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Place was a Tudor mansion in East Berkshire. It stood at Hurley near
Maidenhead. It was built in the late 16th century for Richard
Lovelace. It was an Elizabethan H-plan house. It was built on the site
of an old priory.
- Richard was a pirate. He had sailed to
the Caribbean with Sir Francis Drake. They made a fortune stealing
gold from the Spanish. His son became Baron Lovelace.
- The 2nd Baron Lovelace fought for King
Charles I during the Civil War. When he was away, Roundhead soldiers
stole everything from Ladye Place. His mother was left standing in her
- A small boy told him his father started
the Great Fire of London. Was it true?
- In the cellars, the 3rd Baron plotted to
throw King James II out of England. He and his friends brought William
III over from the Netherlands instead.
- He had artists paint fabulous pictures
all over the walls and ceilings of the house. He spent all his money
and it had to be sold.
- It was bought by a lady who had won
£20,000 in a lottery (£1.5m today). Her nephew, Joseph Wilcocks spent his money
helping people in Hurley.
- The family died out. The house was empty
for 11 years. It needed lots of expensive repairs. So, in 1837, it was
pulled down instead.
- The gateways and the cellars are still