The moment you come up the driveway to the Hertfordshire Golf & Country Club, you realise how elegant an institution it is.
A place of distinction, the Country Club offers the most pleasant stay and the most lavish setting for sporting and private celebrations alike.
This 18th Century Broxbournebury Mansion overlooks the golf course from each side and meanders through ancient grounds once owned by The Order of the Knights Hospitallers of St John.
Jack Nicklaus II designed the Golf Course, which is a par 70 spread across 6276 yards of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, making full use of the natural surroundings.
The lakes and forests in the area create natural hazards for all golfers, acting as protection against the shorter yardage. With full irrigation cover of tees, fairways and greens, the course is in fantastic condition all year round.
Truly, a magnificent place to practice for a championship or relax when on holiday.
My journey started on a cold, wet November morning, trawling through dusty archives, maps and drawings of the estate; going through the motions of most historical researchers. I continued my search, until the head archivist came over to me with an unusual leather bound parchment box, beautifully made with inlaid ivory and deer stamped antlers impressed into the the leather. I paused with bated breath. It was the original 16th century deed of Broxbourne Manor, granted to John Cocke by King Henry VIII in 1544!
As far as historical research has shown, the Cocke family were courtiers and were very much in favour of the King of England and spent a lot of time at the royal palace, Hampton Court.
When John Cocke died in 1557, Broxbourne Manor was then passed to his wife Anne. She in turn bequeathed the entire Estate to her heir, Sir Henry Cocke, a favourable person in the household of Queen Elizabeth I of England, Circa 1560.
It’s in these moments, when I get to hold such important historical items of interest, I’m reminded why I conserve and restore artefacts. To me, history is fascinating and these important objects keep the story going from one generation to the next.