History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
By far the most fascinating of the Massingberds of Gunby was 'Naughty' Algernon Massingberd. Algernon inherited the estate at only 16, but he quickly gambled away his inheritance. Pursued by his creditors, Algernon fled overseas to the Amazon. His fate was unknown, so no one could inherit the Gunby estate until 7 years had passed and Algernon could be legally declared dead! When Algernon was finally declared dead in 1863 his uncle Charles took over, restored the house, and added a north wing.
Another notable Massingberd was Emily, a leading campaigner for women's rights and an outspoken advocate of the temperance movement. She helped found the Pioneer Club in 1892 to advance women's political profile.
In 1944 the Air Ministry wanted to tear down Gunby Hall to build a runway. Field-Marshall Sir Archibald Montgomery-Massingberd forestalled them by donating his family home to the National Trust and the Air Ministry had to look elsewhere for their runway. The last Massingberds left Gunby in 1967.
One of more peculiar objects at Gunby is a model of a Napoleonic War battleship made of mutton bones. It is said that the bones were gnawed into the necessary shape by French prisoners of War. Perhaps more expected are the collection of clocks, Meissen ceramics and Delt pottery, as well as fine furniture and paintings and memorabilia associated with Dr. Johnson and Lord Tennyson.
There are 8 acres of gardens with a walled garden, formal borders, and treed walks. Look for a dovecote, stable block, and a special storage building for apples.
Also on the Gunby estate is the Monksthorpe Chapel, a 1701 Baptist chapel built to look like a barn to avoid being discovered at a time when Dissenting religion was illegal and dangerous.
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About Gunby Hall
Address: Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England, PE23 5SS
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 7 miles north west of Skegness, on the A158
Website: Gunby Hall
Phone: 01754 890102
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: TF469 670
Photo Credit: Richard Croft, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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