Paycocke's restoration: a 20-year project
In 1904 Paycocke’s was bought by Lord Noel Buxton, a direct descendant of the previous Buxton owners.
Conrad and Miriam Noel
- 'It had exciting disadvantages...we lived in an atmosphere of dust and white-wash and broken plaster,' Conrad Noel describes living on a building site yet being enthralled by the new discoveries that were continually being made.
" We lived in an atmosphere of dust and white-wash and broken plaster"
- 'The cold was so intense that we sometimes sat over the fire in the hall with its wrought-iron basket and logs of wood surrounded by a tent of screens.' And Paycocke’s still gets very chilly during the winter months.
- 'In the breakfast-room the pigeons, robin-redbreasts, and other cheeky little fellows would insist on sharing our meals, hopping about the table and pecking at the butter and carrying off other titbits.' Paycocke’s garden continues to house all kinds of wildlife from our resident ducks to our custodian’s chickens.