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SOCIETY VISIT TO COLUMBINE HALL


The Coach Party leaving St Osyth on their way to Suffolk for the afternoons outing.
Our Society organiser for visits and outings Mrs Joy Clinton is seated at the front.

On the 19th July 2014 a party of Historical Society members were driven to Stowupland, a small village east of Stowmarket in Suffolk, where historic Columbine Hall is situated. The owners of the Hall Mr Hew Stevenson and Leslie Geddes-Brown bought the Hall in a derelict condition in 1993 and though Hew said the structure was sound, they have spent the last twenty one year’s restoring the buildings and the grounds, bringing the property back into use.
Columbine Hall is completely surrounded by a moat, except for an entrance roadway and is over 600 years old we were told. The Hall was built around the late 1390’s and the property has passed through many hands over the years, including the son of the man said to have murdered the Princes in the Tower, a knight said to be an illegitimate son of Henry VIII and much later, for 150 years from 1756 to 1906, the family of the 2nd Earl of Ashburnham, until the Hall and Farm was sold by 6th Earl to the Potter family in 1914!


A view of the Hall after having crossed the moat by bridge into the courtyard. The timber-framed manor house, with its jettied upper storey, is only a very small part of the original buildings, now long gone. New additions have been made over the centuries. It is in grade II* of the Listed Buildings System categories

Mr Hew Stevenson speaking to Joy Clinton and the members about the visit. We had been asked not to take photographs inside the buildings, as photographs could be purchased, but Hew was asked if pictures of our members inside, rather than photos of the artefacts could be taken, to which he readily agreed.

A small group resting before the visit starts

Hew Stevenson’s coat of arms proudly flying

Hew explaining the history of the portraits

The Moat, viewed from an upstairs window

In this picture the Oak Beamed ceiling can be seen above

Looking down a ‘Green Avenue’ into the well kept garden


After the tour of Columbine Hall we were led to the West Barn where tea, coffee and cakes awaited the visiting party, some of whom are pictured here.

This visit was a great success. We arrived well before our appointed time of arrival which gave the party a chance to walk round the garden. There are no fences to blight the view as the boundary is the moat.
The house and one acre platform (the official term for land enclosed by the moat) were presumably constructed to keep out likely enemies. The timber-framed manor house, with its jettied upper storey, (a building technique used in medieval timber-frame buildings in which an upper floor projects beyond the dimensions of the floor below), was built by Robert le Hotot about 1390.

Leslie Geddes-Brown leading Alan Williams towards the West Barn, where functions can cater for from 90 to 120 seated guests

Another view of the lovely gardens, set out by designer George Carter and maintained by professional gardener, Kate Elliott

Click the underlined type for more information about the Hall
English Heritage statistics on Columbine Hall

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