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£1.75m asking price too much for National Trust
11:50am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
THE National Trust has revealed it couldn’t afford the £1.75million price tag for 231 acres of prime Constable Country.
The land at Hall Farm in Stratford St Mary has been sold a month after it went on the market.
Robinson & Hall, property consultants, has not disclosed the buyer or how much the land went for.
The Dedham Vale Society, which campaigns to preserve the area’s heritage, was among the groups who called for the National Trust to buy the land.
Ade Clarke, National Trust manager, said: “We were contacted by a number of people who we would be suitable custodians.
“It is always pleasing to know the work we do is held in high regard.
“We have recently invested significantly in purchasing and developing the car park at Flatford, which enables our members to park free of charge for the first time at this beautiful place.
“Given the £1.75million asking price for this land, it is with regret we had to turn down the opportunity to purchase it.
“We are happy to work with the new owners once a sale has been completed.”
The land features in many of artist John Constable’s works, including one of his most famous - Dedham Vale.
Chris Leney, spokesman for Robinson & Hall, said it had a good amount of interest from a range of places and people and were able to secure a good result.
Offers were expected from Constable enthusiasts and farmers to graze cattle on the land.
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