Exquisite English Country Manor House
Beachampton is an attractive village in the heart of Buckinghamshire's rolling countryside. It has a delightful 14th Century church, beyond which along a private drive, Beachampton Hall is situated. In past centuries the village is reported to have had two manor houses and a mill alongside the river, all of which is recorded in the Domesday Book. Although it is not certain that the sixth wife of King HenryVIII, Catherine Parr, actually lived in Beachampton Hall, the property was certainly listed as part of her extensive dowry when she married the King. An interesting factual programme on the history of Beachampton has recently been created for television and there are numerous historical documents recording its story. Over the centuries the Hall and surrounding estate were owned by several prominent families, including the Marquis of Salisbury, the Cecil family and a former Lord Mayor of London whose crest features as decoration on the window in the Great Chamber, now the drawing room. It is certain that Queen Anne of Denmark visited Beachampton in the 17th Century during the English Civil War and inspected her troops from a balcony overlooking the river and adjacent fields. Beachampton Hall is surrounded by beautiful grounds and has extensive views across surrounding countryside. Many of its features are regarded as being of particular architectural interest including the motifs on the door frame of the Great Chamber and, indeed, the panelled door itself. Windows in the property are particularly beautiful large, leadlight and stone mullioned. There are also high ceilings, beams, several inglenook fireplaces and further attractive features throughout. The present owners of Beachampton Hall only recently found bottles bearing the initials of King Henry and Catherine Parr, and also found what they believe to be a granite cannon ball, possibly dating back to the Civil War.
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