Ingatestone Hall is a sixteenth century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor Monarchs: Elizabeth I spent several nights at the Hall on Her Royal Progress of 1561.
Sir William's descendants still live in the House which largely retains its Tudor form and appearance (including two priests' hiding places).
On display are furniture, family portraits and other pictures accumulated over the centuries together with memorabilia of fifteen generations of the Petre family among whom can be found the Fourth Lord, who died in the Tower falsely accused of complicity in the Popish Plot and whose wife was described by Samuel Pepys as "an impudent jade" and the Seventh Lord who spent six hours every day dressing his hair and was the inspiration for Alexander Pope's poem, The Rape Of The Lock.
Other facilities: Tea Room, Free Car Park and Gift Shop.
Members of Mandy who have worked for Ingatestone Hall