Quenby Hall

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Quenby Hall
Quenby Hall Historical Painting.jpg
Quenby Hall is located in Leicestershire
Quenby Hall
General information
Type Historic house
Architectural style Jacobean
Town or city Nr. Cold Newton and Hungarton, Leicestershire
Country England
Coordinates 52°39′4″N 0°57′50″W / 52.65111°N 0.96389°W / 52.65111; -0.96389Coordinates: 52°39′4″N 0°57′50″W / 52.65111°N 0.96389°W / 52.65111; -0.96389
Completed 1636
Design and construction
Architect George Ashby

Quenby Hall is a Jacobean house in parkland near the villages of Cold Newton and Hungarton, Leicestershire, England.[1] It is described by Pevsner as: the most important early-seventeenth century house in the county (of Leicestershire).[2] The Hall is Grade I listed, and the park and gardens grade II, by English Heritage.[3]

Location[edit]

Quenby Hall is just south of Hungarton, about 7 miles (11.3 km) east of the centre of Leicester and is best reached from the A47 road by taking the turn towards Hungarton at the village of Billesdon.

Descent of the manor[edit]

The Hall from the south-west

Ashby family[edit]

The Ashby family acquired an estate in Quenby in the 13th century. By 1563 they had acquired the whole Manor, and soon afterwards moved to enclose and depopulate it.

Quenby Hall was built between 1618 and 1636 by George Ashby (1598–1653), High Sheriff of Leicestershire for 1627.[4] The village of Quenby was held by the Ashby family from the 13th century and remains of the village are in the present park. The village population was at least 25 in 1377 based on poll tax data.[4] There may have been a house on the site before building of the current house which began in 1618. A clock on the west front is dated 1620.[4] Building finished in 1636.[4] The house is 'H-shaped' and on a hillside location. It has three storeys and a very shallow pitched roof.[4]

George Ashby was succeeded by his son, also George, who married the daughter of Euseby Shuckburgh of Naseby, Northamptonshire. Their son George, MP for Leicestershire, was known as 'Honest George Ashby the Planter' because of the large number of trees he planted at Quenby. He died in 1728, and in the mid-18th century Quenby Hall passed to his great-nephew Shukburgh Ashby (died 1792), MP for Leicester and Fellow of the Royal Society.[5] Quenby Hall remained in the Ashby family until 1904.

Mrs Greaves[edit]

The house was bought in 1904 and restored by Rosamund Greaves (née Lloyd), then remarried with Lord Henry Grosvenor, who restored much of the Jacobean interior. Her son sold Quenby Hall in 1924 to Sir Harold Nutting.

de Lisle[edit]

The de Lisle's then bought Quenby Hall in 1972. They made extensive restorations at Quenby, which was eventually turned into cheese making business on the estate in 2005 in order to bypass planning regulations banning the family from inhabiting the home full time.[6] The business failed in July 2011 with debts of £250,000 caused by over-expansion. The business had then a turnover of about £1.8m and employed about 40 staff. In April 2011 administrators were brought in to find a buyer but none was forthcoming, perhaps due to problems with the export market caused by a recent incident of listeria in the Quenby product. In late 2013 the family put up Quenby Hall for sale for £11.6 million.[7][8]

Stilton cheese[edit]

After a break of 250 years, production began again in 2005 but the business folded in 2011.[6]

Film location[edit]

Part of the British film A Cock and Bull Story (2006) was made at the Hall.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quenby Hall, Leicestershire". quenbyhall.co.uk. Archived from the original on 21 November 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1984). Leicestershire and Rutland. The Buildings of England (2nd ed.). London, UK: Penguin Books. pp. 351–353. ISBN 978-0-14071-018-2. 
  3. ^ "Quenby Hall". Historic England. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Green, Adrian; Schadla-Hall, R. T. (2000). "The Building of Quenby Hall, Leicestershire – A Reassessment" (PDF). Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society (74): 21–36. Retrieved 8 August 2011.  Includes plan of the house and map of the surrounding area showing other historic sites.
  5. ^ "Quenby Hall, Hungarton, Leicestershire, 11 Bedrooms Farms, Estates & Land For Sale". Primelocation. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Quenby Hall administrators seek buyer". Melton Times. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011. Nationwide insolvency practitioners SFP has been appointed administrator to Quenby Hall Dairy Limited. 
  7. ^ "Quenby Hall, Hungarton Road". Savills. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "The de Lisles downsize: Quenby Hall for sale". The Country Seat. 27 May 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) - Filming Locations". IMDb. Retrieved 10 June 2016.