You’d be better off up North
You’ll be able to buy a substantial historic property there– and increase your disposable income
in these parts. In the 16th century, the staunchly Catholic Sir Thomas Metham was knighted during the reign of Queen Mary and imprisoned under Elizabeth I, dying at York Castle in 1573. In the 1600s, his descendant, another Sir Thomas, fought on the Royalist side in the English Civil War and was killed at the battle of Marston Moor; during the same campaign, his son, Jordan, lost his life at one of three sieges by the Parliamentarians of Pontefract Castle, or Pomfret Castle, as it was then known.
By the 18th century, however, the family had fallen on hard times and, in the late 1700s, the last of the line, Sir George Metham, who reputedly led ‘a reckless roystering life’, sold his heavily indebted estate, dying in poverty at nearby North Cave in 1793.
A century later, Metham Hall was the seat of the Rev Edward Whitmore Simpson, a major local landowner, who was also lord of the manor. This was the present Georgian house, which, according to its Grade II listing, was built in the early 19th century, although some records suggest that Sir George was the original builder. In any event, the new house stood on or near the site of the old
Georgian Metham Hall, at Metham, East Yorkshire, has medieval origins and a colourful history. Excess £800,000