Wheathampstead Heritage: Virtual Museum Exhibit

Brocket Hall
18th Century
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Mansion built in 1760 but original goes back to 1279

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There has been a mansion on this site since 1279 with the current one being built in 1760.  It has been home to two Prime Ministers – Lord Melbourn and Lord Palmerston.  The Prince Regent, later George IV, and Queen Victoria were frequent visitors.  Lady Caroline Lamb introduced the waltz to England and Baroness Thatcher wrote her memoirs here.

The bridge over the River Lea was built in 1772-4 by James Paine in Portland Stone and gives a magnificent view of the house and lake. Many species of duck live on and near the lake, including pochard and great crested grebe. You may see grey wagtails flitting about by the weir looking for food.  They are usually found near fast flowing water and, despite their name, are a rather vivid yellow. 

There are several public footpaths across the estate which includes two golf courses.

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Date Created: 18/03/2014 14:47:06, by: David   Date last edited: 22/08/2018 15:15:43, by: patrick

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