LABURNUM HOUSE. Dating from c1828 the house, possibly designed by George Webster, is said to have contained Milnthorpe's first water closet. In the 1830s the Misses Burrow ran a girls' school here. Later residents included Dr Wilson in the 1850s, Dr McLeod c1910 and, in the interwar period, the Kendal brewer A J Miles whose son Richard won the DFC in 1941. In 1954 the house attracted worldwide attention when its tenant, Dr Edward Hopkinson, claimed, after his electricity had been cut off, to have illuminated his house by generating power from an 'atomic egg'. Eventually, after a sensational trial, 'Dr Hoppy' was found 'guilty of stealing electricity from the public supply'.
George Webster (3 May 1797 – 16 April 1864) was an English architect who practised in Kendal, which was at the time in Westmorland, and later in Cumbria. All of his works were executed near his practice, and were located in Cumbria, in north Lancashire, and in the adjacent parts of Yorkshire. Most of his work was carried out on domestic buildings, but he also designed churches, and public and commercial buildings.