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A lease was prepared in 1939 for Arthur Mitchell. It was for 21 years with breaks at 7 and 14 years. He was also to rent fishing rights, presumably the same as those taken by George Cameron Day, and the same cost of £50 a season. But it seems that it was not followed through, perhaps in part because of improvements that were needed to the house and which were the subject of correspondence involving solicitors in Birmingham. At the time he was living in his own house in Charlton Kings near Cheltenham where he had been since 1920, where he still was on the day (29th September 1939) when he would have moved into Quenington Court and where he still was after the war from 1946. Also, there was a new tenant at The Court from about 1942.
Nevertheless he is of interest as another example of the wealthy people who lived at The Court. He was a brewer and son of a brewer who when the lease was prepared was Managing Director of a major national brewing company, Mitchells and Butlers in Birmingham.
Arthur was born in Staffordshire in 1873, son of a brewer who was wealthy enough to employ servants. He married in Cheltenham in 1908, his bride was from Broadway in Gloucestershiure, he living in Warwickskire. In 1920 he bought Glanfall House, just outside Charlton Kings near Cheltenham. This was a Regency style house which is now a Grade II listed building and luxury hotel, set in a park with pleasure gardens and terraced gardens. Mitchell was an admirer of the Arts and Crafts Movement and he employed Sidney Barnsley Norman Jewson and Peter Waals to extend and furnish the house and to create the terraced gardens to the west of the house with the orchard beyond. Mitchell owned the house until his death. He also bought the nearby Puckham Farm and adjoining woodland in 1935-36 and it was here that he died in 1965 at the age of 91. His son Stephen continued to live at Puckham.