The Boscawens at Hatchlands Park
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Edward and Frances Boscawen arrived at Hatchlands Park in the mid-18th century. Despite only spending a period of about 20 years at Hatchlands, the Boscawens are probably most responsible for the way we see the house today.
A respected husband and wife
Edward was an Admiral in the Royal Navy; he became a genuine war hero, taking a full part in one of the most turbulent periods of British naval history.
Frances - known to friends as Fanny - was a strong, intelligent and independent woman. She was a member of the Blue Stockings Society, a group credited with preserving and advancing feminism.
Building a legacy
The Admiral bought the estate at Hatchlands around 1750 and demolished the old house. Both Edward and Fanny showed enormous interest in the design of the new house and gave the architect Robert Adam one of his first interior design commissions.
Sadly, the Admiral was not able to enjoy the fruits of his - and Fanny’s - labour for long. While at sea, off the east coast of France near Quiberon Bay, he suffered an attack of typhoid fever. He was brought ashore and died at home at Hatchlands on 10 January 1761, aged 49.
Fanny stayed at Hatchlands for some years, finally selling the property she had described as 'this verdant mansion' to the Sumner family in 1770.