Helena Snakenborg, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and widow of both William Parr, the Marquis of Northampton, and of Sir Thomas Gorges, died at the age of 86 on 10 April 1635 at Redlynch, the residence of her son, Sir Robert Gorges. She was buried on 14 May in Salisbury Cathedral.
House and gardens
The formal gardens of Redlynch Park, which surrounds Redlynch House, were developed in 1740 on the estate founded by Sir Stephen Fox, paymaster-general to Charles II. Early 20th-century design elements were added by Edwin Lutyens. The east wing of the house was built in the first half of the 18th century by Nathaniel Ireson of Wincanton for the Earl of Ilchester. Information about the Ilchester household at Redlynch survives in the published diaries and correspondence of Agnes Porter, a Scottish-born governess to the second earl's many daughters from 1784 to 1797.
The building was remodelled as a house in 1913, probably by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The west block was previously the stable. Within the grounds are an orangery, summerhouse and walled kitchen garden. The surviving folly known as The Towers is included in the Heritage at Risk Register produced by English Heritage, and the whole park is on the Heritage at Risk register.
During World War II, the United States Army 3rd Armored Division (spearhead) was based at Redlynch Park. Remnants of the entrance bunker are still there along with a plaque thanking the local people.
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