In late 1892 or early 1893 Augustus Hills Cobbold (1854 - 1931) and his third wife Ellen Stanley nee Townsend (1857 - 1933) purchased Brownhill House in Nursling near Southampton which stood in about 4 acres of open country through which ran a little brook, and set about planting a flower garden and a water garden.  Their two children and five of their six grandchildren were born at Brownhill House.

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