Old Gorhambury House

Old Gorhambury House

Hertfordshire
Old Gorhambury House in St Albans is most well-known for being the home of Sir Francis Bacon, politician and philosopher of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. It is now a ruin, lying in the grounds the new Gorhambury House, the current home of the Earl of Verulam. (more…)
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Wrest Park

Wrest Park

Bedfordshire
The main attraction at Wrest Park is the extensive and historic gardens, that began their formal layout in Stuart times. The house itself was built in the 1830s, and visitors can see a few of the rooms inside. Wrest Park was home to the de Grey family for over 600 years. (more…)
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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

Oxfordshire
This grand Baroque-style palace is well known for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill. But did you know that it was a gift to the 1st Duke of Marlborough from Queen Anne and took 17 years to complete? (more…)
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Lanhydrock

Cornwall
Lanhydrock is a Jacobean and Victorian Mansion in Bodmin, Cornwall. Originally built in the 1600s by Sir Richard Robartes, it was badly damaged in a fire in 1881, and then refurbished in a Victorian style by Thomas Charles Agar-Robartes. (more…)
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Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey

Bedfordshire
Originally a medieval monastery, Woburn Abbey has been the home of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford since the 1620s. There have been a few interesting characters that have lived here, including the 'Flying Duchess' and the executed Lord William Russell. (more…)
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Kirby Hall

Northamptonshire
Kirby Hall in Corby is the ruins of a Tudor mansion, which had additional work done to it in the 17th century. Owned by 4 generations of Christopher Hattons (the first being Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I), it was abandoned and fell into ruin by the mid 19th century. In this area you can also see the buried remains and earthworks of Kirby Village, abandoned by the 17th century. (more…)
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Wimpole Estate

Wimpole Estate

Cambridgeshire
Wimpole in Royston, Cambridgeshire, is a large county estate which has seen many owners. The last owners of Wimpole completely refurnished and decorated the house over 40 years, before the National Trust became the guardians of the estate. There's so much to do and see at Wimpole Estate - there's a farm, an adventure playground, plus the gardens, grounds, and of course the house! (more…)
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Stokesay Castle

Shropshire
Stokesay Castle in Shropshire is a fortified medieval manor house, built in the late 1200s by Laurence of Ludlow, a wealthy wool merchant. It has changed very little since that time, with the exception of a few 17th century adaptations made by William Craven, who built the gatehouse. (more…)
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Houghton House

Houghton House

Bedfordshire
Houghton House in Bedfordshire is a Stuart hunting lodge built by Mary Herbert, Dowager Countess of Pembroke in the mid 1600s. It was also home to three generations of the Bruce family. It was dismantled in 1794 by the 5th Duke of Bedford. (more…)
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