Gunby Hall

BY CHARLES EVANS

‘A haunt of ancient peace’. But the much-quoted line was written here by Tennyson, whose home, Somersby, is near-by, and may well have been inspired by Gunby, situated in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

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Sir William Massingberd, of a Saxon family settled hereabouts since the 14th Century, built the hall in 1700.

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The walled gardens, stable-yard, pigeon house, and other surroundings are as little altered as the panelled rooms of the house. It contains, besides much contemporary furniture, a group of portraits of the Johnson-Boswell circle, inherited from the Doctor’s friend, Bennet Langton.

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