This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...is now a somewhat decayed farmhouse. It rises sheer out of its broad tree-girt moat, its walls of rich red where the bricks are crumbling, ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 Excerpt: ...is now a somewhat decayed farmhouse. It rises sheer out of its broad tree-girt moat, its walls of rich red where the bricks are crumbling, of green and grey and yellow where they are overspread with moss and lichens. It was built by Sir Christopher de Parham, father of the first Lord Willoughby de Parham, between the years 1498 and 1527. The manor came to the family through the marriage of Lord Willoughby d'Eresby with a daughter of the Earl of Suffolk in the time of Edward III. You can trace a resemblance between the bay windows and chimney-shafts of this beautiful old house with the better-preserved work at East Barsham, Great Snoring, Oxburgh and Cressingham. You' cross the bridged moat under a gateway bearing five coatsof-arms and admire the building which a long period of neglect and decay, the roughly repaired windows and roofs, cannot rob of its beauty. George Crabbe, the poet, lived here, having loved and won Sarah Elmy, the niece of John Tovell, a yeoman farmer, who resided at Parham Hall. Crabbe's son and biographer thus describes the house: --"His house was large, and the surrounding moat, the rookery, the ancient dovecot and the well-stored fish-ponds were such as might have suited a gentleman's seat of some consequence, but one side of the house immediately overlooked a farmyard full of all sorts of domestic animals and the scene of constant bustle and noise. On entering the house there was nothing at first sight to remind one of the farm--a spacious hall, paved with black and white marble; at one extremity a very handsome drawing-room, and at the other a fine old staircase of black oak, polished till it was as slippery as ice, and having a chime-clock and a barrel-organ on its landing-places. But this drawing-room, a corresponding dining p...
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