Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Found the Family Mansion

Yep true

Sue and I found The Wilderness. What's The Wilderness?

It is the mansion which my great grandfather 5 times removed lived in and I believe built back in the 1720's. If he didn't have it built at least he extended it. I'm seeking more information on this.

From searching family history we found that this gentleman Sir John Pratt was Lord Chief Justice of England from 1718 until 1725 and interim Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1721.

He bought The Wilderness in Seal Kent.

It is a magnificant building now owned by a blind school and we were shown part of it by the director of education who happened to be there.

It has one of the best Georgian staircases in the country.

Afterwards we went to see the local church where there are plaques on the wall in memory of family members as well as stained glass windows provided by them.

Nearby was the family vault.

It was very interesting realising that my forefathers walked in the same spot as me all those years ago.

Thought for today: Do you appreciate what your ancestors did for you?

Joke for today:- What do you get if you cross an owl with a skunk?
Something that smells but doesn't give a hoot!

On this day:- In 79AD Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii
In 1724 George Stubbs the great horse painter was born

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