Wroxton Abbey is a modernised, 17th century Jacobean manor house built on the foundations of a 13th century Augustinian priory. Named after its twelfth-century origins as a monastery that fell into disrepair after Henry VIII's 1536 dissolution - remnants of that structure remain in the basement beams. Since 1965, Wroxton Abbey has served as home to Fairleigh Dickinson University's Wroxton College. This campus serves American students from Fairleigh Dickinson's New Jersey campuses and other American students studying under the British tutorial system. Independent reports of supernatural activity in the Abbey attest to it being one of the most haunted houses in England (barrels being rolled, non-existant banquets occuring in the dining room and invible animals brushing past one in the corridors). One wonders what the American University made of all this when they bought it!!
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Bramshill Park in Hampshire by Garnet Wolseley by courtesy of Lord Brocket Bramshill
Bramshill Park in Hampshire
by Garnet Wolseley
by courtesy of Lord Brocket
Bramshill House has been the location of the Police Staff College, Bramshill since 1960. Previously it had been the home of Lord Brocket, and of the exiled King Michael I of Romania. The house stands in 269 acres of land, and is a Jacobean mansion. Reference to Bramshill (Bromeselle) can be traced back to Saxon times. In 1605, Edward Zouche, 11th Baron Zouche of Harringworth, bought the property from Sir Stephen Thornhurst of Agnes Court, Kent, and demolished a large part of the building and began to build the present house. This was completed in 1612. In 1699 it passed to Sir John Cope. The famous Bramhill ghost is thought to be a member of Sir John Cope's family, and is associated with the Legend of the Mistletoe Bough.
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Lady Mary Ashley Cooper in Jacobean costume Lady Mary Ashley-Cooper (1902-1936)
Lady Mary Ashley-Cooper (1902-1936), later Lady Alington, eldest daughter of the Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury. Pictured in the costume she wore at the Hatfield Pageant, in which she appeared as the Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of James I, afterwards Queen of Bohemia. Described as tall and sturdily built, she was, according to The Times, the best swimmer in Mayfair and won countless titles at the Bath Club. She married Lord Alington in 1928 and had one daughter born the following year. She was a familiar figure on the social scene, distinctive because of her hair, which was shoulder length (unusual for the 1930s). Tragically, on 2 August 1936, Lady Alington died while undergoing an operation for acute appendicitis. Date: 1924
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