Named sometime around 1915 after the Byng family, the earls of Stratford who owned land around Barnet. In 1754, Admiral John Byng, the fourth son of Admiral Sir George Byng, 1st Viscount Torrington, employed Isaac Ware to design him a house. The result was Wrotham Park, a Palladian mansion. Three years after the commission, Byng was court-martialled and executed by firing squad after being found guilty (somewhat unfairly) for failing to relieve a besieged British garrison during the Battle of Minorca at the beginning of the Seven Years’ War. The property remains with the family. It is open to the public by appointment on Open House Weekend in September each year.
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