Lisa continues her travels around historic South East London, this time visiting Scadbury Park, Chislehurst, and the ruins of Scadbury Manor.
Scadbury is most associated with the Walsingham family who may have come originally from Little Walsingham in Norfolk. Thomas Walsingham (a wealthy vintner from the City of London) purchased the manor in 1424, a sale that was to connect the Walsingham family with Chislehurst for more than 200 years. Scadbury was purchased as a country retreat whilst he and his wife Katherine still retained their London home in the parish of St Katherine’s. The manor was inherited in 1459 by Thomas’ son, Thomas II, and then his son James, who was Sheriff of Kent in 1497.
Other members of the Walsingham family who resided at the Manor include Sir Edmund Walsingham, Lieutenant of the Tower at time of Henry VIII: his brother William Walsingham, who held Foots Cray manor for a time and was the father of Francis Walsingham, Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth, who founded the Elizabethan secret service and was probably born at Scadbury; and Thomas Walsingham IV, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Scadbury in 1597 (as pictured on the Village Sign on Royal Parade, Chislehurst). Thomas was a friend and patron of the poet and playwright, Christopher Marlowe. Marlowe was also probably a spy or courier for Thomas’ uncle Francis.
Originally owned by the De Scatheburys and then the Walsinghams, adn then later the Townshend family, the most famous of whom was Thomas Townshend, the 1st Viscount of Sydney, after whom both Sydney, Nova Scotia and Sydney, Australia, were named. Scadbury Manor, located within the 300 acred Scadbury Park, is is today remembered by the ruins of a 1930s reproduction Tudor building, built on the foundations of the Walsingham Manor, which had itself been built on the ruins of a previous building.
Scadbury Park was purchased by the London Borough of Bromley in 1983 and opened to the public as a Local Nature Reserve in 1985. Its 300 acres of countryside are made up of extensive pasture and woodland around which runs a network of paths for public access. The mixed woodland, which covers nearly half of the estate, includes the remnants of ancient oaks that would have formed part of a Royal Hunting Forest. Today these ancient trees grow alongside a variety of others including ash, alder, hazel, sweet chestnut, sycamore and birch.
Thanks to http://www.northern-ghost-investigations.com/haunted-uk/south-east/scadbury-manor.html for this information.
To find out more about Scadbury Park and the ruined Manor, please visit these sites:
http://www.scadbury-park.org.uk/ (email firstname.lastname@example.org) Make sure you check out the QR codes on the Scadbury Acorn Trail! http://www.scadbury-park.org.uk/Content/QRlinks/Index.html