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Roundhill Estate

Behind the scenes

If you have to ask the price, you can't afford it

But if ₤6,000,000 seems about right, then here is the property for you - and there's a nice local connection too.

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This is Roundhill, near Wincanton in England and it is being offered by Savills of Mayfair.

It was built by Nathaniel Webb, sugar-merchant and slave owner, whose portrait we were given by a descendant in 2007.

Sir Godfrey Kneller Nathaniel Webb, Esq., of Roundhill Grange, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented by Mrs Sally Fox in memory of her father John Jekyll Cuddon 2007

Sir Godfrey Kneller Nathaniel Webb, Esq., of Roundhill Grange, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset Collection of Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, presented by Mrs Sally Fox in memory of her father John Jekyll Cuddon 2007

But Mr Webb met a sticky end right here, as described in the Universal Spectator and Weekly Journal of Saturday, February 7, 1741

Universal Spectator and Weekly Journal (London, England), Saturday, February 7, 1741

Universal Spectator and Weekly Journal (London, England), Saturday, February 7, 1741

So always use a proper ladder and contact Sarah Nicholson at Savills to arrange a time to view the property.

Related

Exhibition
Treasury: A Generous Legacy

Treasury: A Generous Legacy

Stunning proof of the impact of generosity on the Christchurch collection.

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Nathaniel Webb, Esq., of Roundhill Grange, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset
Artist Unknown Nathaniel Webb, Esq., of Roundhill Grange, Charlton Musgrove, Somerset

Nathaniel Webb, the subject of this striking 300-year-old portrait, was a Bristol merchant who – like many of his peers in this period – is known to have made a vast fortune through West Indies sugar and slavery.

Webb’s portrait was donated in 2007 by a direct descendant, in honour of her father John Jekyll Cuddon, a respected Christchurch chartered accountant. The painting came to New Zealand with Henry Joseph C. Jekyll, who immigrated to Canterbury in 1862, and in 1880 purchased a large parcel of farmland beyond the edges of Christchurch, naming it Dallington after an old family estate.

(Treasury: A Generous Legacy, 18 December 2015 – 27 November 2016)