Bredfield House

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Bredfield House (or White House as it was also known) was a now-demolished country house situated in the village of Bredfield, around 2 miles north of Woodbridge, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. It was a Jacobean building and was traditionally the seat of the Jenney family.

History[edit]

In the 17th century Bredfield belonged to the Marryot family, who built the house. It passed to the Jenney family in 1683 by the marriage of Dorothy, daughter and co-heiress of Robert Marryott, to Edmund, the second son of Sir Robert Jenney. A later Edmund Jenney was High Sheriff of Suffolk for 1740.

The house is best known as the birthplace Edward FitzGerald (31 March 1809 – 14 June 1883), who went on to translate the Rubàiyàt of Omar Khayyàm. Edward's father, John Fitzgerald, had rented it in 1801 from the Jenneys on his marriage to Edward's mother.

It was described as somewhat gaunt and charmless, but in a good park with gardens and ponds and fine stables and kennels.[1]

Bredfield House was severely damaged by a V-1 flying bomb during World War II and has since been completely demolished. In 1984 the park was described as desolate and overgrown, with conifers indicating where the house once stood.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Robert (1984). With Friends Possessed: A Life of Edward FitzGerald. 

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Coordinates: 52°6′51″N 1°18′32″E / 52.11417°N 1.30889°E / 52.11417; 1.30889