Moor Place, Hertfordshire, up for sale
PUBLISHED: 15:54 15 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:26 20 February 2013
A Hertfordshire country estate which belongs to the family of a former Governor of the Bank of England is for sale for £17m
Moor could be yours
A HERTFORDSHIRE country estate which belongs to the family of a former Governor of the Bank of England is for sale for 17m.
Moor Place, the 781-acre estate at Much Hadham, is owned by Bryan Norman, the sixth generation of the Norman dynasty to live there.
The house was bought in 1886 by his great-grandfather who left it in his will after his death in 1916 to his elder son Montagu.
Bryans grandfather only lived there for four years before he became Governor of the Bank of England and handed over Moor Place to his brother Ronald, who was both chairman of the BBC and London County Council.
There has been a house on the same spot in the Hertfordshire countryside since before the Norman Conquest when the property was owned by the Bishops of London.
The name comes from the More family who were the local squires in the 1400s. Over the centuries the structure has been rebuilt and added to and now it is one of the finest houses in the county.
The estate includes the 14-bedroom Grade I listed Georgian mansion, the four-bedroom Dower House with its own walled garden, five cottages, a flat in the listed Elizabethan stable yard and two more self-contained flats in the main house.
The land embraces an 85-acre private park, 640 acres of farmland and 38 acres of woodland.
Moor Place has been a wonderful and welcoming home for six generations of my family, says Mr Norman. We hope whoever buys it will continue this tradition.
Sarah Macdonald-Smith who is handling the sale for Strutt & Parker is hoping a City high flyer will swoop in and snap up the estate, especially since its only 30 miles from Canary Wharf.