1-21 Lower Road
These houses were built before 1881 on a meadow known as Ox Close. They were named Montgomery Terrace after George Herbert, the 13th Earl of Pembroke who also had the title 10th Earl of Montgomery.
Before he reached the age of majority, young George made two voyages to the South Pacific, accompanied by his constant companion in travel, Dr George Kingsley. The second voyage ended in shipwreck and the total loss of the yacht on a coral reef in the Fijian Ringgold Islands. The yacht’s rowing boats were undamaged and all on board managed to reach an uninhabited island not marked on the charts. After ten days the weather improved, and the castaways set sail into the unknown and, miraculously, were picked up by a Swedish schooner.