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New Hall in 1669 from Count L. Magalotti, Travels of Cosmo the Third, Grand Duke of Tuscany, through England during the Reign of King Charles the Second 1669 (1821). New Hall was built at Boreham, Chelmsford, Essex by Henry VIII from 1517 to 1521. Queen Elizabeth granted it in 1573 to Thomas Radcliffe, 3rd Earl of Sussex, who probably largely rebuilt the north wing. The house was later owned by George Villiers, duke of Buckingham, and Oliver Cromwell. At the Restoration in 1660 it came into the possession of George Monck, Duke of Albemarle, whose home it was at the time of this view. In 1737 it was sold to John Olmius, MP for Weymouth and later Baron Waltham of Philipstown, who demolished all but the north wing, which is now The Priory of the Resurrection - a convent and school.
My sister in America, Dr. Gillian Hettinger interested to know if New Hall , Boreham was the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Seems that as mother of Elizabeth, then Anne may have spent time here. It was the school of my daughter in law and we heard from her that this was a fact tho` I don`t see it anywhere mentioned. Usually, it`s Blickling Hall that is written of as the home?
I went to New Hall School to finish my secondary education. I was also told that Anne Boleyn lived at this Hall, although there is no historical evidence that this is true.
In Wikipedia it states that the place was sold by Anne´s father to Henry the VIII who renamed it Palace of Beaulieu (this name was used for the new school dorm, too). There is a lot of information on this site about the school´s history.
It was Anne Boleyn's brother (George Boleyn) and his wife Jane, who lived at New Hall for a time. Before that Henry VIII had acquired it in 1517 from Thomas Boleyn (George's father) for his young daughter Mary to live in, and make extensive improvements to the building. It was to be Mary's home again later.
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