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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Wimpole Hall

I haven't been to Wimpole this year! Which given it is one of the nearer NT properties to me is a bit of a surprise.

The house was begun in 1640 and completed in 1650 it sits in a large park together with formal gardens. I really should have wandered around the lake but I was feeling lazy and it was hot so I wandered around the gardens and sat and read.



















































Sunday, July 08, 2018

Ingatestone Hall

I decided I really ought to go somewhere different and took my annual visit to Ingatestone Hall.

William Petre bought the manor of Ingatestone after the dissolution of the monastries and commissioned the building of the current house. Elizabeth I spent several nights here in 1561. The family were Catholic resucants and befriended the composer William Byrd who composed music to be sung at their private chapels.