Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire


Beechwood Park, Flamstead




Beechwood Park, Flamstead

From J. P. Neale's

Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen

 (circa 1820).


Flamstead has an excellent Free School, endowed by the late Sir John S. Sebright, with 57 per annum; there are other Charities to the amount of 90 per annum, and twenty Almshouses for poor widows, founded in 1669 by Thomas Saunders, Esq., of Beechwood. ...

About one mile from the Village is BEECHWOOD PARK, celebrated for its fine beech trees. The Park is extensive and well-wooded, and the Mansion, which is the residence of Sir J. G. Saunders Sebright, Bart., contains some handsome apartments, in which are a number of fine old family pictures. There was originally here a Benedictine monastery, called St. Giles-in-the-Wood, which at the Dissolution was granted to Sir Richard Page, from whom it descended to the Skipworth and Saunders families, and then, by marriage, to an ancestor of the present proprietor. Chauncy has preserved a tradition that Edward VI. was sent to the house of Sir Richard Page when an infant, for the preservation of his health.

Guide to Hertfordshire 1880

There is extensive information on the Saunders and Sebright families, and the house/estate in A New History of Flamstead and Flamstead - The Listed Buildings

Reference: Arthur Sebright, a Victorian ne'er-do-well: The story of a Flamstead Younger Son

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