17th Century Quenby Hall – Leicestershire, England

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Added to OHD on 6/21/12   -   Last OHD Update: 7/14/20   -   13 Comments
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Hungarton, Leicestershire, England

  • £12,000,000
  • 11 Bed
The Ashbys acquired an estate in Quenby in the 13th century. By 1563 they had acquired the whole Manor, and soon afterwards moved to enclose and depopulate it. The Hall was rebuilt around 1620 by George Ashby (died 1653), who had inherited it in 1618, the building work had finished by 1627. George Ashby was succeeded by his son, also George, who married the heiress of Eusby Shuckburgh of Naseby (Northamptonshire). Their son and heir was referred to by John Evelyn as 'Honest George Ashby the Planter' because of the large number of trees he planted at Quenby. He died in 1728, and in the mid-18th century Quenby was purchased by his greatnephew Shuckburgh Ashby (died 1792), who restored what had become a badly neglected house, built a raised terrace or platform around it, and made improvements about the Estate including building many of the farmhouses. In the 1700s, when park enclosures were introduced to control grazing, milk production increased dramatically – and it was then that the housekeeper Elizabeth Scarborough started making and selling a distinctive unpressed cheese at local markets. Shuckburgh Ashby brought Quenby back to life as a working estate. At the same time, he restored the dairy into what is now recognised as one of England's earliest purpose-built Stilton dairies. Around the same time, Elizabeth Scarborough's daughter married and began selling Quenby Hall cheese at her husband's inn on the Great North Road in Stilton – a popular thoroughfare for travellers. This is how the distinctive blue cheese came to be known as Stilton. Quenby remained in the family until 1904 when the Estate was sold to Rosamund (died 1941), the widow of Edward Seymour-Greaves, who later married Lord Henry Grosvenor. During her time Quenby was restored, having been 'Georgianised' by Shuckburgh Ashby in the mid 18th century, and much of the Jacobean interior was reinstated including the Ballroom above the Grand Hall. The Estate was sold in 1924 to Sir Harold Nutting, who lived there until his death in 1972, at which time the current owners bought it. It remains a perfect and unspoiled jewel of a High Jacobean country house – the finest in Leicestershire and one of only a handful of such houses remaining in the UK. Many of the rooms are the same as they were when the architect conceived them with beautiful proportions, intricate plaster ceilings, finely worked panelling and fireplaces. It is considered a prodigy house, a term that has been applied to notable English Tudor and Elizabethan houses, usually built with a view to housing Elizabeth I and her entourage as they travelled around her realm. Of those remaining, many are situated in the English Midlands and were the work of architect-mason Robert Smythson, or show his influence. The house at Quenby has been compared to equally important houses including Hardwick and Doddington. Pevsner describes Quenby as 'The most important early seventeenth century house in the county' and it is widely considered as one of the best examples in the country.
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13 Comments on 17th Century Quenby Hall – Leicestershire, England

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  1. says: 458 comments

    Now would this be considered a Lustron house?

    Personally I’d prefer to live in the lodge. The manor house is a little bit too big for me.

  2. Jim says: 5544 comments

    I want all 1,135 acres and like the Ashbys of 1563 I will move to enclose and depopulate the Manor, and pay for it all by marrying the heiress of Eusby Shuckburgh of Naseby.

    Wonderful property, esp. the dependencies, even if the brochure reads like a bad Monty Python script. Interesting diapering of the facade: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13218344

  3. Christie Scott-Swentko says: 1 comments

    George Ashby was my 8th Great Grandfather. I was wondering if there were any pictures of the Ashby Family around Quenby Hall? If so, would it be possible for someone to email me a copy of those?
    Thank you so much
    Christie Scott-Swentko

  4. Tom Matuschak says: 1 comments

    The Ashby’s were also my 8th Grandparent from my Mother’s (McCartney) side.

    Tom Matuschak

  5. Shauna Ashbee Dowling says: 1 comments

    I believe George Ashbee born 1539 is my 12th great grandfather. I live in the USA and if there are any Pictures of the original Ashbys around Quenby Hall, I would love if someone could email me some. I also have a daughter in law living in England, is it possible she can visit and take pictures?

  6. Iva Franks-Singer says: 1 comments

    George Ashby is my 10th Great Grandfather… If I’m counting correctly. I just started doing my genealogy. George Ashby and Elizabeth Bennet parents of John Ashby and Elizabeth Thorowgood. I’d also like to know if there are any photos available of paintings, etc. I live in the USA too. Thank you 🙂

    • Wayne Ashby says: 2 comments

      Hello, I hope this message finds you well. I too am a decendant of Geo Ashby. I have been to his offspring’s estate (Quenby Plantation) just north of Charlston, SC. I am quite involved in family geneology and history. I saw our request, and was confused. You asked if there were any photos of the family which goes back at this point to early 1600s? Photography didn’t come to be for about another 250 years. But, am curious, did you find any paintings? Thanks!

  7. Jose Antonio Quintanilla says: 2 comments

    George Ashby was my 9th great grand father. I like to know if there were any pictures of the Ashby family around Quenby Hall? If so would it be possible for someone to mailme copy of those? or if is possible to visit the house.thanks a lot
    jose Antonio Quintanilla

  8. Jose Antonio Quintanilla says: 2 comments

    thank you in advanced so much

  9. annette amanda nordyke says: 1 comments

    George and Elizabeth (Bennett) Ashby were my 9th ggrans.Their daughter Sarah is my 8th gran. She married John Scarbrough. I would love a picture of any of them !

  10. Kelly Ashby says: 1 comments

    George Ashby is my 12th great grandfather, direct line. Would love to see these grounds and heritage. I’m in the US so it’s a little harder to get there.

    Would also love any photos or history of our line. I’ve only been able to trace as far as the 12th century.

    • Wayne Ashby says: 2 comments

      Hello Kelly,

      May I ask, have you been to our family plantation in South Carolina? Quenby Plantation near Charleston? Quite a sight to see.

      Wayne Ashby


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