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History of Moorfields

Moorfields was the dream home of retired eye surgeon Lindsay Poole. Affectionately known as "Jiggs", Lindsay wanted to combine a family home and art gallery to house his vast NZ art collection. Architectually designed by Lyn Maingay, the house was built on part of the original 120 hectare family farm. Lindsay named the property after the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London where he had trained as an ophthalmic surgeon.

Lindsay formed friendships with NZ artists over the years, in particular Garth Tapper and Peter Reid. He had a passion for contemporary NZ art and accumulated many works by Tapper, Reid, John Horner and others. The following site refers to a portrait of Sir Edmund Hillary painted in 1992 by both Garth Tapper and Peter Reid at "Lindsay Poole's wool shed"

Moorfields hosted many charity events over the years but was sold following the death of Lindsay in 2006 to private ownership. Steve and Sue purchased the property in 2011 and have worked hard to bring it back to it's original glory.