Rochford Hall

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Rochford Hall.

Rochford Hall is a manor in Rochford, Essex, England. During the reign of King Henry VIII, it belonged to Thomas Boleyn, who was then Viscount Rochford, and it was the marital home of his daughter Mary Boleyn, sister of Queen Anne Boleyn, and Mary's second husband, Sir William Stafford. It is now privately owned and is a Grade I listed building. [1]

History[edit]

The manor was originally built in 1216, which is the date carved into an old joist, and some of the arched doorways are original. In its 16th century form Rochford Hall comprised a sprawling turreted manor with a moat and great hall.[2]

Rochford Hall belonged to Sir Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne, as part of his rich inheritance from his mother Margaret Butler.[citation needed] Sir Thomas was created Viscount Rochford in 1525 and Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde 1529,[3] and his title derived from his ownership of Rochford Hall. Following the second marriage of Anne's elder sister Mary to William Stafford in 1534, Rochford Hall was given to the couple as their principal residence. In 1550 the Rochford estate was sold to Richard, Lord Rich.[4]

There have been many additions and alterations to the manor over the centuries. The 20-foot-high (6.1 m) stained glass replica window in the main hall consists of three coats-of-arms of previous owners including the crest of Anne Boleyn.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Name: ROCHFORD HALL AND RUINS List entry Number: 1112586". English Heritage. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  2. ^ In Anne Boleyn's Footsteps, by Catalina Stogdon, 20 March 2007 Telegraph,co.uk, retrieved on 9 May 2009.
  3. ^ Ives, E (1931) The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn [120]
  4. ^ Andrews, D. D. (2003) 'Richard Rich's mansion at Rochford Hall' Essex Archaeology and History Vol. 34 [71]

Coordinates: 51°34′51″N 0°41′55″E / 51.58092°N 0.69858°E / 51.58092; 0.69858