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Written by LisaS
(4/13/2010 1:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The cost of an estate?, penned by Benedicte
Just a couple of estates.... Sir Francis Baring, 1st Baronet (1740–1810), was a merchant banker; you might have heard of Baring Bank.
Per Wikipedia, "in 1796 he bought Manor House at Lee, a relatively modest country house about six miles (10 km) south-east of central London, from his old friend Joseph Plaice, for £20,000." (He also got 623 acres in addition to the house.)
Per The Merchant Bankers by Joseph Wechsberg, published by Little, Brown and Company; chapter 3 Barings: The Sixth Great Power, page 111: "In 1802 Sir Francis purchased Stratton Park from the Duke of Bedford for £150,000. His annual income was £80,000." The purchase of Stratton Park included the house and several thousand acres."
There are pictures available of both of the Manor House and Stratton Park but I could only figure out how to post the one below. Stratton Park is also quite lovely.
|Sir Francis Baring's Manor House|
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