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The Michael Winch Will Trust, Boughton Monchelsea Place, Kent, Christie's, South Kensington, 21 January 1998, lot 329.
Boughton Monchelsea Place dates back to the Norman Conquest and was given by William the Conqueror to his half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. It was then in the possession of the Montchensies, from whom the second part of the estate's name derives. It was Robert Rudston, who acquired Boughton Monchelsea in 1551, and was mainly responsible for the estate in its present form. Important remodelling and alterations were carried out circa 1800 following the acquisition of the estate by Ingram Rider in 1786. Gothic and romantic architecture and design being very much au goût du jour, the estate was 'gothicised' and the formal gardens removed. In 1903, it was acquired by George Winch.
Some of the pieces and works of art came from other residences owned by the Winch family, such as Holcombe near Chatham, Morden Grange in Blackheath and Broomhall outside Horsham.