Isle of Wight Financial Society moves to central Newport

Rouse Financial Experts Limited have moved into a historic building in central Newport.

After 15 years at Mill Court Cottage in Pan Mill, he moved to Lugley House in time for his 30th birthday.

With the help and expertise of many local construction, decoration and maintenance companies, the past two months have been spent redecorating and refreshing the building, in compliance with listing rules, to give Lugley House heritage life.

Rouse Ltd said having its core and main customer base located on the island, having offices in central Newport made perfect sense.

A spokesperson said the move further cements the loyalty of Rouse’s Island and also means Lugley House is once again in the hands of a local business.

Established in 1992 as Rouse and Co, by incorporation as Rouse Limited in 1999, this latest development marks 30 years of providing independent financial advice to clients and businesses on the island, as well as clients of further away.

Lugley House was the recent island home of Sovereign Housing Association and formerly Island solicitor Roach Pittis.

Lisa Butler, director of Rouse, said: “We’re trying to piece together a cohesive journey of at least part of his time travel.

“We know it had many occupants and was used by a variety of industries, as well as providing a family home.

“We are still looking for clues and this is being pieced together gradually with the help of many people including some who worked at Lugley House at one time (or have a connection to it) as well as the Records and Records Office at Newport.’

The former garden of Lugley House, Newport, on the present Lugley Street car park.

So far, Rouse has heard of the beautiful garden at the present Lugley Street car park, the cooler, and rumors of a smugglers’ tunnel to the nearby Castle Inn.

Local legend also suggests that Lugley House has a resident ghost, known as Albert George (no one knows why), and that he plays the organ.

The house itself dates back to the late 1700s and was built by a Thomas Dickonson of Newport.

Isle of Wight County Press: The Ice House at Lugley House.The Lugley House cooler.

The Sovereign Housing Association was the latest occupant, leaving Lugley House in March 2020 when the country went into lockdown.

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