The name Mynde may well be a variation on the Welsh word “mynydd” which refers to a mountain, or heathland – certainly the Long Mynde up the road in Shropshire is a large hill so this could be correct.


The house, parts of which date back to the 12th century,  is massive and very attractively sits in a beautiful park with woodland and a lake on the very edge of the border between Herefordshire and Wales;   the drive is an incredible mile long, and one can well imagine how enjoyable it would have been for guests to ride up to the house in their carriages, taking in the views of the spectacular park land.  The Mynde  has recently enjoyed complete renovation before being put on the market and both the interior and exterior is mouth wateringly beautiful.  The price was somewhat mouthwatering too!


The Pye family at the Mynde

The Pye family came from Wales and were originally middle class.


The Mynde became home to the Pye family in the mid 1400s, starting with John Pye who married Agnes Andrews – a very wealthy heiress.  By continuing to marry well, the Pye family kept ownership of the Mynde through to around 1709  – indeed they became one of the richest families in Herefordshire.  However as was frequently the case, virtually all the fortune was spent by subsequent heirs – mostly on supporting the Royalist cause, and the Mynde had to go.

Duke of Chandos at The Mynde

The house was acquired by the Duke of Chandos who immediately added the glorious King’s Hall with its Buggatti and Attari plasterwork.


This enormous room, 60 feet long and 30 feet high, has huge Corinthian pilasters flanking panels of plasterwork depicting representations of music, painting, sculpture and architecture.  The ceiling has a roundel and painted allegorical figures on clouds.


In the 1720s both the house and park were remodelled.


The Symons Family

Richard Symons, a wealthy London merchant, bought the Mynde Estate in 1740, he had one son, John and two daughters Elizabeth and Anna Sophia, upon whom he entailed the estate in settlement.  He directed that whoever inherited the estate must take on the surname and arms of Symons.


John and Elizabeth both died, but Anna married Richard Peers and her children were Richard and Elizabeth (who married Sir Charles Blunt, Baronet.

Richard Symons (1743 – 1796)

Richard went on to inherit the Mynde estate and duly adopted the surname of Symons;  he was created a baronet in 1774 but died unmarried in 1796 when the title died out.

Richard was returned unopposed for Hereford in three elections


On Richard’s death, The Mynde passed to Thomas Raymond, the grandson of Richard Symons youngest sister, Anna;  he went on to succeed to the estate in 1796 and took the surname and arms of Symons.  Thomas married Mary Chapman and they had four children:  Thomas Hampton;  Richard Harcourt;  Charles Frederick Raymond and Mary Ann Jane.


He died in 1818 and was succeeded by his eldest son Thomas Hampton who married Elizabeth, second daughter of the Rev. Dr. Hannington, Prebendary of Hereford.

Their children were Thomas George;  Henry Longden;  Elizabeth Fanny;  Ellen Jane and Mary Anne Brookland.


Thomas died in 1831 and was succeeded by Thomas George, his eldest son.


Legends surrounding The Mynde


Next to the parkland at the Mynde is Devil’s wood, and the belief is that if the timber is felled then the owner of the Mynde, or his heir, will die within a year.    The curse may relate to a wych elm which grew on a mound in the park, and it is believed that a witch was burnt here.


Another tree legend says that if a branch breaks from a particular tree close to Mynde House, it heralds the death of the owner;  and if apple trees blossom twice in one season someone in the house will die.

As for ghosts, a former squire of the Mynde  is said to wander around near to the house, and a coach pulled by six headless horses with a headless coachman has been seen pulling up at the house.


1841 – The Mynde (Mynde Park) Household

Thomas Symons 20
Louisa Symons 20
Thomas French 45
Robert Hill 30
John Folkes 20
Charles Dawkins 25
James Jones 20
Mary Ann French 35
Marie Connor 20
Ann Jonsen 25
Maria Minnet 20
Mary Fortunatus


1851 – The Mynde Household

John Pritchard 53 labourer b. Cluddock Herefordshire
Elenor Pritchard 51 Wife, Housekeeper b. Cluddock, Herefordshire
Mary Ann Roberts 16 General Servant b. Orcop, Herefordshire
Thomas Bridgewater 27 Groom b. Kinglsand, Herefordshire
Mary Ann Bridgewater 33 Wife b. Herefordshire
Henry Bridgewater 3 Son b. Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire
Charles Bridgewater 8mths Son b. Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire
Ann Beavan 10 General Servant b. Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire

1861 – The Mynde (Mynde Park) Household


Thomas George Symons 42 J.P.Widower b. Clifton, Gloucestershire
Susanna McKay 37 Housekeeper b. Scotland
Charlotte Phillipps 31 Housemaid b. Herefordshire
Ann Lutman (?) 21 Dairymaid b. Orcop, Herefordshire
Maria Trumper (?) 18 Under Housemaid b. Allensmore, Herefordshire
Emily Bethell 18 Kitchen Miad b. Allensmore, Herefordshire
William Hall 22 Groom b. Nottinghamshire
Job James 18 Footman b. Monmouth

1871 –  The Mynde (Mynde House) Household

Emma Matthews 31 Cook b. Monkland, Herefordshire
Ellen Reece 31 Laundress b. Kington, Herefordshire
Annie Townshend 21 Housemaid b. Eastnor, Worcestershire (now Herefordshire)
Isabella Jones 16 Kitchenmaid b. Kinnersley, Herefordshire
James Wigley 18 Footman b. Wenlock, Shropshire
William Able 21 Groom b. Penrith, Cumberland
George Mitchell 19 Groom b. Devon

1881 – The Mynde (Mynde Park) Household

C.A. Lutwyche 57 Widow, no profession b. Liverpool, Lancashire
H. Latham Lutwyche 24 Son b. Liverpool, Lancashire
Harold McLane 31 Son in Law b. Stroud, Gloucestershire
Mary H. McLane 34 Daughter b. Liverpool, Lancashire
Harold L. McLane 2 Grandson b. Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
Mary Lilney 34 Visitor b. Liverpool, Lancashire
Mary Callon 40 Cook b. Pontypool, Monmouthshire
Mary Ann Jones 26 Housemaid b. Wellington, Herefordshire
Emily Beavan 17 Housemaid b. Breconshire
Mary Whitney 15 Kitchenmaid b. Much Birch, Herefordshire
George Drew 31 Butler b. Wellington Heath, Herefordshire
Oliver Sheasby 25 Valet b. Worcestershire
James Cutter 23 Groom b. Hereford, Herefordshire
Ann Abberley 24 Nurse b. Bredwardine, Herefordshire
Emma Smith 36 Housemaid b. Hereford, Herefordshire
Annie Powell 19 Kitchenmaid b. Herefordshire
Harriett Clarke 16 Housemaid b. Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire

In 1901 Mynde house was totally unoccupied.

1911 – The Mynde (Mynde Park) Household

Thomas Reid Waugh Davidson 62 Lt. Colonel Army, retired b. Rawalpindi,  Bengal
Elizabeth G. Davidson 65 Wife b. Kirkby Fleetham, Yorkshire
Charles Bywater 32 Coachman b. Downhammarket, Norfolk
Herbert John Berran 26 Gardener b. Radnorshire
Curtis J. Williams 19 Gardener b. Ribsford, Worcestershire
George Thomas Meadman 22 Gardener b. Orcop, Herefordshire
William Vonsden 22 Footman b. Staplehurst, Kent
Frederick Charles Frith 18 Footman b. Minsterworth, Gloucestershire
Lydia Lloyd Roberts 27 Cook b. Kington, Herefordshire
Florence Watkins 23 Kitchenmaid b. Llanwarne, Denbyshire
Amy Niole (?) 18 Scullery Maid b. Herefordshire
Mary Jane Niargo (?) 25 Housemaid b. Bodenham,  Herefordshire
Louisa James 33 Housemaid b. Somerset
Ethel Goring 17 Housemaid b. St. Devereux, Herefordshire
Leah  Vaughan 42 Lady’s Maid b. Radnorshire