Woodcock Hill

The birds…
“There are an unusually large number of woodpigeons in this neighbourhood this season. Almost any morning some thousands of them may be seen in their lofty manoeuvres, ranging from Berkhampstead Common and the woods around Ashridge over as far as Mr. F.J. Moore’s residence at Woodcock Hill.” (Bucks Herald, Dec 1877).

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Woodcock Hill

Sale of the Woodcock Hill Estate…
“This well-known estate, so long the residence of the late Mr. Frank John Moore and of his successor, Mr. Streatfeild-Moore, has during the past week been sold by private treaty… at a price which we understand is a satisfactory one to the vendor. The purchaser is Mr. William Dwight, of Berkhampstead, who has acquired the estate as a whole with a view to the re-sale of the house, park, and woods as a residential property, whether separately or together with the outlying portions, all of which should have a ready sale, considering the demand for land in this favourite district. The estate… consists of a substantially-built family residence of 13 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms, placed at the highest point of the very beautifully timbered little park extending from ‘Shootersway,’ the upper road, to the main London road in Northchurch Village, with an old rookery and many clumps of fine beech trees, which with the growing plantations bordering the park make a very pleasant feature. At the bottom of the park is a small residence, ‘Box Cottage,’ with stabling and 9 acres of meadow, near which are 8 cottages for the employees on the estate.” (Bucks Herald, Oct 1905).

Fortune cookies from Scotland…
“A fortune from biscuits was secured by Mr Robert M’Vitie, of Edinburgh and [Woodcock Hill] Berkhampstead, sole partner in the firm of Messrs M’Vitie and Price. Mr M’Vitie, who began business in quite a small way as a baker in Edinburgh, left about £231,000.” (Aberdeen Journal, Dec 1910).