TM4997 : Somerleyton Hall

taken 8 years ago, near to Herringfleet, Suffolk, Great Britain

Somerleyton Hall
Somerleyton Hall
The first stone manor house on the site was built in about 1240 by Sir Peter Fitzosbert. He was succeeded by the Jernegan family who lived at Somerleyton for 13 generations. The tomb chest of Sir Richard Jernegan > LinkExternal link - Privy Councellor to Henry VIII - is the oldest feature in St Mary's church > LinkExternal link which is located in the grounds, a short distance to the south. In 1610 the house was rebuilt in the East Anglian Tudor-Jacobean style by John Wentworth, also commemorated in St Mary's church > LinkExternal link. Sir John was captured and jailed during the English Civil War (but later freed by Cromwell's troops) and one of his captors, Sir Thomas Allin, bought the estate in 1672. Sir Morton Peto acquired the estate in 1843 and had it changed to the Italian-Victorian house we see today > LinkExternal link. Sir Peto also had St Mary's church repaired and refurbished. A new model village > LinkExternal link was built to the design of John Thomas, the architect of Somerleyton Hall, and the railway > LinkExternal link was brought to the village in 1847. Sir Francis Crossley bought the Hall from Peto in 1863. In 1916 Sir Savile Crossley became Baron Somerleyton and his son, the 3rd Baron, inherited the title in 1959. Charles Dickens - a friend of Morton Peto - visited in 1848 while researching and writing 'David Copperfield' which is set in nearby Blundeston. Sir Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the Hovercraft, tested his first model on the Pergola Lawn of the Hall.
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TM4997, 81 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 25 September, 2009
Category
Manor house   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 492 977 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:31.2449N 1:40.3647E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TM 491 977
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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