The Starkey family has resided at Norwood Park since the 1880s.
The family continues to run the estate today with a public golf course and fruit farm.
Norwood Park History
“THERE IS A PARK CALLED NORTHWODE”
Norwood Park (Northwode) is first mentioned in the inquisition of Archbishop Neville’s property in 1388.
At the time he held Northwode, Hexgreave, and Hockerwood.
CIVIL WAR & REFORMATION - A TALE OF EDWARD CLUDD
After the Civil War, Parliament put many episcopal lands up for sale including Norwood Park. In 1649, Edward Cludd (Master General of London) purchased Norwood Park for £965. He built a “pretty little brick house” in which he resided in for the rest of his life.
As a Civil Magistrate, Edward Cludd conducted many marriage ceremonies beneath a large Oak Tree, thence called Cludd’s Oak. Sadly, Cludd’s Oak blew down in the 19th century, fortunately, many other enormous Oak Trees from that period remain at Norwood Park; some more than 600 years old.
At the Restoration, Norwood Park was returned to the church but Cludd remained a tenant for life.
A PRIVATE ESTATE
In 1764, the lease of Norwood Park was acquired by John Sutton and in 1778 his brother Richard Sutton successfully sought an Act of Parliament enabling him to exchange his Easthorpe Estate for ownership of Norwood Park.
1760 - 1873
THE SUTTON FAMILY
During the 1760’s the Suttons pulled down Edward Cludd’s house and built the present mansion you see today. At that time Norwood Park comprised around 50 family rooms, domestic offices, a brew-house, granary, bottle, flow, bakehouse, slaughterhouse, stables, coach house, dog kennels and cow yard.
The Suttons also landscaped the Park, sited the Temple as an eye catcher, dug two more fish ponds and planted the Lime Avenue. After some 50 years of residence, the Sutton family moved from Norwood Park and leased it to a variety of tenants including the Marquis of Carmarthen (Duke of Leeds), Lord Edwin Hill and Mr Dashwood Fane.
In 1873 the Sutton's sold the estate to Mr Chambers, a consummate entertainer who purchased Norwood Park whereupon it became renowned as an “archiepiscopal of hospitality”. The house was filled with exquisite furniture, art, and wealthy guests.
1860's - Date
THE STARKEY FAMILY
In 1881 Norwood Park estate was bought at auction by Lewis Randle Starkey. From 1881 to 1940 the estate remained the family residence of Lewis and his son John the first Baronet who was appointed in 1935 and his son William who inherited in 1940.
1940 – 1945
Convalescent home for injured service personnel.
1945 – 2019
Resumed as a family residence for Sir William, the current 3rd Baronet Sir John and his son Henry.
2019 – Date
Reconfigured as a family business focusing on weddings (from the late 1990s) and other leisure-based events.
Historic Entrance to the Kitchen Gardens at Norwood Park
Entrance to Kitchen Garden at Norwood Park
Historic image of Norwood Park glass houses on the grounds
Glass Houses at Norwood Park
The Starkey and Long wedding with their bridal party, outside the steps of Norwood Park
STARKEY AND LONG WEDDING
Drawing Room at Norwood Park in black and white
Historic Drawing Room at Norwood Park
Members of the Starkey family marrying at Norwood Park with their wedding party
Historic Wedding at Norwood Park
Horse and Cart at Norwood Park Coach House in black and white
Horse and Cart at Norwood Park
Wedding of Myrtle Irene Francklin and William Randle Starkey at Norwood Park
Myrtle Irene Francklin & William Randle Starkey
Members of the Starkey family in black and white, getting married at local church
Starkey wedding at local Church
The Wedding Party of Hilda Starkey and Charles Parker on the steps of Norwood Park
Hilda Starkey marrying Charles Parker
Shows The Lodges and the main white gate.
Taken approximately around the time of the WW.
Historic view of The Norwood Park Estate Main Entrance
Long image of the hallway at Norwood Park
Lateral of hallway at Norwood Park
Taken around the time of the WW.
Historic lake view of Norwood Park
Black and White image of Norwood Park's Dining Room
Historic picture of Dining Room at Norwood Park
Nell Starkey marrying Captain Parker Jervis at Norwood Park with their wedding party
Nell Starkey Marrying Captain Parker Jervis
The Starkey Family
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