Film star’s Hertfordshire home goes up for sale

The former weekend home of early film star Cedric Hardwicke has gone on the market in Stanstead Abbotts near Roydon, through leading local estate agent Mullucks Wells.

Mead Lodge was once part of the Briggens Estate, dating back to the 18th century, and was lived in by Cedric Hardwicke before WWII broke out. He had a film and TV career spanning 50 years in the first half of the last century and has a star dedicated to him on the Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’. Hardwicke was in great demand in America, starring in ‘Ghost of Frankinstein’ in 1942 and will also be remembered for his roles in ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ (1939) and ‘Things to Come’ (1936). He died in 1964, aged 71.

William Wells, Director at Mullucks Wells said, “This sort of property rarely comes onto the market. It’s a fabulous home with all the country house ingredients - including 5½ acres of grounds, river frontage, mooring and fishing rights. The house was built in 1781 with later Edwardian additions and is part castellated. It’s within easy reach of Harlow and Roydon mainline stations, and you can cycle to both, along the tow path at the back of the house, so no need for parking!”

Mead Lodge has been a family home for the last 31 years and is steeped in history. Pilots from a Mosquito Squadron based at nearby RAF Hunsdon were billeted at the house during WWII, along with their ‘cook and his wife’!

The current owners Andrew and Lynne Hall said, “This has been a wonderful happy home where the children have grown up spending hours playing in kayaks on the Stort Navigation, amongst other things. Just over three decades ago we were looking for a home in the country and we fell in love with Mead Lodge as soon as we walked in. Christmas here is particularly special, and we’ll leave with many memories.”

Mead Lodge, Hunsdon Pound, nr Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire is on the market for £1,375,000 with Mullucks Wells estate agents on 01279 755400.