Mansfield Avenue, EN4

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In 1787, David Murray, (October 9 1727 – September 1, 1796) 7th Viscount of Stormont, leased a large property, Little Grove, in East Barnet from the widow of Edward Willes, the former owner. The Viscountess, Louisa Cathcart, who was 30 years his junior,¬†wrote to her cousin Mary Hamilton that year saying: “I hope to get into the Country very soon wch I hope will quite set me up. We have taken a place that belongs to Mrs Willes & is very comfortable with a good deal of ground & where I think I shall find a great deal of amusement.” The couple were clearly happy there for they kept the place until 1794 when following the death of his uncle the Earl of Mansfield, he became 2nd Earl of Mansfield and moved to Kenwood House in Hampstead. The road was laid out sometime around 1950.

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