placed in newspapers to Let Twickenham Park Mansion.
In June 1837 the mansion and surrounding estate were advertised for sale by auction. It appears the Todd family had no further reason for retaining the property.
1839 Henry Budd buys Twickenham Park
A wealthy London family named the Budd’s were to purchase Twickenham Park around 1837/38. The family at this time lived at 35 Russell Square London and had a seaside property in Marine Parade Brighton. They appear to have purchased Twickenham Park as a secondary home much like the Todds had done.
The Budd family consisted of Henry and his wife Charlotte. Their surviving children at this time were Charlotte (born 1809), William (born 1811), Edward (born 1812) and Emmeline (born 1816).
The Budds are first shown in Twickenham Rate Books in 1839. He is listed at the end of Park Road. (see below)
The above 1840 Pigots Directory for Sussex lists Henry Budd esq at 122 Marine Parade Brighton. Note his surname incorrectly spelt Budds.
The Budd family are shown below on the 1841 census at 122 Marine Parade Brighton. Henry and his wife Charlotte are present with their children Edward, Charlotte and Emmeline. Their son William had married in 1838 and was living in Hammersmith.
The 1840 Electoral Register below shows that Henry Budd was now renting out the mansion at Twickenham Park to Abel Bailey esq who remained the tenant for the next few years.
1862 death of Henry Budd
Following the death of his wife charlotte in 1848, two of his daughters died. Emmeline aged 25 in 1851 and Charlotte aged 30 in 1854.
Henry lived until 1862 when he died in London. In his Will his estate was valued £200;000 which would be tens of millions today. The Will divided his estates between his only surviving children, namely his sons William and Edward. Henry added a final stipulation that should either of his sons grow a moustache they would forfeit their share which would revert to the other brother.
The newspapers reported this in some detail at the time, and it was still worthy of news 20 years later in 1882.
Below is the final section of Henry Budd’s Will detailing the moustache clause.
Henry Budd was buried in the Budd family mausoleum at St Matthews Chuch Brixton, South London.
Read our story on Brixton’s Budd Mausoleum here.
Below is the mansion at Pepper Park Berkshire. This is named in the Will as one of the Estates being left to Edward Budd. In fact Henry Budd had sold the Pepper Park Estate prior to his death so his son Edward did not inherit the property. Pepper Park was renamed Leighton Park and still survives as a private school between Reading and Shinfield in Berkshire.
Below is the mansion at Twickenham Park that the Budd’s purchased from the Todd’s.
This story continues with Henry’s son William Budd.