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Author:  Alison H [ 12 Apr 2017, 21:28 ]
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Please would someone remind me where we're told that Pretty Maids is being taken over by the National Trust and or used by the government? Thank you :D .

Author:  Fiona Mc [ 12 Apr 2017, 23:34 ]
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I think it's in Rescue. Joey gets a letter about it from Jack and says Lydia doesn't want to live there and neither she nor the girls thrive there. And given they're not going to live there, they plan on donating it to the National Trust.

Author:  Alison H [ 13 Apr 2017, 07:51 ]
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Thanks :D .

Author:  JB [ 13 Apr 2017, 09:38 ]
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This is from Changes:

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“Jack’s handing it over to the National Trust, lock, stock and barrel – after we’ve rescued the things we either want or ought to keep. We couldn’t afford to keep up three places and the girls and I have never been really well there. It lies in a hollow and it’s too relaxing. We’re taking the old stuff and most of the pictures and so on, and with what’s left, I believe they’re talking of making it into a kind of guesthouse for foreign notables. Plas Gwyn will be our English home in the future.”

Author:  Alison H [ 13 Apr 2017, 10:40 ]
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Thanks :D .

I bet the NT were really chuffed that Jack and Joey grabbed all the best stuff and then expected them to pay for the upkeep of what was left :roll: :lol:.

Author:  KB [ 13 Apr 2017, 13:56 ]
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That would hardly have been unusual.

Author:  Noreen [ 13 Apr 2017, 14:54 ]
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Yes, the NT in those days don't seem to have been so bothered about keeping the original contents with the house - I can think of at least one instance where they even sold off some of them.

Author:  Alison H [ 13 Apr 2017, 20:53 ]
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Was the house requisitioned during the war, or have I imagined that?

Author:  JB [ 14 Apr 2017, 15:16 ]
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I don't think so. This is from Goes to It when Madge and the staff are talking about leaving Guernsey:

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Madge Russell laid down her work. ‘Jem and I discussed it last week,’ she said gravely. ‘We knew that it must come up. He insists that I shall take all our nurseryful to England as soon as possible. In that case, I can scarcely leave the school here. As Hilda says, it’s a case of other people’s children. If ours go, then they must go too. Jack Maynard agrees. He is sending Joey and the Triplets away as soon after Easter as possible—even, it may be, before.’

‘Joey won’t like that,’ said Miss Wilson shrewdly. ‘She loves her pretty home. And where will they go, Madge? Pretty Maids is out of the question now, I imagine.’

‘Oh, quite impossible. If the old folk had been living, it would have been the obvious solution, for you know how they adored her, and she loved them dearly. But now that they are gone, and Mrs Robert and the Major are in possession, it’s out of the question, as you say. None of the Maynards have ever liked poor Lydia, and she is a most uncomfortable person, I admit. She has always resented the fact that, since Rolf’s death. Jack is his brother’s heir; and since the coming of the Triplets, it’s been worse. Bob Maynard wrote a charming letter to Jo, but Lydia has taken no notice whatsoever.’


Also, after Bob's death in Rescue, Joey talks about visiting Pretty Maids to sort things out so it doesn't sound as though the house is being used by anyone else.

Author:  Alison H [ 14 Apr 2017, 16:29 ]
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Thanks. Must have dreamt it!

Author:  bythebrook [ 16 Apr 2017, 07:43 ]
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Probably way more information than you need, but with Jack's father and brother dying in quick succession, the death duties payable for both sets of inheritances might have made transferring Pretty Maids to the NT the best decision financially.

As an example, the Duke of Devonshire donated Hardwick Hall and its estates to the NT in lieu of death duties.

Author:  Alison H [ 16 Apr 2017, 08:32 ]
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Yes, that's what I've always said as well (I work in accounts/tax) :lol:. I think the same thing happened with Shugborough, too. I've always reckoned that Joey's "relaxing air" line was just because she didn't like to admit that Jack couldn't pay the IHT!

Author:  Elder in Ontario [ 16 Apr 2017, 15:10 ]
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Alison H wrote:
Yes, that's what I've always said as well (I work in accounts/tax) :lol:. I think the same thing happened with Shugborough, too. I've always reckoned that Joey's "relaxing air" line was just because she didn't like to admit that Jack couldn't pay the IHT!


I actually think there could be some justification for Joey's claim that the air at Pretty Maids was too relaxing for her, especially since she was used to living in colder or more mountainous areas; I seem to recall the Robin also felt the same.

The region of the New Forest where Pretty Maids was situated wasn't so very far from Bournemouth, and I always remember that whenever we, and other members of my extended family, came from Yorkshire to spend holidays in Bournemouth, many of the adults complained that they found the air too relaxing - they much preferred the more bracing atmosphere of the Yorkshire, and to some extent, the Lancashire coasts.

Author:  Fiona Mc [ 22 Apr 2017, 09:07 ]
Post subject:  Re: Pretty Maids (second query!)

I've just read some more in Rescue where Joey tells her friends that it's unlikely she and Jack will go to Tyrol as Jack had just inherited Pretty Maids and he'd have to give up his current job to live there (i.e. give up being a doctor to manage the estate). In the meantime he was going to ask Lydia if she wanted to continue to live there or in London and a Mr Tingle would continue to manage the estate. It sounds like donating the estate to the NT would allow Jack to continue being a doctor and work at the San and that probably a contributing reason for doing it

Author:  Alison H [ 22 Apr 2017, 09:32 ]
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That sounds like a much better reason than Joey not liking the air! But it's interesting that Jack didn't feel duty-bound to take over the family estate.

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