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Thorpe Hall, Cambridgeshire

Thorpe Hall, Cambridgeshire
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Thorpe Hall near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire was the home of Oliver St.John, Lord Chief Justice (c1598-1673) and father of Lady Johanna St.John of Lydiard Park and Battersea.

The house was built for Oliver by Peter Mills between 1653 and 1656 and is unusual as it is one of very few mansions built during the Commonwealth period. At that time Parliament was disposing of church property to raise money to fund the army and navy. Oliver purchased the Manor of Longthorne where he had Thorpe Hall constructed. In 1654 the English writer John Evelyn described it as "a stately place... built on the ruins of the Bishop's Palace and cloisters".

Thorpe Hall is a Grade I Listed Building and has been a Sue Ryder Care Hospice since 2011. The Gardens are Grade II and are open to visitors.



Year:
1553-1556
Creator:
Peter Mills (1598-1670)
Type:
Building
Location:
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, UK
Owner:
Sue Ryder UK
Last updated on:
Thursday 27th January 2022

Items of Interest

Oliver St John (c.1598-1673), of the Bletsoe branch, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
Oliver St John (c.1598-1673), of the Bletsoe branch, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas

Medium - oil on canvasMeasurements - H 125 x W 10...

Johanna St John (1631-1705), wife of Sir Walter St John, 3rd Bt by John Michael Wright
Johanna St John (1631-1705), wife of Sir Walter St John, 3rd Bt by John Michael Wright

Medium - oil on canvasMeasurements - H 73.5 W 57 c...