Old Gorhambury House
Old Gorhambury House located near St Albans, England, is a ruined Elizabethan mansion, a leading and early example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. It was built in 1563–68 by Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper and it is a Grade I listed building. The house was partly from bricks taken from the old Abbey buildings at St Albans. The estate passed in 1652 to Annes second husband Sir Harbottle Grimston, Master of the Rolls, the surviving remains include a two-storey porch and clock tower. The site is maintained by English Heritage and is free to visit, in the years 1777–84, the current Palladian-style Gorhambury House was built nearby. Designed by Sir Robert Taylor and commissioned by James Bucknall Grimston, 3rd Viscount Grimston, it replaced Old Gorhambury House and it remains the home of the Earl of Verulam. The current house is a member of Historic Houses Association and is open for tours at certain times
St Mary's Church, Hitchin
St Marys Church is a Church of England parish church in Hitchin, England. St Marys Church is the largest parish church in Hertfordshire, and is large for a town of the size of Hitchin—this has been cited as evidence of how Hitchin prospered from the wool trade. The present church stands on the site of two churches and dates from the 14th and 15th centuries, with its tower dating from around 1190. The church has been Grade I listed since 1951, during the laying of a new floor in the church in 1911, foundations of a more ancient Saxon church building were found. In form, they appear to be a church of a 7th-century type, with a enlarged chancel and transepts. These may have been the remains of a Benedictine monastery said to have been first on the site and to have founded by Offa. In 910 the church and its adjoining palace were burnt down, in the Domesday Book of 1086 St Marys is listed as the most important church in the Deanery of St. Albans. Six years in 1304, possibly weakened by the earthquake, the church was rebuilt with flint and stone from Totternhoe in 1305.
In 1220 the nuns and Bishop Hugh of Lincoln endowed a vicarage at the church, the south porch, with its original door and described as the chief glory of the church, was added in about 1450. The Angel Screen is considered one of the finest in the country, the sundial on the south east corner of the ancient tower was erected in thanksgiving for the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. The organ is an instrument built by J. W. Walker in 1871. It has been three times since then, most recently in 1958. The organs carved oak case is by Laurence Arthur Turner and was installed in 1913, modern features include the altar rail with its trademark mouse carved by Robert Mouseman Thompson. The funeral services were held here for the conductor Sir Henry Wood, who died at the nearby Hitchin Hospital, and solicitor and Hitchin historian Reginald Hine
Berkhamsted School is an independent school in Berkhamsted, England. The new merged school was initially called Berkhamsted Collegiate School, in 2011 Berkhamsted School merged with Heatherton House School, a girls preparatory school in Amersham, to form the Berkhamsted Schools Group. The Group acquired Haresfoot School in Berkhamsted and its on site day nursery in 2012, the school has four main sites, the Pre-Prep School, the Prep School, the Castle Street Campus and Kings Road Campus. Mr Richard Backhouse, previously principal of Monkton Combe School, became Principal of the School in January 2016, all Berkhamsted pupils belong to a House throughout their time at the School. Each House is run by a House-master supported by several house tutors, together they are responsible for providing pastoral support for their pupils and serve as the primary link between parents and the School. Houses are both physical environments and communities, each forming an entity within the larger organisation of the School itself.
Pupils attend their house for morning and afternoon registration, to games throughout the day. They participate in School events on behalf of their House, Adders was formed in 1915 to accommodate the so-called train boys who, by nature of their daily commute to school, were often excluded from School activities. Various explanations have been given for the name Adders and it may be a casual abbreviation of the add-on house, or a contraction of Adlebert House, now the Chaplains residence. However, according to a current in the 1960s, the boys were asked for suggestions. On being asked why, he explained, Puff adders, sir, an allusion to the steam trains on which the pupils travelled. Adders is situated in a building next to Newcroft and it takes the ground floor while Frys house uses the top floor. Current Head of House is Mrs Rachael Warburton, dating back to 1897 and situated on Mill Street next to Swifts. Current Head of House is Mr Daniel Van Noordwyk, opened in 1958 in response to the growing numbers of day boys.
Until September 2010, the house occupied a building located next to the Tesco carpark. Coxs moved from its present location to the site of the old swimming pool, the former Coxs house was renovated into a new Drama Studio. Current Head of House is Mr Rob Moseley, Frys is named after one of Berkhamsteds most successful Headmasters – Dr Fry. Current Head of House is Dr Andrew Harker, found along the Cloisters of the Grass Quad
Beechwood Park (mansion)
Beechwood Park was a mansion, near Markyate, England. It now houses Beechwood Park School, ralph de Tony held this site, in the manor of Flamstead, as recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. As King of England, William the Conqueror would have expected this new Lord of the Manor to protect St Albans Abbey and its pilgrims. Ralph de Tonys grandson Roger IV de Toesny founded a Benedictine nunnery, St Giles in the Wood Priory, the Dissolution of the Monasteries resulted in the destruction of the nunnery of St Giles in 1537. The Manor House on the site was used frequently by Henry VIII, in 1537, the site was let to Sir John Tregonwell by Henry VIII. Shortly afterwards, the king granted it by Letters Patent dated September 30,1539, to Richard Page, the property subsequently passed first to George Ferrers, and in 1628 to Thomas Saunders of Long Marston. In 1698 his great grand-daughter Anne Saunders married Sir Edward Sebright, one of six children, only Anne herself survived childhood. A monument in St Leonards Church, Flamstead, is a memorial attributed to William Stanton to the death of her brothers and sisters.
Edward Sebright moved from Worcestershire to his bride’s home in Hertfordshire, further changes were made in the 18th century, a Library was added at the start of the 19th century, and the courtyard covered over in 1854. In 1880 the tenant was Mr W. B. Greenfield, in 1908 he was the tenant of Haynes Park, Bedfordshire. The Sebrights fell on hard times after World War I, the Second World War brought changes to Beechwood. Firstly the Sebright family, with the requisitioning of the house by the government, moved into a house that they owned. The main house became the headquarters for Spillers Foods, which had evacuated from London, an airfield was built in the grounds to land damaged or obsolete planes. Specially constructed hangars were used to house these planes and care was taken to camouflage the strip, at the end of the war the house first became a girls school, which eventually closed in 1961 due to lack of funds. A new coeducational preparatory school was opened in 1964 which continues to this day
Rye House, Hertfordshire
Rye House is a location in Hoddesdon in the English county of Hertfordshire, now in the Lee Valley Regional Park. There were medieval buildings there, for about 450 years, of only a gatehouse remains. The House gave its name to the Rye House Plot, an attempt of 1683 that was a violent consequence of the Exclusion Crisis in British politics at the end of the 1670s. The ownership of Rye House was very stable over four centuries, but the fabric gradually ran down, andres Pedersen, a Danish soldier who took part in the Hundred Years War, was denizenised in England in 1433, becoming Sir Andrew Ogard. In 1443 he was allowed to impark part of the manor of Rye, the called the Isle of Rye, in the parish of Stanstead Abbots. Over 50 types of moulded brick were used in its construction, in 1517 William Parr was living at Rye House, it was the main family home for the Parrs, Catherine Parr and Anne Parr also, after their fathers death, until 1531. It passed in 1577 to Joyce Frankland from her husband William, the Frankland family sold it to the Baeshe family, in 1619.
It was the setting of the Rye House Plot, in 1683, when the putative plot was actively being discussed, it was occupied by Richard Rumbold, one of the conspirators. It was bought by the Fieldes family in 1676, in the person of the Hertford MP Edmund Feilde, by 1834 Rye House had become a workhouse. Subsequently Henry Teale developed it into a tourist attraction, buying the House and 50 acres in 1864, there were a maze and a bowling green, among other features. An affray there in 1885 between Catholic excursionists and Orangemen led to a question in the House of Commons, in 1911 it was described as a hotel. For many years the Great Bed of Ware was on display, the moat was put to uses including growing water cress. The part that had filled in was excavated in the 1980s. The local geography played a significant part in the history of the House, at Hoddesdon the River Stort runs into the River Lea, and the area was often flooded. The lord of the manor of Rye maintained a bridge over the Lea, the causeway became part of the coaching road via Bishops Stortford into East Anglia
Dean Incent's House
Dean Incents House is a timber framed house in Berkhamsted, England. Reputed to be the birthplace of John Incent, it stands on Berkhamsted High Street and is a two-storey Grade II* listed building, the house was built sometime in the 16th Century in the half-timbered style typical of the period with plaster infilling. The ground floor and oversailed first floor have leaded casement windows flush with the plaster, the interior of the house has original exposed timber framing and extensive remains of wall paintings can be seen, however the house is not normally open to the public. It was listed in 1950 and has undergone restoration work. Immediately in front of Dean Incents House stands another listed structure, the telephone box was listed Grade II in 1988
Rothamsted Manor is a former manor and current manor house, situated in Harpenden Rural in the English county of Hertfordshire. The first recorded mention of Rothamsted is in 1212, when Richard de Merston owned lands there, in 1221, a house with a chapel and garden are referred to in a land grant. By 1292 Rothamsted had passed to the Nowell family, passing to the Cresseys by 1355, by this time there was a substantial manor house, with at least 16 rooms. In 1623 Edmund Bardolph sold Rothamsted to Anne Wittewronge, the Wittewronges were calvinists who had fled religious persecution in Ghent in 1564, and had founded a brewery in London. In the 17th century, Sir John Wittewronge, Annes son, the manor remained with the Wittewronge family until 1763, when Thomas Wittewronge died and the manor passed to his cousin John Bennet. He in turn left the manor to John Bennet Lawes, the son of his sister, in 1843, Sir John Bennet Lawes, the son of the earlier John Bennet Lawes, founded the Rothamsted Experimental Station, an agricultural research station, on the grounds of the manor.
In 1931, his descendents decided to sell the estate, and after a public appeal. The remainder of the estate is used by Rothamsted Research. The manor house serves as accommodation for staff and as a function venue, web site of Rothamsted Manor Limited