The Dudley Family
Between c.1830 and c.1940, Broadfield House was the home of the Dudley family, who held farming and industrial interests. In the 1841 census Robert Dudley was described as a Nail Merchant. The household consisted of Robert, his wife Elizabeth, and his grown up sons, Robert and George. They also had 3 male and 3 female servants living in.
In the 1891 census the household comprised Louisa Dudley, her sons George and Robert, the former described as a Nail Manufacturer, a cook, housemaid and under-maid. Florence Kate Dudley, George’s wife, was the last member of the Dudley family to live at Broadfield House. The Dudleys were keen gardeners and the grounds were beautifully kept.