Lyveden Old Bield - Near Oundle, Northamptonshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dragontree
N 52° 27.757 W 000° 33.297
30U E 666105 N 5815304
Quick Description: This is the Manor House on the Lyveden estate where Lyveden New Bield is located nearby.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/14/2009 12:40:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM66XE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member T A G
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Long Description:
The original Manor House belonged to the Treshams from the mid-15th century. Sir Thomas Tresham built Rushton Triangular Lodge nearby and Lyveden New Bield (the summer house) which is now a National Trust property on the estate.

This old house is known as the Old Bield (or Build) and it was remodelled in 1604 by Sir Thomas. Sir Lewis, his son, then continued to make alterations. There is little left from this period today but one wing survives.

Rushton was confiscated after the Gunpowder Plot and the Old Bield became the main home of the Treshams.

The old gatehouse from the original house now resides at Fermyn Woods Hall nearby and the staircase from the 17th century went to America.

It is thanks to Pevsner that this information is available.
Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 01/01/1600

Additional Dates of Construction:
Please see above

Architectural Period/Style: Jacobean or Early Carolean

Type of Building e.g. Country House, Stately Home, Manor:
Manor House

Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
The involvement in The Gunpowder Plot as described on Wikipedia: 'The Tresham Family and The Gunpowder Plot Sir Thomas Tresham died in 1605 following decades of religious persecution, his once vast wealth having been severely depleted. His son Francis Tresham inherited the estate, but within the same year, along with his cousins Catesby and Wintour, became involved in the Gunpowder Plot. Thus, within a year the estate had a third owner, Francis's son Lewis Tresham. The estate was managed by Lewis's mother until her death in 1615. After this Lewis Tresham, a spendthrift, lost the remaining family wealth. The estate was eventually sold following the death of his son in 1643.'

Main Material of Construction: Stone

Private/Public Access: Private on the approach to the National Trust Lyveden New Bield

Related Website: [Web Link]


Architect (if known): Not listed

Landscape Designer (if known): Not listed

Listed Building Status (if applicable): Not listed

Admission Fee (if applicable): Not Listed

Opening Hours (if applicable): Not listed

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