STL and Frogmore Hall

Frogmore Hall after refurbishment

You may have read in the recent press (November 2007) that Frogmore Hall, described as “a stunning Grade II listed building overlooking the Beane Valley near Watton-at-Stone was being brought to the market. The building has been sympathetically refurbished and now comprises six generously designed apartments in the main house, three homes created from the coach house and one newly built family home”.

The original house was constructed in 1863 from red brick and comprised a 60 room mansion and adjoining stable block. Originally the residence of G. B. Hudson, MP for the Hitchin Division of Hertfordshire it was taken over by the Government during the Second World War when it became Station 18, an outstation of Station 43 at Audley End House, headquarters of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) Polish Section. Frogmore Hall acted as a holding and dispatch station for agents being parachuted into Poland until the end of the war.

Frogmore Hall from an early postcard

STL was the first of a series of commercial companies to occupy the mansion being followed by the housing development company Fairview Estates and the ill fated Jarvis company of Railtrack fame.

In September 1988 Ken Pearson wrote the following reminiscences of Frogmore.