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Wenham Hall f.35

Wenham Hall f.35

Artist: Blore, Edward

Medium: Pencil and ink on paper

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42017

Item number: f.35

Length: 23.9

Width: 33.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

An anonymous writer describes Wenham Hall thus, "Nothing illustrates the hazy distinction between fortified and non-fortified defensive houses...than Little Wenham Hall. This is one of the most memorable late C13 houses in England. Though the site is moated, we have no evidence about the form of the enclosure, and the surviving tower-like structure of c, 1265-80 was not defensive. Yet two centuries later, Gilbert Debenham (d.1481) and his son, Sir Gilbert (d.c.1495) - 'exceptionally able and unscrupulous villains' - were able to use Little Wenham Hall as a base for their malevolent attacks against all Lancastrian supporters."
Wenham Hall is an impressive late 13th century stone L-shaped tower, which once stood against a timber framed hall. Built of brick and flint, it is one of the earliest instance of the use of brickwork in England dating back to 1275.

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