SP9610 : Norcott Hall, Northchurch

taken 13 years ago, near to Northchurch, Hertfordshire, Great Britain

Norcott Hall, Northchurch
Norcott Hall, Northchurch
I was very surprised to see this 18th century Georgian House as I was not expecting anything so grand at Norcott Hill Farm. It looked too good – and there was no sign of any avenue of 200 year old trees associated with the building. When I got home my doubts were confirmed. There was no mention of it in any of the books in my Hertfordshire history library – and it was definitely not there on large scale maps of 1884 LinkExternal link . In fact the first reference I found in my own library was that in the mid-1990s the name “Norcott Hall” appears on ordnance survey maps.
It is obviously a 20th century build and a Google search, plus a search of pre-war Kelly's Directories, suggests it was probably built by Thomas Geoffrey Blackwell (1884-1943), who took up residence at Norcott Hill in or shortly before 1937, and died there in 1943. He was deputy chairman of Cross & Blackwell. More recently it was the home of Gordon D Claridge, whose company ran the Port of Lowestoft, and who died in about 1996. He also ran the farm (through a company with his name) and it would appear that the farm buildings were converted to housing shortly after his death.
See also SP9610 : Norcott Hill Farm, Northchurch.
See 'Genealogy in Hertfordshire' web site at LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) for further information.
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Thursday, 25 June, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 27 June, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 968 105 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:47.1300N 0:35.8058W
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