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by Michael Ford, Country House Editor
Stragglethorpe HallDay 5.
Stragglethorpe Hall is a mixture of the old and the new for it underwent a major restoration in 1913 using, in the main, old materials. The result is a very picturesque house with much timber framing. It has been featured in the BBC productions of 'Middlemarch' and 'Tom Jones'.
Gilbert of Normandy, who owned the manor in Norman times and founded the Gilbertine Order at Sempringham, is believed to have built a monastic grange here at Stragglethorpe. After the dissolution the property passed to the Earle family until a Richard Earle died in 1697. A monument to him may be seen in the church of St. Michael in the village.
The Hall was used as a setting for the BBC dramatization of 'Middlemarch'.
Stragglethorpe Hall offers accommodation and function facilities and must be a marvellous place to stay.
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