Joan Stevenson & Anthony Squires
BRADGATE PARK Childhood Home of Lady Jane Grey
2nd edition – fully revised and expanded
Publication date 2nd edition1999 (first edition 1994)
Size 84 pages 200 x 210mm
24 colour, 43 b/w photographs, 3 maps
Bradgate Park, six miles north-west of Leicester, is a deer park in the English Midlands. Thomas Grey, 1st Marquis of Dorset, built Bradgate House and it acquired national significance as the home of Lady Jane Grey, the nine day queen. The Greys of Groby, later earls of Stamford, also had houses at Enville, Staffordshire, and Dunham Massey, Cheshire, and owned Bradgate until 1926. Charles Bennion bought and presented it to the people of Leicestershire, a 1000 acre time capsule of landscape preserved in a remarkable wild state.
This attractive 84 page book provides a superb illustrated history of the park and house, and the Grey family who owned them for five centuries. Joan Stevenson and Anthony Squires set out a comprehensive historical framework for the park and the family that owned and developed it for so long. However they also have a depth of local knowledge and appreciation of the landscape, bringing the present day park to life.
Chapters cover the medieval deer park, the rise of the Greys, the building of Bradgate House, detailed descriptions of the Greys in Tudor times, and the fate of the family and the park following Lady Jane Grey’s tragic beheading.
The book is lavishly illustrated with photographs and drawings, including a great range of maps, diagrams, and a selection of feature boxes covering everything from the Manor of Groby, the rocks in Bradgate, Bradgate village, and Old John Tower (right), through to Bradgate’s ancient oaks, stone walls, rabbits, deer, the mystery ditches. It also includes a self-guided walk and detailed map, enabling you to explore one of the best-loved landmarks in Leicestershire.