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Gorhambury, Hertfordshire

Historical Description

Gorhambury, the seat of Earl Verulam, in Herts, 2 miles WNW of St Albans. The property around it was given by the abbots of St Albans to the Gorhams, passed in the time of Henry VIII. to the Maynards, and was sold to Sir N. Bacon, the father of Lord Bacon, the great philosopher. The present mansion, a large rectangular building 120 feet long by 80 in width, was built in 1785 by Sir E. Taylor, is in the Corinthian style, retains a few fragments of a previous house built by Sir N. Bacon, and contains many interesting portraits, antiquities, and curiosities.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5