Charles Gore was an 18th century resident of Ogle House in Above Bar (image below). He was born in 1729, the only son of a wealthy Lincolnshire merchant. His marriage in 1751 which brought him £40,000 and his father’s death in 1754 which brought him most of the family estate, allowed him to give up work and left him free to indulge his two passions, sea navigation and making ship models. He moved to Southampton in 1759 taking the lease on Ogle House which then afforded fine views of Southampton Water. He spent his time constructing ships models and sailing until 1773 when he began travelling extensively in Europe, eventually settling in Germany. He died in 1807.

Ogle House, Above Bar Street

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A Contemporary drawing (c.1875) of Ogle House, Home of Charles Gore.

Newspaper clippings:

Charles Gore: A Lincolnshire-Born High Sheriff of Radnorshire - (The Radnorshire Society Transactions, 1977, v.xlvii, RCB Oliver)

see also

Further reading:
More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p81-82. (HS/h)


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