History / History of the House / 1969 to today - David & Muriel Robinson & Foley family

Previous / Next: 1950 to 1969 - Stanley-Clarke to Knowles / Timeline of Residents in History

See also: Timeline of events relating to the Robinson & Foley years

Earlscliffe residents 1969 to today

David and Muriel Robinson

David Robinson, in 2003
David Robinson, in 2003

Earlscliffe was expected to sell quickly and for a large amount of money. However, this was the late 1960s, and big houses with labour intensive gardens were not that popular. This was fortunate for David and Muriel Robinson who had decided that this was the type of challenge they needed.

Earlscliffe with its five acres was ideal but it seemed inevitable that it would be beyond their reach. Miraculously, the large well-manicured garden intimidated would-be purchasers at the time. The house did not reach its reserve at auction and David and Muriel subsequently bought it for less than the asking price. [1] They moved into Earlscliffe in 1969.

For a discussion of how the Robinsons coped with the management of the large garden at Earlscliffe see:

Baron's Brae

When their children left home and Earlscliffe became too big for them, David and Muriel Robinson built a smaller house in the 1980s in the grounds of Earlscliffe in what was an orchard. They named it “Baron’s Brae” because a Baron is less than an Earl, and a Brae is a small cliff!

They later rented out Earlscliffe and the adjoining cottage and continued to manage the gardens.

Additional Earlscliffe residents

Since the 1970s their have been many additional people who rented and lived at Earlscliffe or the adjacent cottage/mews. The following is a list of a few of them:

  • Bob and Marie Fannin
  • Wolf and Uschi Rommerskirchen-Hilbertz
  • Tony and Margot Francis
  • Bríd and Patrick Sullivan
  • Tom and Angela Kinlin and children Caroline, Kate and Chris

Fiacre's Fell

David Robinson's daughter, Karen, and her husband David Foley moved back to Earlscliffe at the end of 1993 and lived in an adjoining cottage.

They subsequently built a house adjacent to Earlscliffe which they called Fiacre's Fell.

They gave it this name partly because St. Fiacre is the patron saint of gardening, and a Fell is a sort of hillside.

However, the main reason they chose that name was that it is an anagram of Earlscliffe!

Earlscliffe garden today - the Foley family

Earlscliffe House is now owned by David and Muriel's daughter, Karen, and the garden is managed with the help of her husband, David Foley, Karen's brother Ivan, and Karen and Ivan's family.

Scrollable timeline covering related events

The following link displays a scrollable timeline related to the Robinson and Foley family, showing births, marriages, deaths and major events in their lives and in their home and working environments.

• Timeline of events relating to the Robinson & Foley years • 

Back to top

List of Earlscliffe Residents

1844 to 1896 - Bunbury McClintock et al
1896 to 1901 - John Randal Plunkett
1901 to 1922 - John Pentland Mahaffy
1922 to 1930 - CT Ovenden to Dr Webb
1930 to 1945 - Sir John Lumsden
1945 to 1949 - William Martin Murphy
1949 to 1950 - Lily Margaret Graham Gough
1950 to 1969 - Stanley-Clarke to Knowles
1969 to today - David & Muriel Robinson & Foley family
Timeline of Residents in History 

Disclaimer. Parts of the data found in these history pages has been derived from sources currently available on the internet. In researching the previous owners of Earlscliffe, certain assumptions have been made as to the validity of this internet data. If you believe that some of this data is inaccurate, please contact  .


  • [1] Title deeds and other legal documents that are currently in the possession of Karen Foley

This page was last updated on 06-Dec-2020 .