History

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Looking back...

Melford Hall and its family owners

Melford Hall has been a family home almost from the day it was built. Like many big houses it has not had many different owners over the years with just four families calling it home.

Did you know...

  • Melford Hall started out as a monastic hunting estate
  • Queen Elizabeth I visited in 1578
  • Melford Hall was sacked during the civil war
  • The Hall was requisitioned during World War Two
  • The north wing burnt down in 1942
  • Melford Hall was given to the National Trust in 1960
  • In 2010 we celebrated 50 years of working with the family

Cousin Beatie

Beatrix Potter was a cousin of the Hyde Parker family and came to love Melford through her many visits. She drew inspiration from the house and gardens and even gave her Jemima Puddle-duck toy to the children to keep.

A naval dynasty

Discover the naval history of the Hyde Parker family. Explore their naval careers, the battles they commanded, and the hostile storms they weathered.

Wartime stories

Like many country houses Melford was requisitioned by the army. In 1942 it was devastated by a fire which destroyed the North Wing. Discover more about what life was like in Long Melford during World War Two.

Still writing our story...

Filled with memories and treasures from the past, Melford remains alive with hopes and plans for the future. Join us and the Hyde Parker family to help shape tomorrow's chapters of Melford's story.

Do you recognise these two ladies? If so, we'd love to hear from you. © M Shachell

Do you recognise these two ladies? If so, we'd love to hear from you.

We need your help

It's very exciting to receive information and photos from visitors that may have worked here or knew someone that did in the past.

Help us to continue creating a bigger picture of what life was like in and around Melford Hall.

All information, however small, can make a big difference so please email the Melford Hall Research Group with your stories and experiences.

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