‘Big Fredville’ House was used as a girls boarding schoolfrom the mid-1920′s after the Plumptre family moved to the nearby newly built “Little Fredville” house, Georgette “Googy” Withers was a pupil there around 1929 to 1930 just prior to beginning her long career.
“Googy” was a successful stage, film and T.V. actress known in the 1940’s as “the best bad girl in British films” and was still performing in the West End with Vanessa Redgrave in 2002. She died aged 92 in Australia in 2011.
At the out-break of the Second World War in 1939 the old mansion house was requisitioned by the Government and soon occupied by the Canadian Army, but shortly after they moved in the house was unfortunately badly damaged by fire and was eventually demolished in 1945. However, the clock tower, coach house, stable yard and out buildings escaped demolition and are now houses and workshops.