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Southwest Lincolnshire Country Houses
by Michael Ford, Country House Editor
Fulbeck Hall Day 3 - From Sleaford we aimed for Fulbeck.
Fulbeck Hall was rebuilt by Francis Fane in 1733 after a fire had destroyed the 17th century house two years before. The Fane family had lived there since 1632. The house is in the style of an enlarged Stamford style town house with the addition of the bow end in 1784.
During the Second World War the house was requisitioned by the Army and when the family returned it was a wreck. Henry and Dorothy Fane were determined to save it. Moving back in during 1947 they set about repairing and redecorating the main rooms. These rooms are attractive and have some interesting furnishings. Fulbeck houses the Arnhem Museum commemorating the 1st Airborne Division.
The 11-acre garden is lovely to sit in and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Some Fane family monuments may be seen in the church of St. Nicholas nearby.
Fulbeck is a member of the Historic Houses Association and is open on occasional days in April and May then Sunday to Wednesday in June and July from 2pm to 5pm.
Then back down Ermine St, through Ancaster, the Roman town of 'Causennae' with only defensive earthworks remaining from that time, and back to Ropsley.
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