Bradgate House, Leicester


Monmouth, United Kingdom

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Edward Grey’s son, Sir John Grey of Groby, married Elizabeth Woodville, who after John’s death married King Edward IV. Their son Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, prepared for building Bradgate House in the late fifteenth century but died before he was able to begin. It was his son Thomas Grey, 2nd marquis of Dorset, who built Bradgate House, the likely completion date being 1520. This is one of the first unfortified great houses in England, and one of the earliest post-Roman use of bricks. It was lived in by the Grey family for the next 220 years. It is believed that the house was the birthplace of Lady Jane Grey, later Queen, ruling for a mere 9 days before being overthrown by Mary I. Jane was executed in 1553 and when her father was executed the following year the estate passed to the crown. In 1563 the family regained favour, and the Groby manor, including Bradgate, was restored to Jane’s Uncle, Lord John Grey of Pirgo. His great-grandson was made earl of Stamford. Later earls acquired estates in Enville, Staffordshire, and Dunham Massey, Cheshire, and sometime after 1739 they moved out of Bradgate, which began a long decline. The spectacular ruins of the house are still visible at the centre of Bradgate Park. The house was approximately 200 feet long, featuring a main hall measuring 80 feet by 30 feet. As well as considerable remains of walls and fireplaces, it has four truncated towers, and the chapel is still intact, containing a tomb effigy to Henry Grey, 1st Earl of Stamford and his wife. In the mid-nineteenth century, when the Grey family again wished to stay in the area, they built a new hall, which they also called Bradgate House, 2 miles to the southwest, which was demolished after the Grey estates were finally sold in the 1920s.

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