Youngsbury House, by Henry George Oldfield

Youngsbury House is a Grade II listed house near Wadesmill, Hertfordshire, England.[1] The stable block is Grade II* listed.[2]

The house was built in about 1745 by David Poole,[3] with 97 acres of grounds, and gardens landscaped by Capability Brown.[4]

People connected with it

David Barclay, the Quaker banker and abolitionist, bought the manor in 1769, and enlarged the house. A plan by Capability Brown the following year introduced a serpentine lake.[5] Barclay sold it in 1793, after the death of his second wife, to William Cunliffe Shawe, and it passed in 1796 to Daniel Giles.[6]

In 2012, it was for sale, "offers in excess of £3,900,000".[7] As of 2015, it was owned by Jeremy Langmead,[4] the former editor of Wallpaper* magazine and Esquire magazin, who used to be married to writer India Knight.[8] In 2017 it was sold to James and Claire Pearce who plans to restore it to its original state and use it as a family home for them and their three children. It has taken nearly three years to date to obtain all the required Planning and other permissions.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Youngbury and Garden Wall Attached on North (1102317)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Stable Block at Youngsbury (60 Metres to North of House) (1176876)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Youngsbury, Hertford, England". parksandgardens. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  4. ^ a b Boucher, Caroline (11 April 2015). "Welcome to Youngsbury". The Times. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  5. ^ Hugh C. Prince (1 April 2008). Parks in Hertfordshire Since 1500. Univ of Hertfordshire Press. pp. 97–. ISBN 978-0-9542189-9-7. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  6. ^ William Page, ed. (1912). "Parishes: Standon". A History of the County of Hertford: volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 27 April 2012.
  7. ^ "7 bedroom house for sale Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12". Rightmove. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Ripping up the Yule book: Jeremy Langmead's dysfunctional family festivities", London Evening Standard, 9 December 2011

Coordinates: 51°50′34″N 0°00′51″W / 51.84284°N 0.01427°W / 51.84284; -0.01427