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Shorncliffe Lodge, The Undercliff, Sandgate, Folkestone, England

Shorncliffe Lodge, The Undercliff, Sandgate, Folkestone, Kent, was a weekend house that belonged to Sir Edward Albert Sassoon (1855-1912) and Aline Caroline de Rothschild (1867-1909). Aline was the daughter of Gustave Samuel James de Rothschild (1829-1911) and Cécile Anspach (1840-1912).

The area had strong Rothschild connections. The Rothschilds had owned property in Kent there since early in the nineteenth century, using it as a staging point for couriers and carrier pigeons for their communication with the Continent.

Shorncliffe Lodge was purchased after Edward's successful election in a by-election at Hythe, Kent, a constituency that had been represented by Mayer de Rothschild (1818-1874) from 1859 to 1874. It was sold c.1912 by Aline and Edward's son Philip Sassoon (1888-1939) to fund the purchase of land on which he built Port Lympne Mansion, Kent.

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