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An 88-year-old mother is suing her own son in a bitter court fight over the £6 million family country pile he claims was promised to him ever since he was a boy.
Peter Horsford, 54, told the High Court he sacrificed a normal childhood spent playing with his friends to labour on the the 540-acre family pile in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire on the basis that he would eventually inherit the land.
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But he says his elderly mother, Marian Horsford, has 'reneged on her lifetime of assurances' -and the pair are locked in a bitter court clash over her £2.5m share of the prosperous estate - part of which is rented out as a lucrative wind farm.
Mr Horsford insists he was 'groomed' to take over from his father and even opted to have an eye removed following a golfing accident to get back to his farm as soon as possible.
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He says he was given farm-themed toys as a boy, and claims he was repeatedly promised in the following decades that 'this will be yours one day'.
Peter says he should not have to pay a penny for her share due to promises that were made to him - and if she is allowed to demand the payment, the farm could well have to be sold, taking away 'his life's work.
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Marian, who until recently lived on a farmhouse on the land, split from Peter's father in 2011 and denies promising him her share of the farm - telling the High Court that the work he did as a child was normal for a farm boy.
Judge Murray Rosen heard that the dispute between mother and son was sparked after Marian retired from the family farming partnership in December 2016.
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She is claiming more than £2.5 million from her son for 'the value of...
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