National Land Fund

Oral Answers to Questions — National Finance – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th July 1952.

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Photo of Mr George Chetwynd Mr George Chetwynd , Stockton-on-Tees 12:00 am, 17th July 1952

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the accumulated balance of the National Land Fund; what properties have been accepted by the National Land Fund; what is the acreage of land in each case; to which bodies they have been transferred; and what changes he proposes to make in the scope of the Fund.

Photo of Mr John Boyd-Carpenter Mr John Boyd-Carpenter , Kingston upon Thames

The present balance of the National Land Fund, including investments at their value at 31st March, 1952, is £51,812,000.

The number of properties accepted is 27, and I will circulate details in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I have no statement to make about possible changes in the scope of the Fund.

Photo of Mr George Chetwynd Mr George Chetwynd , Stockton-on-Tees

Has the hon. Gentleman or his right hon. Gentleman considered using this considerable sum to assist the National Parks Commission in furthering its work by the acquisition of land and buildings?

List of properties so far accepted in satisfaction of death duties under the National Land Fund Arrangements {Finance Act, 1946, Part VI)
1. Glanllyn and Traswfyndd Estates (including Lake Bala) and Aberhirnant Estate (part) Merioneth.39,130Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries
2. Hartsop Hall Farm, also *Brotherswater, Patterdale, Westmorland.1,805National Trust
3. Modern seaside residence "Tregonnan," Tregarnon Bay, St. Merryn, Cornwall.3Youth Hostels Association
4. Cotehele Estate (including mediaeval mansion) in Parishes of St. Dominick and Calstock, Cornwall.1,277National Trust
5. Town End House and Town End Farm, Troutbeck, Westmorland.776National Trust
6. Southdown Farm, Owermoigne, Dorset273National Trust
7. Rainham Hall, Rainham, Essex2National Trust
8. Eaves Wood and Waterslack Wood, Silverdale, Lancashire.97National Trust
9. Claremont Estate (part), Esher, Surrey49National Trust
10. Abinger Hall Estate, Abinger, Surrey269National Trust
11. Osterley Park (part), Isleworth, Middlesex(part only)National Trust
12. Four houses, Nos. 14 and 19 North Brink, and Nos. 10 and 12 Chapel Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire and nearby land.17National Trust
13. Country residence, "Whissendine Cottage," Oakham. Rutland.6Youth Hostels Association
14. Rowardennan Estate, including Ben Lomond, a 13 mile stretch of Loch Lomond side, Rowardennan Lodge, Blairvochie House, a farmhouse and 13 cottages.12,370Secretary of State for Scotland by whom Rowardennan Lodge and grounds subsequently transferred to Scottish Youth Hostels Association.
15. Seaside residence, "Frampton," Dirleton Avenue, North Berwick, East Lothian.0·75Scottish Youth Hostels Association.
16. Two ruined cottages on Roman Wall, Brampton, Cumberland.Minister of Works (Ancient Monuments Directorate).
17. Country residence, "Higham," Bassenthwaite, Cumberland.5Youth Hostels Association
18. Part of Dorset Estate of 7th Viscount Portman3,777Commissioners of Crown Lands.
19. Woolacombe Barton Farm, Woolacombe, Devon545National Trust
20. Town Farm, Morthoe, Devon113National Trust
21. Land "The Warren," Morthoe, Devon101National Trust
22. Land "The Kelseys," Cubert, Cornwall305National Trust
23. Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor, Caernarvonshire and grounds.47National Trust
24. Part of Lord Penrhyn's Estate in Caernarvonshire and Denbighshire.40,571National Trust
25. Land at the foot of Box Hill, Surrey, and two nearby cottages.88National Trust
26. Country residence, "Frog Firle," Alfriston, Sussex1Youth Hostels Association
27. Derwent Estate, Yorkshire6,489National Trust