History at Hatchlands Park
Hatchlands has been a family home since it was built by the Boscawens in 1756. In the years since it's filled many roles, but there's almost always been a family at the heart of the park. Learn more about the people who made this place their own and uncover a few of the fascinating stories from 250 years of history.
Fanny Boscawen was the first ‘Lady of the House’ at Hatchlands and oversaw the construction of the mansion that you see today. This remarkable woman, an often overlooked founding member of the Bluestocking Society, was well respected by her intellectual peers in fashionable society, male and female alike.
Francis Mathew managed The Times in the 1950s and 1960s whilst living at Hatchlands. In 1959, amid a series of print strikes, he hatched a plan to keep the presses rolling.
Celebrated beauty, Beatie Sumner was born at Hatchlands. A controversial figure, she regularly shocked society, but in 1885 she was struck by real scandal.