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Gateway of Marney Hall Essex

Gateway of Marney Hall Essex

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1780

Shelfmark: K.Top 13

Item number: 25b

Length: 60

Width: 37.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of the ruined gatehouse tower of Layer -Marney Hall in Essex. This was formerly one of the seats of Lord Marney, but was by the 1740's owned by Nicholas Corsellis Esq. The estate was held by the Marney family since the 12th century. During the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, Sir Henry Marney rose to prominence as a Royal Privy Councillor, Captain of the King's Bodyguard and Sheriff of Essex. He intended to rebuild his home on a grander scale, but died in 1525, before he achieved his aim. This is his great gatehouse, which gives a hint of what his planned house would have been like. At this time it was fashionable to have a huge gatehouse and gatehouses were used to display their owner's taste and status. The gatehouse at Layer Marney is interesting because instead of battlements, it has shell gables with dolphins on them which is an Italian motif and made in an Italian material - terracotta. It is an impressive eight stories high and there are two polygonal towers flanking the main entrance

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