Today’s blog post is a picture of somewhere that is very special to me as it is the actual place that I was born in!
Thorpe Hall in Peterborough is now a Sue Ryder Hospice but between 1943 and 1970 (the year I was born) it was a maternity hospital.
Now, thanks to Wikipedia, here is a potted history of this magnificent house.
‘Thorpe Hall at Longthorpe in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire is a Grade I listed building, built by Peter Mills between 1653 and 1656, for the Lord Chief Justice, Oliver St John. The house is unusual in being one of the very few mansions built during the Commonwealth period. After a period as a hospital, it is currently used as a hospice.
While Parliamentary soldiers were in Peterborough in 1643 during the civil war, they ransacked the cathedral. Parliament disposed of Church property to raise money for the army and navy and the parliamentarian Oliver St John bought the lease to the manor of Longthorpe and built Thorpe Hall. In 1654 it was described by the author John Evelyn as “a stately place…built out of the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace and cloisters.”
Thorpe Hall is situated in a Grade II listed garden that is open to members of the public throughout the year. The curved walls forming the entrance courtyard, gatepiers and entrance gates,former stables to the right, and a shouldered stone architrave gateway flanked by vertically halved pilasters with volutes are also Grade I listed buildings. The late nineteenth century lodge, octagonal summerhouse in red brick with fish scale slate roof, and a free-standing archway resembling a Venetian window in design are Grade II listed buildings.
A maternity hospital from 1943 to 1970, it was transferred to the National Health Service in 1948. In 1986 it was acquired by the Sue Ryder Foundation and is currently in use as a hospice.’
So there you go, and here it is presented in full HDR glory.
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