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Auction sale of Dencombe Estate- May 1972 (1 of 2)
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Auction sale of Dencombe Estate- May 1972 (1 of 2)

Following the death of 91-year-old Mrs Nelly Loder early in 1972 it was decided to sell the Dencombe estate. Nelly Loder (1880-1972) was married to Sydney Loder (1867-1944), uncle to Giles Loder (1884-1966) of High Beeches.
The chosen method was by auction, but it seems that the sale due on 17th May 1972 did not take place as the whole estate was put up for sale by auction just six months later, on 22nd November 1972.
Dencombe was the Dower House to High Beeches and as such was a fairly large house close to the main house and traditionally reserved for the widow of the owner, with the main house being occupied by the heir to the estate. Of course, in this particular case the circumstances had changed dramatically when the Halifax bomber wreaked its havoc upon High Beeches house on 12th March 1943 making it uninhabitable.
The auction catalogue contained just four photographs. Above can be seen Dencombe House and the Large Version depicts a view of the parkland and horses.
Click on Open Document to view the relevant pages of the catalogue.
The catalogue included a coloured map, and this, with two further photographs, can be viewed on picture #1637.

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Dencombe was bought by John Bentley who in the early 1970s was both the most feared corporate predator in Britain and the most eligible bachelor.
He was the biggest toymaker in the country, one of the biggest chemists, king of the billboard industry, and he owned Shepperton Studios.
He drove a Jensen and owned one of the biggest estates in the country, being 100 square miles next to Balmoral.
As I recall he never moved in to Dencombe but had a few of sticks of furniture for the occasions he would visit. It was then bought by James Burroughs of Beefeater Gin and Long John Whisky fame. The Burroughs Company was sold to Whitbread in 1987 and in 2005 was acquired by the Pernod Ricard Group.
The current owner is Sten Bertelsen whose wife is Susannah Constantine, fashion journalist, television presenter, author and designer.
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