Sir Edward Carey was the keeper of Queen Elizabeth I’s jewels. He built a new mansion, Berkhamsted Place, using faced stone and flints from the old castle, which he held for the nominal rent of one red rose.
John Rooper of Berkhampstead Castle and Bloomsbury died in 1739-40. His son Godolphin Rooper (godson of the 1st Earl of Godolphin) was born at the Castle in 1709 and in turn, his son John was born in 1744. He was High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 1787, but he moved to Abbots Ripton where he died in 1826.
The Misses Grimstone make a regular appearance in the ‘Fashionable World’ pages of the Morning Post in the 1820s, arriving each year in Hertford-street for the London season and departing to their home at Berkhamstead Castle.
Pleasure Trip for Londoners…
Upwards of 100 poor women, connected with the mother’s meeting at St Augustine, Haggerstone, London, arrived by train. They spent a very pleasant day at Berkhampstead Castle, the residence of Lady Sarah Spencer. They had dinner and tea, fruit, &c., and as they left each visitor was presented with a small bouquet of fresh flowers.
(Northampton Mercury, Jul 1882)