James Adam Gordon Esq.

Country house

Stocks House

Aldbury (Hertfordshire)


Georgian mansion set in estate of approx. 180 acres.

The image, from Hertfordshire Genealogy, is of the house c. 1904.


Built in 1773 for Arnold Duncombe; inherited by James Gordon's wife Harriett nee Whitbread, then owned by James Adam Gordon and his wife Emma Katherine Gordon (later re-married to Richard Bright, M.P. for East Somerset, who died at Stocks in 1878). Mrs. Bright died in 1891, and left the estate to Sir Edward Grey, (1862-1933), 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Foreign Secretary 1905-1916. He never lived there. Sold the house to Mr. T. Humphry Ward, whose wife, Mrs. Humphry Ward, = the novelist.

Subsequently owned by various private individuals, used as a school 1944-c.1972, and purchased by V. Lownes (Playboy magazine) in the 1970s. Later private owners to the present.

For sources see 'Parishes: Aldbury', A History of the County of Hertford: volume 2  (1908), pp. 143-8, accessed, 15 April 2010; Hertfordshire genealogy

Image: Stocks House, Aldbury

Published by Newman, Berkhamsted circa 1904

Source: Hertfordshire Genealogy website  

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