Kingswood History

Family, retainers and friends at the end of the 19th Century
Family, retainers and friends at the end of the 19th Century
Family, retainers and friends at the end of the 19th Century

First mentioned in Dulwich records as Kingswood Coppice (1576). William Vizard built a Lodge here between 1811 & 1814. It was re-built as Kingswood House in the late 1800s by John Lawson Johnson & was then known as Bovril Castle. In 1919 Sir William Vestey took up residence & when he was made a Lord, took the title Baron Vestey of Kingswood, a title still held by the family

Residents of Dulwich remember having school picnics in the grounds; & Dorothy Jones, a daughter of the head groundsman, worked in the House as an under parlour maid to Lady Vestey. She remembered serving at table & peeling an orange each morning for the Lady’s early morning tea. If a member of staff married, celebrations would take place at the House, & a good time would be had by all.