This Building is call Stratford House
and it is in Birmingham in the UK
It is listed as a grade ll* building which means
particularly important building
of more than special interest
and has been scheduled as an ancient monument
Now it is offices
but in 1601 it was built by Ambrose Rotton as a home
for him, his wife Bridget and their children.
The initials of Ambrose and Bridget are carved over the porch
and they called it Camp Hill Farm
I wonder if it looked something like this
or perhaps this in 1601
If, it was still a home
perhaps the staircase would look more like this today
Was the dining room of those years
served from a kitchen like this?
and could it look like this now?
Would Ambrose and Bridget
have had their living room looking like this?
and would current owners have it more like this?
Would a new dining room have looked like this
When once it was this?
Perhaps it would look more like this today.
It doesn't really matter though
what matters is
that we have a family tree on my Mothers side
that goes unbroken back to 1216
and smack dab in the middle of that family tree sit
Ambrose and Bridget Rotton!
The Rotton family lived in this house for 95 years
before the farm was broken up and sold
Apparently the City streets of Birmingham
are built over the paddocks that Ambrose's cattle once ran in.
Now isn't that a fascinating piece of history for my family?
UK daughter doesn't yet know
that she is going to try and get photos of the interior
but she will when she read this. LOL!!!