Sudbury Hall - Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, England, UK.
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N 52° 53.190 W 001° 45.930
30U E 583063 N 5860358
Quick Description: Sudbury Hall a country house built in the 17th Century and owned by the National Trust is located in Sudbury near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/3/2019 6:39:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM100KV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:
Sudbury Hall is located on Main Road in Sudbury. It is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. It is built in Restoration style, also known as Carolean style (from the Latin Carolus (Charles). A style that refers to the decorative arts popular in England from the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 to the late 1680s after Charles II (reigned 1660–1685).

"Although built in the reign of Charles II, the house was Jacobean in conception, built of red brick to an E-Plan, with two projecting wings and a central porch. Much of the external decoration would have looked out of date even before it was installed, and the layout of the rooms showed a similar disdain for contemporary style. By the time he finished decorating the interior, however, Vernon's tastes were more in tune with fashion. The result is a unique and delightful architectural mishmash." Source: (visit link)

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Sudbury Hall is an impressive building, built by George Vernon in the second half of the 17th century. The hall is a redbrick building, now owned by the National Trust who first opened it to the public in 1972. One of the many features restored by the trust is the small dome, crowned with a golden ball on the roof of the hall, which acts as a beacon for travellers. The hall contains many fine rooms, the most interesting being, the Long Gallery and the Main Hall with its beautiful staircase, which featured in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice. The formal garden and meadows at the rear of the house lead down to the lakeside. (visit link)

Sudbury Hall is one of the country's finest Restoration mansions, it has Grade I listed building status and tells the story of a house designed and built as a showpiece for 17th-century craftsmanship. George Vernon created the spirit of the Restoration period at Sudbury which has stood the test of time to be enjoyed today. A detailed description of the building by Historic England can be seen at the following link: (visit link)

"The Vernon family came to Sudbury as a result of the 16th-century marriage of Sir John Vernon to Ellen Montgomery the Sudbury heiress. The house was built between 1660 and 1680 by George Vernon, grandfather of George Venables-Vernon the 1st Baron Vernon and is notable for its superb Great Staircase, fine Long Gallery, and portraits by John Michael Wright, and of Charles II's mistresses. Inside there is a mixture of architectural styles with carvings by Grinling Gibbons and Edward Pearce, murals by Louis Laguerre and elaborate plasterwork by Samuel Mansfield, James Pettifer and Robert Bradbury. The carvings above the main entrance porch were sculpted by William Wilson. There are formal gardens with a tree-fringed lake." Source: (visit link)

The National Trust Museum of Childhood is housed in the 19th-century servants' wing of Sudbury Hall and features a reconstructed Victorian schoolroom and nursery with old toys and games. During school holidays or by prior arrangement the National Trust runs regular activities for children such as treasure hunts, craft days and wildlife days.

For full list of prices and opening times see the Sudbury Hall website. (visit link)
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Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood can be seen at the following YouTube Link: (visit link)

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Earliest Recorded Date of Construction: 1/1/1660

Additional Dates of Construction:
1876-83 by George Devey

Architectural Period/Style: Restoration/ Carolean Style

Architect (if known): George Vernon

Landscape Designer (if known): William Sawrey Gilpin

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

Interesting Historical Facts or Connections:
see long description

Listed Building Status (if applicable): Grade: I

Main Material of Construction: Red brick and sandstone

Private/Public Access: Public Access

Related Website: [Web Link]


Admission Fee (if applicable): Not Listed

Opening Hours (if applicable): Not listed

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