Memories of Fazeley, written by Joseph T. Hunter in August 2008 when he was 88 years old.

Jimmy Lupane the Estate Agent

The estate agent lived at Drayton House, the large double fronted house that stands on the opposite side of the road to the swivel bridge, near Drayton Bassett.

It is said that at the start of the First World War, the current estate agent joined the army and Jimmy Lupane, an Irishman, successfully applied for the position.

He arrived at Tamworth railway station with his meagre possessions which he pulled on a handcart to Drayton Manor and he was to remain on the estate for the next 30 years.

He was a small man of around 5' 2'' and was a special constable during the war. He was to die a richer man than 'Bandsman Peel' for he died penniless.

During the time that ' Bandsman Peel' lived at the Swiss Lodge ( 1925-1934) his only son came to visit occasionally, I suspect he spent most of his school holidays from Harrow with his grandmother in Switzerland. Jimmy Lupane and his wife and brother in law Tony came to live at the Swiss Lodge after the 5th peel had passed away, formally he resided at Burleigh Lodge off the Sutton Road at Mile Oak.

He was an astute investor and was said to have been a rich man, but after his death a niece came over from Ireland but could find no sign of wealth.