The Lawn at Emscote

Home of The Nelson's


Compiled for the benefit of Warwickians and others by Anthony James Leahy


Emscote Lawn



The Lawn at Emscote was home to the Nelson Family, being in residence there from 1844 up until the early 1920ís.

Originally leasing the property, they bought it outright, around 1880. This was at one of the most profitable periods in the Nelson business history.

The Lawn was remodelled and extended, in the later part of the nineteenth century, mainly by George Henry.

The central portion was the original 5-bay house. c1844

The West Wing being the first addition, built around 1872 followed by the East Wing in1888.

Both Wings as well as the Lodge, (built around 1869) are early examples of construction with concrete blocks.

The interior was also redesigned, retaining the cantilevered staircase, with cast-iron balustrade.

Later, it became Emscote Lawn school.

Gilbert Sydney Farnfield was the founder of the School. He purchased the Lawn from the Nelson Family relocating from the site of the Guide Dogs for the Blind just across the river in Leamington. Geoffrey Farnfield was head of the Junior school until the late 1960's/70's.

Jonathan, Christopher and his brother Patrick were the sons of Denis Riley and Joan Farnfield, Geoffrey Farnfield's niece.

The school was run Headmaster Jonathon Riley and his brother Christopher.

The Lawn was listed in July 1999.

The Lawn is notable for its many trees,

a theme that was a constant with Nelson properties throughout the world.

Common Limes, still line the former drive,

With Giant Redwoods, an Oak, Cedars, as well as a dead weeping ash.


The Lawn at Emscote 2009







 View of the Lawn with Emscote Mills in the Background 

The grounds were redeveloped for housing with the house and part of the lawns being retained.

Emscote Lawn Prep School occupied the grounds for many years prior to its controversial sale.

View of the Lodge at Emscote




Avenue of trees that once led to the House.


View of the House across the Lawn late September 2009


The Lawn Jan 2010


View of the House from the Avenue pictured right (Emscote)


View of the House from across the Lawn at Emscote


"Reworked and enhanced  by ajl  - PH352/187/287 reproduced by kind permission of the Warwickshire County Record Office",

Emscote Lawn around 1910



The Lawn at Emscote 1999

Home of Emscote Lawn School

Photographs Courtesy of Terry Gardner


Closure of Emscote Lawn School


















The Nelsons of Warwick

Thursday June 5th 2014 at 2pm  Lord Leycester Hospital High Street Warwick.

Anthony Leahy and Edward Montague (Sam) Nelson





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Rediscovering the Gelatine Factory



The Gelatine Factory

A comprehensive account 1899

from Round About Warwick


George Nelson



Nelson's Emscote Mills 2009



T B Dale


Charles Nelson's

Cement Works at Stockton


The Nelson Brothers


William Nelson


George H Nelson


Sir E Montague Nelson

E M (Sam) Nelson


A Visit to

Messrs. G. Nelson, Dale & Co. 1880



Nelson Works

Tomoana New Zealand


Guy Montague Nelson

Nelson Village

Charles St, Warwick


The Lawn at Emscote


Nelson's Lozenges

 packaging & adds

Nelson's Club

Isinglass Wars

Swinborne v Nelson


Nelson's 1950's

Warwick Advertiser account 1953



Descendants of George Nelson


George Wyatt A city trade jubilee



Nelson's Heritage Walk


Gelatine and its uses


Davis Gelatine


Sir E Montague Nelson's Scrapbook Circa 1882

Nelson Gym

Nelson Patents


The Nelsons of Warwick Timeline





Walter Nelson




Home Comforts


Mary Hooper



Mary Hooper Letters

 Mary Hooper Book Collection


Nelson's Home Comforts

Mary Hooper


Wives and Housewives

Mary Hooper


Little Dinners

Mary Hooper


Cookery for Invalids

Mary Hooper


Every Day Meals

Mary Hooper


Hints on Cookery

Mary Hooper

Good Plain Cookery

Mary Hooper


Handbook for the

Breakfast Table

Mary Hooper


Weekly Telegraph

Cookery Book

Mary Hooper

Our Dog Prin

Mary Hooper

Ways & Tricks of Animals

Mary Hooper


Lily's Letters from the Farm

Mary Hooper

Charles Wentworth Wass

Round About Warwick

Mary Hooper Books Wanted

Fleur De Lys

The Pie Factory at Emscote

Nelson Story

In Brief


Nelsons Story


Nelson's Home Comforts

From Beginning To End


Cookery & Home Comforts

Mrs Wigley

Rock's Royal Cabinet

Leamington & Warwick 1880



Anthony Leahy



Anthony Leahy


Art & Photography

Anthony Leahy


A Major Arcana

Kathleen Forrest


The Drumroom

Anthony Leahy










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