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Mackerye End
Grade I listed
14th Century
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The birthplace of Abbot John and now mainly Elizabethan, Mackerye End has been the site of a house since 1307

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Mackerye End can be traced back to 1307.  The main structure of the current house is Elizabethan, and the Dutch gables at the front form an attractive 17th century addition.

The famous abbot of St Albans, John of Wheathampstead, was born here.  He is said to have sheltered a wounded King Henry VI on his flight from the enemy following one of the battles of St Albans.

The gardens are famous for their display of “Lenten lilies” (native wild daffodils), miniature daffodils in the front two pastures and the ancient tulip trees planted by the entrance.

Renowned 19th century essayist Charles Lamb had fond memories of childhood walks at nearby Mackerye End Farm, which is grade II listed, where his aunt was housekeeper.

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For further information about the Grade I listing of Mackerye End, follow the link below to the English Heritage website.



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Mackerye End, John of Wheathampstead, Abbot John, Lenten lilies, Charles Lamb, Mackerye End Farm

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Date Created: 22/03/2014 10:31:13, by: Richard   Date last edited: 28/03/2014 19:24:03, by: Richard

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