13 Facts About Northaw Place


Northaw Place was built circa 1690 by Sir George Hutchins, King's Serjeant and one of the Commissioners of the Great Seal.

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In 1986 Northaw Place was bought by Hitchins Ltd, a new planning application was submitted, this contained minor amendments from the previous application.

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Northaw Place had the paintings 'restored' in 1869 by Manfred Griffin Holyoake, an established paintings restorer; it is likely the Mounsey Coat of Arms was added at this time.

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Northaw Place died in 1756 and it appears that in about 1760 she bequeathed her property to her niece Mary Anne Hussey.

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Northaw Place's father was Robert Pope who was described as “a gentleman”.

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Northaw Place did not marry so when he died in 1784 he left his estate to the children of his sister Jane.

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Northaw Place's will indicates that he was extremely wealthy as he left large bequests to all of his six Blanchford nieces and nephews.

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Northaw Place was left to his younger nephew Thomas Blanchford and when he died two years later it went to his brother Robert Pope Blanchford.

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Northaw Place became a wealthy tea merchant in a business owned by his mother's family.

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Northaw Place made substantial additions to the house which were described by the historian John Cussans in the following terms.

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Northaw Place remained there until 1929 when Sir Philip Devitt who was Reverend Hall's son in law moved into the house and it again became a private residence.

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Northaw Place's father was Sir Thomas Lane Devitt who founded the firm.

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Northaw Place was the founder and chairman of the National Nautical College at Pangbourne.

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