Rendlesham Hall

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Rendlesham Hall c. 1800

Rendlesham Hall was a large manor house in the village of Rendlesham in Suffolk.


The hall was built in the pointed style in 1780[1] and two lodges, Woodbridge Lodge and Ivy Lodge, were added in 1790.[2] The hall was acquired by Peter Thellusson, a wealthy banker, in the name of his son, in 1796.[3] The son, the 1st Lord Rendlesham, who went into politics as a Member of Parliament, occupied the hall.[3]

The hall was destroyed by fire in 1830[3] and was rebuilt in Jacobean style to a design by William Burn.[3] The works, which were carried out by Lucas Brothers[4] were completed in 1870.[3] The new building had eight reception rooms, including a ballroom, a conservatory, twenty-five principal bedrooms with dressing rooms, nine secondary and thirteen servants' bedrooms, five bathrooms, eleven lavatories and extensive domestic offices.[3] There were twenty-five acres of grounds with tennis and croquet lawns, and a 4-acre (16,000 m2) walled kitchen garden in a park which extended to 250 acres (1.0 km2).[3]

The 5th Lord Rendlesham died in 1911, and the hall was put up for sale in 1920, but there were no bidders.[3] In 1923 the hall was sold for use as a sanitorium, in which use it remained until World War II, when it was occupied by the British Army.[3] For over 80 years the hall had played a major role in the social life of Suffolk, but after World War II it stood empty, and it was finally demolished in 1949.[3]


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Coordinates: 52°08′07″N 1°24′59″E / 52.1353°N 1.4165°E / 52.1353; 1.4165