Sulgrave Manor (Home to the precedents of George Washington) by carolmw

Sulgrave Manor (Home to the precedents of George Washington)

The Washington family
In 1539 or 1540 the Crown sold three manors, including Sulgrave, to Lawrence Washington, a wool merchant who in 1532 had been Mayor of Northampton. Washington's descendants retained the manor until 1659, when one of them sold it. In 1656 a descendant, John Washington of Purleigh, Essex, emigrated to the Colony of Virginia. He is notable for being the great-grandfather of George Washington, who from 1775 commanded the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and in 1789 was elected first President of the United States.
Lawrence Washington had Sulgrave Manor house built in about 1540–60. It is at the northeast end of the village, built of local limestone, with a southwest front, a kitchen and buttery, a great hall, and above it a great chamber and two smaller private chambers. Finds of what seem to be Tudor foundation stones up to 50 ft (15 m) west of the current house suggest that the original building was substantially larger than the surviving house. The great hall has a stone floor, and its Tudor fireplace contains a salt cupboard carved with Lawrence Washington's initials.
The house has a projecting two-storey southwest porch, over the doorway of which are set in plaster the royal arms of England and initials "ER" for Elizabeth Regina commemorating Elizabeth I, who acceded to the English throne in 1558.The doorway spandrels are decorated with the Washington family arms: two bars and three mullets or spur-rowels.
The building was restored in 1914 to commemorate 100 years of peace between Britain and America.
Many thanks for all your views,comments and favs,always much appreciated.
this is lovely and so much interesting info given as well
September 3rd, 2016  
It was closed the day we went. Enjoyed the village and surrounding area. What a beautiful setting and a wonderful capture. The blues and greens are lovely. Thank you from Washington DC.
September 3rd, 2016  
As a native Virginian myself, and a resident of the area where old George grew up, I have always been saturated in Washington history. I never knew the earlier background before they came to America. Thanks for the history lesson and the beautiful picture!
September 3rd, 2016  
Lovely shot and colours!
September 3rd, 2016  
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Beautiful shot and the history is very interesting.
September 3rd, 2016  
Great capture of that pretty manor.
September 3rd, 2016  
Double flagged! How very British it looks too even with the Stars & Stripes flying!
September 3rd, 2016  
What a beautiful capture and history of the Washington family I was unaware off. How interesting. They weren't an insignificant family in the mother country.
September 3rd, 2016  
Super capture and history, fav
September 3rd, 2016  
lovely building and capture. Great history too.
September 3rd, 2016  
Super capture, clarity, colors and great historical description
September 3rd, 2016  
Looks a fabulous place, great shot...Fav
September 3rd, 2016  
Beautiful shot
September 3rd, 2016  
Beautiful shot
September 3rd, 2016  
Wonderful building, great history...fav
September 3rd, 2016  
Nice composition and shot.
September 3rd, 2016  
A lovely property and manicured gardens , great history --fav
September 3rd, 2016  
Such a stately building. You've composed it well to convey its history. Thanks for the narrative too.
September 3rd, 2016  
Wonderful :)
September 3rd, 2016  
I like this image with blue sky and beautiful house. Well composed. Fav
September 3rd, 2016  
Beautiful shot of this building! Thanks for the history!
September 3rd, 2016  
Charming building.
September 4th, 2016  
Wonderfully manicured bushes and lovely image. FAVulous.
September 4th, 2016  
Interesting looking place, beautifully kept up. I notice both the union jack and stars and stripes flags!
September 4th, 2016  
A very stately home and captured in this beautiful sunny day makes it look even more beautiful.
September 4th, 2016  
Interesting history and, once again, a magnificent shot.

September 4th, 2016  
Beautiful and interesting!
September 8th, 2016  
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