Fortrey's Hall 6193

Mepal, England, Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire

Brief Description

Features of Fortrey's Hall included extensive gardens, which have now been lost.

History

Fortrey's Hall was created in the early-17th century.

Detailed Description

Samuel Fortrey, a London merchant, built the Hall. Later, in 1631 he built the Dutch House at Kew. His son, Sir James Fortrey died in 1719 and his romantic career is recorded on a wall monument in Mepal Church. ‘He enlarged Fortrey Hall with very considerable apartments and with Gardens and other improvements so as to make (in such a place) the admiration of the time'. These have all disappeared.
Features
  • Hall (featured building)
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Authorities

Civil Parish

  • Mepal
History

Detailed History

Fortrey's Hall lies to the west of the Old Bedford River and was built by the Fortreys, refugees from Brabant in the early-16th century. The family was later co-adventurers with the Earl of Bedford in the drainage of the fens.

Period

  • 16th Century
References

Contributors

  • Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust