In 1996 the Estcourt Estate in Shipton Moyne was sold for the first time in over 700 years when Desmond Someron-Estcourt put it on the market. Mr Someron-Estcourt was forced to sell the estate against his instincts, as he did not have enough money to keep the estate running and had no heir to pass it on to.
The manor house was demolished in 1964 by Mr Someron-Estcourt, who inherited the estate upon the death of his father in 1961. The big house had fallen into disrepair, was too large to maintain and he could find nobody wanting to take the manor house on.
The final surviving member of the family, Eleanor Morris-Keating, died on 16th June 2012, the last of 28 generations of the Estcourt family, who had lived on the estate since before 1303.