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Sudbury Hall

George Vernon inherited Sudbury in the 1660s and spent the next 42 years transforming his ancestor’s smaller mansion into the present Hall. Although Vernon was a member of a modest county family he married advantageously into wealthy families, boosting his political and social ambitions while providing the funds necessary to achieve his grandiose architectural vision. Whilst Sudbury dates from the reign of Charles II, it is Jacobean in conception with a long gallery and a great staircase. The interior boasts sophisticated plasterwork by James Pettifer and Samuel Mansfield of Derby, fine carvings by Edward Pierce, an overmantel by Grinling Gibbons and murals by Louis Laguerre. Vernon kept the traditional structure preferred by the Tudors with the staterooms at the east and the service rooms to the west. The National Trust Museum of Childhood George Devey added a servants’ wing to Sudbury Hall in 1874-83. Today, this wing houses the National Trust Museum of Childhood.

Visitor Information

Address:
Sudbury,
Ashbourne,
Derbyshire,
England,
DE6 5HT

Telephone: 01283 585305

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudbury-hall-and-museum-of-childhood

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Sudbury Hall, National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)

This collection has 15,444 items online

A collection of objects reflecting the changes and similarities in childhood over the centuries. Of course there are toys, games and dolls - ranging from an Egyptian ball to a Bratz doll - but there are also items relating to childcare, costume, education, hobbies and pastimes. The harsher aspects of childhood, such as the lives of the child chimney sweeps, are also represented. In addition the Museum holds in trust many objects belonging to the Betty Cadbury collection of 'Playthings Past' - a rich collection of childhood objects which ranges from the 'World's Smallest Noah's Ark' to the 'Smoking Chinaman' automaton.

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Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire (Accredited Museum)

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The building of Sudbury Hall was begun by George Vernon in 1660. It remained the family home of the Vernons for over 300 years. It still houses a very good collection of family portraits. Many of these are on display in the magnificent setting of the Long Gallery, one of the last to be built in England

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