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The Broomfield House Trust has for many years been attempting to find a way of restoring Broomfield House, which has been left in a derelict state following two destructive fires in the 1980s.

In September 2018 Broomfield House and stableyard were advertised in the specialist property press as a restoration and development opportunity. This breaks down in to a reconstruction and restoration opportunity for the Grade II* Broomfield House and a conversion and redevelopment opportunity for the stables (subject to planning permission). It invites conditional and unconditional offers and a long leasehold interest. The Broomfield House Trust consider that this is the "last hope for Broomfield House".

On a more positive note, an excellent exhibition is running at the Dugdale Centre under the title Hidden Treaures: Revealing Broomfield House and Park. There is also an accompanying programme of talks and walks. The exhibition has now been extended and will finish in April 2019.

For more details, see www.broomfieldhouse.org and facebook.com/BroomfieldHouseTrust.

Broomfield House: A short history

Broomfield house was sold to London merchant Joseph Jackson in 1624 after several previous occupants. During the 150 years that the Jackson family were in possession of the house, the house was internally remodelled to a considerable extent. The grand staircase was built and the murals were painted by Gerard Lanscroon and the surrounding Broomfield Park was also created.

During the late 18th century to early 19th century the once U-shaped building was altered into a rectangular shape, enclosing the once east-facing courtyard. After a period where the house was let to tenants, the house and 54 acres (220,000 m2) of land was sold to prevent development to Southgate Urban District Council, who opened the park to the public in 1903.

Between 1907 and 1910 the building housed Southgate County School, with Southgate's first maternity centre opening there in 1917.

The building was classified as Grade II* in 1950 because of its history and architectural uniqueness

Broomfield House

Poster for Revealing Broomfield House and Park exhibition Postcard of Broomfield House

Postcard showing Broomfield House as it looked in 1903

Photo of Broomfield House in 1980 before the fires

Broomfield House as it looked in the 1980s

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