Stocks House

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Stocks manor house is a large Georgian mansion, built in 1773.wikipedia
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Aldbury

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It is the largest property in the village of Aldbury, Hertfordshire.
In 1773, Arnold Duncombe built a new house, Stocks House.

Playboy Bunny

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The mansion was used as a training camp for Playboy bunnies and Lownes was well known for leading a "lothario" lifestyle and hosting extravagant parties at Stocks.
In the 1970s, Lownes used his country mansion, Stocks House in Hertfordshire, England, as a training camp for Bunnies.

Mary Augusta Ward

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Lord Falloden's career never allowed him to live there, and in 1892 he sold Stocks House to best-selling British novelist Mary Augusta Ward and her husband Thomas Humphry Ward who made Stocks their home until Mary's death in 1920.
Mary Augusta Ward died in London, England, and was interred at Aldbury in Hertfordshire, near her beloved country home Stocks.

Victor Lownes

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In 1972, Stocks House achieved some notoriety when it was purchased by American Playboy executive Victor Lownes and English Playboy Playmate Marilyn Cole for £115,000.
A large rural property a few miles from London was added to the organization in 1972: Stocks House, a 42-room Georgian mansion located outside Aldbury, Hertfordshire, which, coincidentally, had also previously been the country home of Mary Augusta Ward.

Arnold Ward

Upon Ward's death, Stocks was inherited by her son, a Member of Parliament, Arnold Ward.
On the death of his mother in 1920 the family home, Stocks House at Aldbury in Hertfordshire, had to be sold to pay off his gambling debts.

Our House (Madness song)

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Some shots in the music video for the 1982 song "Our House" by Madness were filmed at Stocks House.
The video also includes exterior shots of various other houses including the "Playboy Mansion" Stocks House in Aldbury, Hertfordshire, and Buckingham Palace.

Walter Swinburn

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It is now a family home once again occupied by Harris's daughter Alison (former wife of deceased jockey Walter Swinburn) and her children.
His family home was Stocks House at Aldbury, a golf spa hotel and resort purchased by Harris in 2004 and converted for domestic use.

Be Here Now (album)

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In 1997 the house and swimming pool also featured on the cover of the Oasis album, Be Here Now.
The cover image was shot in April 1997 at Stocks House in Hertfordshire, the former home of Victor Lownes, head of the Playboy Clubs in the UK until 1981.

Georgian architecture

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Stocks manor house is a large Georgian mansion, built in 1773.

Hertfordshire

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It is the largest property in the village of Aldbury, Hertfordshire.

National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

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Stocks House and its manorial farm is an 182 acre estate surrounded by 10000 acre of National Trust Ashridge Forest and the Chiltern Hills.

Ashridge

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Stocks House and its manorial farm is an 182 acre estate surrounded by 10000 acre of National Trust Ashridge Forest and the Chiltern Hills.

Chiltern Hills

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Stocks House and its manorial farm is an 182 acre estate surrounded by 10000 acre of National Trust Ashridge Forest and the Chiltern Hills.

Baron Feversham

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Records from the 17th century show that the land was in the possession of Robert Duncombe, an ancestor of the Lords Feversham.

Walter Scott

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James Adam Gordon, who inherited the Stocks estate in 1832, was a friend of the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, and it is reputed that the writer visited Gordon at Stocks House.

Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon

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In 1891, the house was inherited by Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, who served as British Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the United States, from his grandfather.

Thomas Humphry Ward

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Lord Falloden's career never allowed him to live there, and in 1892 he sold Stocks House to best-selling British novelist Mary Augusta Ward and her husband Thomas Humphry Ward who made Stocks their home until Mary's death in 1920.

Lady Rose's Daughter (novel)

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Mary was the better known writer of the two, and published two best-selling novels Lady Rose's Daughter (1903) and The Marriage of William Ashe (1905), under the pen name Mrs Humphry Ward.

The Marriage of William Ashe

Mary was the better known writer of the two, and published two best-selling novels Lady Rose's Daughter (1903) and The Marriage of William Ashe (1905), under the pen name Mrs Humphry Ward.

Pen name

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Mary was the better known writer of the two, and published two best-selling novels Lady Rose's Daughter (1903) and The Marriage of William Ashe (1905), under the pen name Mrs Humphry Ward.

Aldous Huxley

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While the Wards lived at Stocks, it became a bustling salon of leading intellectual luminaries of her day, including her nephews Aldous and Julian Huxley, her son-in-law historian George Macaulay Trevelyan, and such guests as George Orwell, who gathered for long weekends, to join as many as fifty other literary and intellectually inclined overnight guests and friends who could be accommodated in the main house.

Julian Huxley

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While the Wards lived at Stocks, it became a bustling salon of leading intellectual luminaries of her day, including her nephews Aldous and Julian Huxley, her son-in-law historian George Macaulay Trevelyan, and such guests as George Orwell, who gathered for long weekends, to join as many as fifty other literary and intellectually inclined overnight guests and friends who could be accommodated in the main house.

George Orwell

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While the Wards lived at Stocks, it became a bustling salon of leading intellectual luminaries of her day, including her nephews Aldous and Julian Huxley, her son-in-law historian George Macaulay Trevelyan, and such guests as George Orwell, who gathered for long weekends, to join as many as fifty other literary and intellectually inclined overnight guests and friends who could be accommodated in the main house.

Member of parliament

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Upon Ward's death, Stocks was inherited by her son, a Member of Parliament, Arnold Ward.

Finishing school

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In 1944, Stocks House became a residential school when a finishing school in England for upper-class girls, Brondesbury, moved to Stocks manor house from the manor estate in Surrey, where it had previously been located.