Camfield Place Estate Auction Brochure 1921
The sales brochure for the 1921 auction of Camfield Place and surrounding estate has been found and shared with this site. The main house, which is in Wildhill near Essendon, was the home of the late Barbara Cartland. Cucumber Farm in Hertfordshire is also listed as a separate 179 acre lot. Scroll past the pictures below to view the pages from the sales brochure.
A very attractive residential and sporting estate
The sales document describes the estate as a "very attractive residential and sporting estate" extending to almost 408 acres "with excellent road and rail communications with London, Hatfield and Potters Bar served by the Great Norther Railway" and "the motoring route by the Great North Road via Barnet is but 18 miles."
It says the estate "lies at a varying altitude of 250ft to 380ft above sea level, partaking of a very undulating, but not excessively hilly nature, and lies upon the diversified soil of the Oldhaven Beds. The valley areas are inclined to be of a heavier loam, providing sound pasture, while the higher parts bear gravelly sandy beds of useful building or road-making material. The chalk of the fringe of the Chiltern Hills is the sub-strata."
It's described as a "sporting estate" with extended woodlands and well-watered, "affording excellent covert for holding hand-reared game. There are a number of pheasants and rabbits to shoot. Though rearing has been in abeyance of late years, high and sporting shots may be had. Mr. Smith Bosenquet's pack hunts the district."
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You can discuss the history of Camfield Place and what is known locally as "The Cartland Estate" in a discussion thread running in this site's community forum.
Note: Regarding copyright, we have tried to reach the auctioneers Curtis & Henson, the solicitors for the sale, Broughton Holt & Middlemist, and the printer of the brochure, D Reynolds in Northwood, but were unable to find contact details online. I am presuming they are no longer in business. And there is no accreditation given for any of the images used. So if you are the owner of the text or images for the material reproduced above please contact us and, if you are unhappy with it being shared we will remove it. Thanks.August 2016