The Gables is an imposing detached gentleman’s residence that was built in 1907 for a prominent Bridport family – the foundation stone inscribed with Mr William Saunders Edwards’ name can be found to one side of the front door. Mr Edwards was the principal of Edwards Nets, who specialised in the production of sports nets, the company still producing the nets for Wimbledon. In his time Mr Edwards was a local MP and mayor of Bridport (1907-1909 and again in 1917-18), the house built to reflect his prominent standing within the community with no expense spared.
The Gables is of stone elevations beneath a tiled roof and, as is typical with homes of this period, provides well proportioned accommodation. Features include a splendid entrance hall with oak floors, oak panelling and an original oak staircase. A particular feature of the property is the superb plasterwork on the ceilings in the formal rooms and mullion windows, including a bay window with window seat in the drawing room. This room also has an original wood panelled fireplace with decorative tiles and a wood burning stove. The Gables has been subject to extensive restorative work by the present and previous owners who have brought this Edwardian masterpiece back to its former glory.
Out of the blue I recently received the following email (from New Zealand) and the pictures below – good to hear more of the history of this wonderful house!
Dear Mrs Everitt:
I came across your website and thought you might be interested to see the attached – obviously with an Edwards’ net! In 1929 my mother was an au pair for the Edwards’ daughter and son-in-law (and their young son) who lived at ‘Ways End’ in Bridport. We now live in New Zealand but when living in the UK in the early ‘90s found Ways End when visiting; my Mum knew where to go. I am not sure now where it was. There are several outdoor pictures of The Gables; indeed a lovely home then, and certainly now – looking at your website. I hope you have many visitors! Mum always spoke warmly of the Edwards who were certainly important folk in Bridport for several reasons.