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Stagenhoe is an 18th-century stately home now used as a Sue Ryder Care home

Stagenhoe is a Grade II listed stately home and surrounding gardens located in the village of St Paul's Walden in Hertfordshire. It is approximately 5 miles (8 km) south of Hitchin.

It is one of two large manors with fine grounds in the village, the other being the historic home of the Bowes-Lyon family St Paul's Walden Bury.


Records about the manor of Stagenhoe date back to before the Norman Conquest, when it was one 'hide' (approximately 120 acres).[1]

In 1703, the manor and surrounding park was sold to Robert Heynsham, a Member of parliament and it remained within his family until 1833.[1][2] In about 1869, it was sold to another parliamentarian James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness.[1]

The house[edit]

The current manor was built in the 18th century, after a fire in about 1737. It has many 19th-century and later additions, including extensions to the rear and a porch on the west side. The main feature is the stuccoed south facade. The property was listed in 1968.[3]

Having passed out of private hands, the house is much altered internally. It is now used as a Sue Ryder Care home.[3] The grounds contain a registered campsite with five caravan pitches.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "A History of the County of Hertford, vol 2". British History Online. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Heynsham, Robert (1663-1723), of London and Stagenhoe". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Stagenhoe Park (Sue Ryder Home), St Paul's Walden". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Stagenhoe Park Certified Location". UK Campsite. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°53′27″N 0°16′45″W / 51.89083°N 0.27917°W / 51.89083; -0.27917