Diana Poulton (18 April 1903 – 15 December 1995) was an English lutenist and musicologist. A leading member of the early Music Revival and associate of Arnold Dolmetsch, she played a key role in the revival of the popularity of the lute and its music.
Then there is a further gap until the mid 50’s when Colonel (1911 – 1970) & Mrs. Sparrow moved in both ending their days here with Mrs. Sparrow dying in 1983. She was a character who kept chickens in the adjoining barn and sold farm produce from the kitchen window. She also sold off most of the land.
On 4th April 1960, Colonel Sparrow was stabbed (not fatally) by his ‘mistress’ who had moved into the flat to the rear of Walnut Tree House. Anne Burnaby, 37, a cousin of Mrs. Sparrow was a former Hollywood film script editor who had suffered a breakdown 3 years earlier. She was jailed for 1 year. Col Walter John Sparrow was also eccentric in that he owned a succession of Aston Martin sports cars and when he became unable to drive on the roads, regularly drove around the gardens. Mrs. Sparrow (???? – 1983) was a member of the Bowes Lyons family.
We believe that Mrs. Sparrow had a far longer relationship with the house and that she lived with her first husband. When redecorating the ground floor WC room, the 50’s wallpaper was stripped off to reveal the entire room papered with the newspapers featuring the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936.