Place NameLenton House
Place EntryLenton House/The University of Nottingham/University Park/Nottingham/Nottinghamshire/England
NotesJohn Boot purchased Lenton House as a family home in 1919 after he was de-commissioned from the army. The house cost £9,500 and was described by the selling agents as a “Delightfully situated freehold country residence” incorporating an entrance lodge, stabling, gardens, garage, orchard, farm buildings, gardener’s cottage, grounds and well timbered parklands.

In 1937 the company used land on the south east side of the Lenton House estate for an experimental horticultural research project and during the Second World War, in collaboration with the Ministry of Food, this area was expanded to promote the government’s “Grow More Food” Campaign. By 1944 practically all of the estate was being used for experimental purposes.

The family evacuated Lenton House during the Second World War and in 1946 John Boot sold the house to the company for £40,000. Boots transformed it into an agricultural and horticultural research station. Laboratories and glass-houses were built and scientific research undertaken to discover and develop compounds to treat plant pests and diseases and promote agricultural yield.

The research facility was eventually closed down and the focus turned to providing hospitality.

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