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Designs for farm offices at Merryfield, c1769-82, unexecuted (3)


Although the farm was not built, the Parkers were keen agriculturalists. Theresa wrote to Thomas Robinson in 1773 that 'The whole Down that you may remember between Boringdon and Cann Quarry, besides two Hundred acres of the same sort of Furze Brake, is now covered with all sorts of Corn and affords a prospect of Plenty that is really very striking'. The farm project probably belongs to the period before Theresa's death, after which such energies were put into John Parker's enthusiasm for horse-racing and the establishment of a racing stud.



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