History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Euston Hall has been home to the Dukes for over 300 years, but the history of the estate goes back to at least the 11th century, at which time it was owned by the powerful abbey of Bury St Edmunds. The manor welcomed Elizabeth I in 1578, but by the time of the Restoration it had lapsed into a state of decay. In 1666 the estate was purchased by Henry Bennet, Earl of Arlington. The Earl embarked on an ambitious programme to create a grand mansion in the then-fashionable French style.
About 1750 the 2nd Duke of Grafton, grandson of the Earl, hired Matthew Brettingham to remodel the house. Brettingham replaced the earlier domed roof with low, pyramid-shaped roofs, and refaced some of the earier building. This 18th century house was essentially unchanged until the disastrous fire of 1902. The south and west wings were destroyed. Though the house was rebuilt on the same plan, the new building proved too difficult to maintain and the new sections were pulled down in 1952, leaving us with the house that we see today.
All proceeds from visits to Euston Hall go to local charities.
About Euston Hall
Address: Thetford, Suffolk, England, IP24 2QP
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: Off the A1088 at the edge of Barnham vilage. For satnavs use IP24 2QW for the estate entrance.
Website: Euston Hall
Historic Houses Association
Photo Credit: Bob Jones, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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