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Monday, 20 July 2020 14:30



Time marches on. We have now reached the 1700's.

The 1700's are quite vague concerning the history of Dunfield. We do know that in 1730, a Mr Price purchased Dunfield House from the Bull family, but very little is known about this gentleman and his family... or even if he had a family. These were not exactly halcyon days, but they were relatively quieter times;  that insidious destroyer- the plague, was no longer prevalent in Britain, and ironically the turmoil of war had actually strengthened the British state at home. For the first half of the 18th century, the country was actually free of war on the continent and we were a relatively solvent land with agriculture the main bedrock of the economy and trade increasing at a healthy rate.

However, the wealth of the country was unequally distributed and the writer Daniel Defoe illuminated this very well in his 7 different categories of prosperity.

  1  The great who live profusely.

  2  The rich who live plentifully.

  3  The middle sort who live well

  4  The working trades who labour hard but feel no want

  5  The country people, farmers etc, who fare indifferently

  6  The poor who fare hard

  7  The miserable that really pinch and suffer want

Around these times in Herefordshire not everybody had a chicken in every pot, and we do not know which category Mr Price of Dunfield came under in Defoe's logic (most likely 2 or 3 )... but Dunfield survived. Whoever our ambiguous tenant was, he kept the continuity of the house and estate functional and steadfast. God bless you sir!

By 1756, war had once again broken out with France; disputes between old enemies are never far away. However, the small market town of Kington, and of course Dunfield, were immune from these great political squabbles. The crops were gathered, apples turned to cider, cattle were bred, fed and slaughtered. The rural life that surrounded Dunfield carried on regardless.

Carried on towards the age of the victorian... and the age of change.


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Friday, 14 June 2019 16:15

Welcome to Lisa, Trudie, Lesley & Phil

Hey there Humans,

Fudge here. Sorry, I’ve not been blogging for a while, but a feline’s work is never done it seems!

I’ve had groups coming to stay and then going home again, groups coming to stay and going home again, groups…. Well, you get the picture.

Add to that not one but four new members of staff have arrived since I was last blogging – the photo shows me reviewing the new Assistant Manager, Lisa. She’s not bad, gives me Dreamies, (I’ve discovered I just LOVE Dreamies) and fuss and as you know if you been here - I do like everyone fussing over me.

Then there’s the lovely Trudi who has joined the cleaning/laundry team. Always has a smile and lifts everybody’s day. Lesley who makes yummy food in the kitchen and Phil who is great, he can do anything!

Sue, Paul and Mike are still here working hard – not as hard as me obviously but yes, still keeping Dunfield as lovely as it always is.

Over the next few months, I will be showing some highlights of how purr-fect it is to stay here at Dunfield, so you can see how paw-some this place is.

If you’ve been here before then you will REMEMBER just how beautiful Dunfield is and because I am in charge, I look forward to seeing you and if it is to be your first visit, keep an eye out for me  - just don’t forget the Dreamies!

So, bye for now and soft paws,


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