DIARY: London fields are nothing compared to Pollen’s country pursuits

PR is not just a London-oriented profession. Nor is it exclusive to cities. Indeed many PR folk have adapted to the rural life in some style over the years.

PR is not just a London-oriented profession. Nor is it exclusive to

cities. Indeed many PR folk have adapted to the rural life in some style

over the years.



Take St John’s Jerusalem in east Kent, a magnificent pile dating back

to the 13th century and a former staging post for Crusaders en route to

duffing up Johnny Moor in the Holy Land. The house was given to the

National Trust by Sir Stephen Tallents, first president of the IPR, in

the 1940s. Now - to the dismay of some - the Trust is hoping to sell a

99 year lease on the property for pounds 500,000. The old boy’s PR skill

obviously extends beyond the grave as last Wednesday’s Daily Telegraph

devoted a whole page to criticising the Trust for trying to flog off his

‘important’ legacy.



Meanwhile the home of another PR man Richard Pollen, alive and kicking

at Ludgate, is also up for grabs. A snip at pounds 1.5 million, Dunsfold

Ryse in Chiddingfold, Surrey is a 130 acre estate with obligatory tennis

court, swimming pool and converted stable block. Prospective buyers have

so far mostly been investment banker types looking to ease themselves

into country living and working.



Pollen himself did much the same thing, running Richard Pollen and Co

from the stables until being wooed and won by Ludgate in 1994. But even

though work now drags him back to the Smoke, Pollen reacts with horror

at the thought of moving to London. ‘It’s quite enough being here during

the day,’ he says. Instead he says he is looking for something suitable

nearby.



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