Wimpole Mannor

Wimpole hall & Gardens 10th April 2016



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We last visited this place way back in 2011 on a cold January morning. Not a lot has changed but the weather was a lot warmer this time however the crowds that head for this old stately home can be massive so get there early. Its a National Trust house with a farm for the kids to see all the livestock, also large gardens and a Folly for you to walk to.


Wimple hall & Gardens
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The following extract is from Wikipedia.


Sited close to the great Roman road, Ermine Street, Wimpole was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. At that time there was a moated manor house set in a small 81 hectares (200 acres) deer-park. Situated to the north and south of this were three medieval villages: Bennall End, Thresham End and Green End.
The house was held by the Chicheley family for over 250 years.[1] The last of this family to hold the house was the politician Thomas Chicheley, who was responsible for the “new” house that was completed in 1650.[2] He enjoyed the house for 36 years until, weighed down by financial problems, he was forced to sell to Sir John Cutler.[3] In 1689, Sir John gave it as a marriage settlement to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Charles Robartes, 2nd Earl of Radnor.[3] On the death of Elizabeth in 1697, without an heir, the estate passed to Edmund Boulter, nephew of Sir John Cutler. In 1710 it was in the possession of John Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who left it to his daughter Lady Henrietta Cavendish Holles upon his death the following year.[4] Upon Henrietta's marriage, in 1713, it became the possession of her husband Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer.[5] In 1740, Edward sold Wimpole to the Earl of Hardwicke, to pay his debts.[6] The Earls of Hardwicke held it until it passed into the hands of Thomas Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden,[7] and then his son, Francis Agar-Robartes, 7th Viscount Clifden.[8]
In 1938, Capt. George Bambridge and his wife, Elsie, daughter of Rudyard Kipling, purchased it after having been tenants since 1932.[8] They used the inheritance left to them by her father, and the royalties from his books, for the long-needed refurbishment of the house and grounds. The final chapter of Wimpole as an owner-occupied residence was closed in 1976 when Elsie died, leaving the property to the National Trust.[8]
Over the centuries many notable architects have worked on it, including James Gibbs (between 1713 and 1730), Henry Flitcroft (around 1749), John Soane (1790s), and H. E. Kendall (1840s).[9] There are decorative schemes by the painter James Thornhill (1721).