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Summary

About 60 miles north-west of London, and two miles south-west of Huntingdon, close to the then residence of Lord Sandwich. Samuel Pepys’ uncle, Robert Pepys, lived there and on his death in 1661 the house passed to Pepys’ father. Samuel was due to inherit the property and dreamed of retiring there, but although he stayed there several times, he never lived there.

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Emilio   Link to this

From "The Monuments of Huntingdonshire" HMSO 1926
(at http://www.pepys.info/bramho.html , along with a history of the house from the L&M Companion. Thanks Glyn for the link.)

Pepys Farm, house, on the South side of the road from Brampton to Huntingdon, 400 yards NE of the church, is of two storeys with attics. The walls are partly of plastered timber-framing and partly of brick; the roofs are tiled. The timber-framed North part of the house was built in the middle of the 16th century and to this was added, early in the 18th century, the brick wing on the south. There is a modern addition to the west of this wing.

The original block has 18th century brick walls to the ground storey and a plaster cove to the eaves.

The west room and the room above it have 17th century windows with solid oak frames and mullions and iron casements.

The central chimney stack has three grouped shafts and there is another stack at the west end; both are of the 17th century.

The gables at the east and west of the original block have moulded barge-boards. The early 18th century addition is of red brick with a chimney stack of the same date.

Inside the building, the original block has chamfered ceiling beams and two rooms have open timbered ceilings.

In the west room on the ground floor are some pieces of 17th century panelling.

The first floor has some cambered beams in the walls and partitions and one fireplace has a cambered lintel. In the attics are two old battened doors.

Pedro.   Link to this

Buckden (near Brampton and mentioned in Uncle Robert's will).

Two factors helped shape the character of the village. The first was Buckden Palace that was the residence of the Bishop of Lincoln and would have provided many of the villagers with employment and interest down the ages. The second was the Great North Road that used to run through the middle of the village. It was an established main road from London to the North at the time of the Conquest (and, of course, the one used by the Bishops of Lincoln; hence their palace).
Also for a mention of Sam see--
http://www.buckden-village.co.uk/history/index.htm

Emilio   Link to this

See Uncle Robert's page for Sam's headaches in sorting out who would inherit Brampton: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/884/

Pedro.   Link to this

Brampton (Port Holme Meadows)

From the "Nature Atlas of Great Britain"
Dry/Wet meadow.
The river Ouse forks to run either side of this remarkable ancient meadow. It has been managed for hay in much the same way for centuries, allowing a wonderful range of wild flowers to prosper.
The footpaths, one of which runs along a route used by nuns at Hinchingbrooke, first cross dry meadow grassland characterised by lady's bedstraw, great burnet and pepper-saxifrage. In mid-summer the distinctive sound of yellow rattle seed heads will be heard as you brush past them. Wetter, lower lying parts in the middle have tubular water-dropwort, meadowsweet and marsh ragwort.
The river supports dragonflies including the scarce chaser. May and June are the best.
Flowers include fritillary, great yellow-cress, and meadow cranesbill. Birds include the corn bunting.

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