You’d be bet­ter off up North

You’ll be able to buy a sub­stan­tial his­toric prop­erty there– and in­crease your dis­pos­able in­come

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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

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