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Whitehall was the Cumberland home of the wealthy merchant and philanthropist George Moore.
Anthony Salvin, the foremost restoration architect of the time, built Whitehall for George Moore in 1861. It replaced an earlier house on the site (scroll down for details) but the pele tower, which George had climbed as a child, is original. Later George Moore farmed the Whitehall Estate, specialising in shorthorn cattle but he was far less successful in this enterprise than he was in the world of commerce. He admitted that the cattle were a great anxiety and that he lived in dread of foot and mouth disease. Nothing new there then! In 1875 he sold the herd making an overall profit, such that he gave his farm servants 50 guineas and put 100 guineas in the AllHallows Church collection the following Sunday.
Although George Moore had purchased The Whitehall Estate for his first wife as a summer residence she died in 1858 prior to the house restoration. George Moore married his second wife, Agnes Jane Breeks at St. Pancras Church on 28th November 1861 and she took a great interest in Whitehall, printing for private circulation in 1865 a book which she wrote about the history of Whitehall and including these engravings which are attributed to her.
During World War II years, Whitehall was home to St Aubyn's, a preparatory school evacuated from Woodford Green in Essex when their own premises were requisitioned by the military.
Whitehall in modern times
Today, what remains of Whitehall itself is, I believe, owned by the Parkin-Moore family, descendents of George Moore's sister, Mary. This is now a holiday home and can be rented. The Coach House and stables became The Coach House Swiss Restaurant which is now sadly closed and the building is currently being re-developed by Lattimers Building Company according to this newspaper article.
It was after the death in 1937 of William Parkin-Moore who inherited The Whitehall Estate from his great uncle, George Moore that the Estate was sold off and the House fell into decline, most being eventually demolished under the auspices of the Council who had acquired the listed property, I understand, by compulsory purchase. In 1965 what remained of Whitehall was bought back from the Council by William Arnold Parkin-Moore, grandson of William Parkin-Moore. He undertook some restoration of the surviving Pele Tower, with further refurbishments taking place in the 1980s by which time the property had passed to his widow, Susan Parkin-Moore (as Trustee) and his son David Parkin-Moore.
An aerial view of Whitehall in recent times
Whitehall is in the foreground with The Coach House Swiss Restaurant and Holiday Accommodation is behind
(Photograph courtesy of Simon Ledingham)
An Artist's impression of Whitehall in C18th