Loseley Park

BY CHARLES EVANS

The builder of Loseley, where a house existed from much earlier times, was Sir William More, a kinsman of the Blessed Sir Thomas More, and son of Sir Christopher More, a trusted servant of Henry VIII. Building accounts show the work to have occupied the years 1561-69, so that the house is one of the earliest built under Queen Elizabeth – who often visited Loseley. The design is an interesting development from Gothic tradition towards the stricter symmetry and more restrained lines of the next age.

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The materials consist of ragstone from the ruins of Waverley Abbey near Farnham, and the local hard chalk – in which is carved a number of ornate chimney-pieces in the house.

The hall preserves its original form but has been regularly altered. Its most interesting feature is a series of carved, inlaid and painted panels brought in 1685 from Henry VIII’s fantastic palace of Nonsuch in 1685.

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Other rooms contain elaborate ceilings and good family portraits.

The late 17th Century terrace gardens are picturesque.

Loseley Park - Shoot 02 (28th April 2014)