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Our common ancestors - Sidney - Contents


Penshurst Place, Kent

Penshurst Place, in the village of Penshurst (pronounced "Pens-hurst"), NW of Tunbridge Wells, Kent (see map and satellite).




Penshurst Place, 2005. View from NW.
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Photo by Ed Lynch-Bell. See terms of use.




Penshurst Place was built 1338 by Sir John de Pulteney.
Baron's Hall completed 1341.
It was home of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham.
It was forfeit to the crown when the 3rd Duke was executed 1521.
After Penshurst was forfeit to crown, Henry VIII used stay there while courting Anne Boleyn at nearby Hever Castle (they mar 1533).

Penshurst eventually granted 1552 to Sir William Sidney.
Seat of Sidney, Earl of Leicester (cr 1618).
7th Earl of Leicester died 1743, title extinct.
Penshurst inherited eventually by Sidney female-line descendants, Sidney, Viscount De L'Isle.




Penshurst Place, on NE side of village of Penshurst.
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From Google Maps.
See street view of entrance.



Penshurst Place. View from NW.
Photo pub 1915. See full size.
From here.



Penshurst Place, North Entrance, 2005.
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Photo by Ed Lynch-Bell. See terms of use.


   
Penshurst Place, North Entrance.
(Left) Photo 1998.
(Right) From Chris Sidney. Used with permission.




Garden



Penshurst Place, South Front.
From Chris Sidney. Used with permission.



Penshurst Place garden, 2005.
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Photo by Ed Lynch-Bell. See terms of use.



Penshurst Place garden, 2005.
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Photo by Ed Lynch-Bell. See terms of use.



Penshurst Place, 2005. View from E.
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Photo by Ed Lynch-Bell. See terms of use.




Interior



The Baron's Hall, Penshurst.
Photo pub 1909. See full size.
From here.



The Baron's Hall, Penshurst.
Photo pub 1915. See full size.
From here. Also here.



The Baron's Hall, Penshurst, "showing the screen with minstrels' gallery over it, and the brazier for fire in the middle".
From A Student's History of England by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1916). See here.




Family

  

House Book of Arthur Augustus Gibbon shows a "Drive to Penshurst" on 18 July 1881.
He surely knew of his ancestry there through the Earls of Pembroke.



In the garden, the private gate from the house into the Penshurst village church. Photo 1998.
This is where I proposed to my wife in 1997.



Satellite image showing location of church just outside garden wall.


  



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