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1893 text

Hinchinbroke was Sir Edward Montagu‘s seat, from which he afterwards took his second title. Hinchinbroke House, so often mentioned in the Diary, stood about half a mile to the westward of the town of Huntingdon. It was erected late in the reign of Elizabeth, by Sir Henry Cromwell, on the site of a Benedictine nunnery, granted at the Dissolution, with all its appurtenances, to his father, Richard Williams, who had assumed the name of Cromwell, and whose grandson, Sir Oliver, was the uncle and godfather of the Protector. The knight, who was renowned for, his hospitality, had the honour of entertaining King James at Hinchinbroke, but, getting into pecuniary difficulties, was obliged to sell his estates, which were conveyed, July 28th, 1627, to Sir Sidney Montagu of Barnwell, father of the first Earl of Sandwich, in whose descendant they are still vested. On the morning of the 22nd January, 1830, during the minority of the seventh Earl, Hinchinbroke was almost entirely destroyed by fire, but the pictures and furniture were mostly saved, and the house has been rebuilt in the Elizabethan style, and the interior greatly improved, under the direction of Edward Blore, Esq., R.A.—B.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Mark Webb  •  Link

Note that the modern spelling is 'Hinchingbrooke'.

Hhomeboy  •  Link

Pepys, politics and the Montagus at Hinchinbrooke (1627-1962)

Hhomeboy  •  Link

brief description of Huntingdon and Hinchinbrook(e) House

Hhomeboy  •  Link

Hinchinbrooke and Cromwell

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Celia Fiennes description of Hinchingbrooke, from her 1697 Tour. (London to Yorkshire)

" ... Huntington is but a Small Shire town; just by it is a house of the Lord Sandwich, yt it is pretty large. We enter a good Lofty hall, in it hangs the Ship in wch he was lost, that is the representation of it Cut out in Little and all things Exactly made to it; there is a good parlour and drawing roome: well proportion'd are ye rooms wth good old ffurniture and good Pictures. There is a Large dineing roome above wth good tapistry hangings, and its Ceil'd wth jrish oake Carv'd with points hanging down like fine ffret worke; this wood no spider will weave on or endure. There are good bed Chambers with good furniture and fine pictures; over one of the Chimneys is a fine picture of Venus were it not too much uncloth'd. The Gardens and Wilderness and Greenhouse will be very fine when quite ffinished with the dwarfe trees and gravell walks. There is a large fountaine or bason which is to resemble that in the privy garden at Whitehall, which will ffront the house. ..."

Paul Chapin  •  Link

"this wood no spider will weave on or endure"
Interesting comment. I wondered if she meant that Irish oak has special properties that repel spiders, but I could find no suggestion of this anywhere. So I guess she must have meant the way it was carved, "with points hanging down like fine ffret worke." I can see how that would be a challenge for a spider. I looked at some interior pictures from Hinchingbrooke, but didn't see any ceilings resembling her description.

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