Sudbury Hall is a National Trust property near Uttoxeter just off the A50 between Derby and Stoke-on-Trent. It is well worth a visit as it also houses the Museum of Childhood, an interesting collection of toys, games and activities from over the centuries.
This side of the house faces on to the gardens and lake.
Sudbury Hall is one the country's finest Restoration mansions and has Grade I listed building status.
The Vernon family came to Sudbury as a result of the 16th century marriage of Sir John Vernon to Ellen Montgomery the Sudbury heiress. The house was built in the 1660s by George Vernon, grandfather of George Venables-Vernon the 1st Baron Vernon and is notable for its fine Long Gallery, gardens and portraits of Charles II's mistresses. Inside there are a mixture of architectural styles with beautiful carvings, painting and plasterwork. William Wilson sculpted the carvings above the entrance to the hall. There are formal gardens with a tree-fringed lake.
The house was also used as the internal Pemberley scenes in the BBC dramatisation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Queen Adelaide, the widow of William IV of the United Kingdom, leased the property for three years from 1840. It is now owned and maintained by the National Trust to whom it was gifted by the Vernon family in 1967.
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