Exclusive to Coldwell Banker Previews Ireland is The Lilford Hall Estate, Northamptonshire, England. This property is now being presented to the international market.
Lilford Hall is a historical and architectural treasure of world renown. With over 100 rooms and set on circa 350 acres, it is one of England`s finest stately homes. Located in Northamptonshire, the property is serviced by Standstead, Luton and East Midlands airports, all within one hours drive.The historical significance of the Lilford Estate cannot be overstated. It was in his library in Lilford Hall that Robert Browne composed his treatise on separation of Church and State branding him and his followers as traitors to the Queen of England, who was also Head of the Church of England. Browne`s followers were hunted down and hanged, forcing many to flee this religious persecution on the Mayflower to America in 1620. Robert himself died imprisoned for continuing to foster the ideals of freedom of religious expression and separation of Church and State.For the first two hundred years the survivors of the Mayflower were not known as Pilgrims Fathers but at ‘Brownists`. It is not too far a stretch to consider Browne himself as the founding Father of America and the present U.S.A.Nowadays over 3 million people trace their ancestry to a passenger on the Mayflower.Robert Browne (1550 – 1633) lived at Lilford Hall for various stints during nearly the whole of his life, starting in 1560 when a schoolboy and ending in 1632 prior to his final imprisonment (and most notably during 1581 when he conceived the modern US nation). He lived permanently on the Lilford Estate from 1591 to 1616, and then at Lilford Hall itself from 1616 to 1632.A ‘Covenant with God` signed by Browne wrapped in Psalm CXVIII, and secured together by a Tudor brass ring was found at Lilford Hall during the restoration project.
An Important Irish LinkThe Mayflower passengers numbered just over 100. It is estimated that roughly half died during the journey or shortly after arrival. The survivors were experiencing severe starvation and would also have perished but for a Dublin Merchant sending a ship laden with food and clothing to their rescue. Nowadays over 3 million people trace their ancestry to a passenger on the Mayflower
Description of the property:
Lilford Hall is a Grade I listed (outstanding architectural and historic interest) Stately Home comprising over 100 rooms over a 55,000 Sq. ft. floor area and sitting on 350 acres of mixed land.
The earliest part of the present house dates back to 1495 when a Tudor mansion was built by the fabulously wealthy Browne family who were England`s premier wool merchants. In 1635 the majority of the present house was built in a Jacobean style around the earlier Tudor mansion to form three wings in a general U shape.
In 1750, the grand Coach Pavilion and Stable Pavilion were built separately at the back of the house both in a Georgian style by the famous architect Henry Flitcroft. At the same time, Flitcroft stripped the Jacobean interior of the main house, and replaced it with a Georgian interior. Flitcroft was also responsible for the removal of the village of Lilford as well as it`s Church out of the parkland.Later smaller extensions to the main house were effected in 1858 and 1910 spanning the gap to the two pavilions, to achieve the final present day layout of the house.
The main rooms that have been restored include the Ballroom with elaborate Georgian and Victorian plasterwork, the Main Dining Room with its famous Gibbons carvings, the Library with its numerous grand bookcases, the Sitting Room which is the only surviving Jacobean room in the house, the Snooker room which doubles up as a theatre, the State Bedroom which has a unique bed alcove for when royalty visits, and the whole of the North Wing.All of the roof and 90% of the interior of the main house is now restored, with the balance (mainly the main bedroom complex as well as the kitchen block) to take about 3 more months. The Coach Pavilion and Stable Pavilion meanwhile are about 50% restored, with the balance (mainly the roof) to take about 6 months.
The first web link below gives comprehensive details on Lilford Hall. The second link brings you to the full version of a documentary film that has been produced by the present owner of Lilford Hall, which will air on PBS in the United States and other global T.V. Networks.
Film link: https://lilford.eduvision.tv/default.aspx
The Lilford Estate also features in the Coldwell Banker International Homes and Estates Previews Magazine (Spring, 2014 Edition).
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