Hassop Hall

Hassop Hall is a 17th century country house near Bakewell, Derbyshire which is now operated as an hotel. It is a Grade II* listed building. The Manor was owned by the Foljambe family until the 14th century when it passed by the marriage of Alice Foljambe to Sir Robert Plumpton. His son Sir William Plumpton served as High Sheriff of Derbyshire in 1453. The Plumptons sold the estate in 1498 to Catherine Eyre. The manor house was substantially rebuilt in the early 17th century by Thomas Eyre. During this period the Eyres were strongly Royalist and during the Civil War the family allowed the Hall to be garrisoned by the King's Army. In 1646 the estate was sequestered by the Commonwealth and Rowland Eyre was obliged to compound at a cost of £21000 for its return. The house was rebuilt about 1774 but in 1827 was greatly altered by Francis Eyre who had in 1814 wrongly claimed the title of 6th Earl of Newburgh. A substantial mansion was created, with a south front of three storeys and seven bays alternately canted to full height , and a pedimented Tuscan order doorway. The claim to the Earldom was based upon the marriage of Francis Eyre (d 1804) to Mary Radclyffe , daughter of Charles Radclyffe, 5th Earl of Derwentwater, (3rd son of Edward Radclyffe, 2nd Earl of Derwentwater) and Charlotte Maria Livingstone, 3rd Countess of Newburgh. Although Mary's brother and his son had succeeded as 4th and 5th Earl of Newburgh, Mary's claim (and therefore that of Francis) ultimately proved subordinate to that of a daughter by an earlier marriage. In 1833 Mary Dorothea Eyre, who married Charles Leslie, inherited the Hassop estate. In 1919 the Leslie family sold it to Sir Henry Stephenson. The Stephenson family sold the house and grounds in 1975 to Thomas Chapman, who converted it into an hotel.

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