11. Northwood House

Northwood House was built in 1914 on the site of two thatched cottages by Benjamin Rea (of Cresswells) for Ombersley’s sub-postmistress, Orinthia Castledine, as a post office and home for herself and her brother, Arthur. Orinthia moved to become sub-postmistress of Ombersley from Ross on Wye at some time prior to 1901 and died there in 1939.

Key to the photos

  1. Thatched cottages in right foreground demolished prior to Northwood House being constructed on the site in 1914
  2. Ombersley Post Office on left prior to 1914
  3. Construction of Northwood House including space for relocation of Post Office, August 1914. Note flag flying next to chimney, raised to mark declaration of war. The man in centre of 3 on scaffold is Mr Rea of Cresswells, who built Northwood House
  4. Northwood House, including operating Post Office, possibly dated 1917
  5. Re-roofing of Northwood House in 2013, staged to reflect photo 3