This large mansion house has been renamed twice, being initially Moorfields, then Coddington House/Court and latterly Adhisthana, and was built in 1796 on a farming estate at Coddington near Ledbury by Thomas Holder who also formed a garden and park around the house.

In 1839 the house was put up for indefinite let, and was described thus:
With 200 acres of arable and meadow land, the mansion sat in a lawn of 20 acres and comprised an entrance hall; dining, drawing and breakfast rooms; ten bedrooms; a servants hall; two kitchens and scullery; a butler’s pantry and large dairy, with spacious vaults under part of the house.
There were two stables of four stalls each, a coach house and other useful outbuildings.
The walled garden contained fruit trees, and there was a lake and several well stocked ponds.
Moorfields was marketed with Gentlemen in mind who were fond of field sports.

Henry Edward Martindale Vale

By the mid 19th century Moorfields had been bought by Henry Edward Martindale Vale who further improved the house and changed the name to Coddington House (actually he tried for Coddington Court but this name doesn’t appear on any of the census returns until 1911 although in 1901 it was known as The Court) He added tennis courts and croquet lawns as well as a sweeping avenue and a well stocked orchard.
Born in 1825 he became Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Hereford and achieved the rank of Major in the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
1872 he divorced his first wife Elizabeth after having a prodigious number of children with her, and married Frances, remaining at Coddington Court until he died aged 89.

Coddington Court School

Opened in 2002, this special needs school catered for up to 40 autistic children aged 8 to 19. It was both a residential and day school and was mostly funded by charitable donations, being owned by the charity Autism West Midlands.
Sadly just 7 years later it had to close as there were just not enough pupils and some 120 staff were made redundant, by this time the grounds were gradually being reclaimed for agriculture and the gardens were neglected or removed.

Budhist Retreat

In 2013 Coddington Court became a Budhist retreat and was renamed Adhisthana.

1861 – Coddington House Household

Henry Edward Vale 36 Landowner b. Sutton, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Anne Vale 28 Wife b. Kent
Harrry Vale 8 Son b. Tottenham, Middlesex
Florence Vale 7 Daughter b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Helena Vale 4 Daughter b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Francis Vale 1 Son b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Kendrick 17 Housemaid b. Worcestershire
Emma Jones 23 Nurse b. Weobley, Herefordshire
James Minett 14 Groom b. Bosbury, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Greaves 31 Cook b. Herefordshire

1871 – Coddington House Household

Henry Edward Vale 46 Captain Worcester Militia b. Sutton, Herefordshire
Elizabeth Vale 38 Wife b. Sittingbourne, Kent
Helena Vale 14 Daughter b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Francis Vale 11 Son b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Octavius Vale 9 Son b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Bower (?) J. Vale 8 Daughter b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Harvey A. Vale 5 Son b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Hugh C.W Vale 4 Son b. Coddington
Elizabeth Sanders 31 Governess b. Northampton
Hannah Batten 22 Servant b. Gloucestershire
Ann Twenberrow 17 Servant b. Cradley, Herefordshire

1881 – Coddington House Household

Henry Edward Vale 56 Capt. Militia b. Herefordshire
Frances E. Vale 44 Wife b. Isle of Man
Octavius D. Vale 19 Son, Lieutenant, Militia b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Mary A. Higgins 18 Servant b. Worcestershire
Elizabeth Brastin 20 Servant b. Pendock, Worcestershire
George Jenkins 20 Servant b. Wellington Heath, Herefordshire

1891 – Coddington House Household

Henry E. Vale 66 Dep. Lieutenant Major, Worcs. Regiment b. Sutton, Herefordshire
Frances E. Vale 54 Wife b. Douglas, Isle of Man
Emily Price 28 Cook b. Colwall, Herefordshire
Fanny G. Price 17 Housemaid b. Coddington, Herefordshire

1901 – The Court Household

Henry E. Martindale Vale 76 Major, Retired, Worcester Regiment b. Sutton Herefordshire
Frances E. Martindale Vale 64 Wife b. Isle of Man
Emily E. Martindale Vale 38 Daughter b. Coddington, Herefordshire
Catherine Leighton 28 Cook b. Peterchurch, Herefordshire
Annie Paseman 20 House Parlour Maid b. Yarpole, Herefordshire

1911 – Coddington Court Household

Henry Edward Martindale Vale 86 Landowner b. Sutton, Herefordshire
Frances Martindale Vale 74 Wife b. Isle of Man
Rosa Emily Hicks 52 Widow, servant b. Much Marcle, Herefordshire
Margery Beasly 18 Servant b. Herefordshire