Quarrendon Leas

Quarrendon Leas

Buckinghamshire
Quarrenden Leas might not look like much now, but in 400 or so years ago, it was a village, with a moated manor house, a church, and an impressive owner, Sir Henry Lee, a member of Queen Elizabeth I's court. (more…)
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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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Grey’s Court

Grey’s Court

Oxfordshire
Grey's Court near Henley-on-Thames is a Tudor house built by Francis Knollys. He knocked down most of the medieval home that was there before, but you can still see a 14th century tower and wall, as well as explore the house and gardens. (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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Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor

Oxfordshire
Sulgrave Manor near Banbury was built in the 1500s by the ancestor of George Washington, first President of the USA. The building was added to in the 18th century by the Hodges's family. A great insight into the life of a successful Tudor wool merchant, with lots of things for children to do. (more…)
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Hampton Court Palace

Surrey
Hampton Court Palace in Surrey is probably most famous for being the favourite palace of Tudor King Henry VIII. In the late 1600s, King William III and Queen Mary II commissioned celebrated architect Christopher Wren to make some changes to the palace, including adding a chocolate kitchen! (more…)
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Sopwell Ruins

Sopwell Ruins

Hertfordshire
Also known as Sopwell Priory, or Sopwell Nunnery, these ruins are actually the remains of Lee Hall, a Tudor mansion built on the foundations of an earlier medieval priory. (more…)
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Knebworth House

Hertfordshire
Knebworth House has been in the Lytton family since 1490, and one of it's residence was the famous author Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Now, Knebworth is famous for its music concerts. (more…)
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