BRAUNSTONE'S TUDOR MANSION, 1485 -1603..


 TUDOR MANSION FOUND.. The second  Braunstone Mansion was built in tudor  times 1485-1603, by the Hastings family  at the corner of Braunstone Lane and  Braunstone Avenue. The last member of  the Hastings family to live in the Mansion  was the widow of Sir Henry Hastings, Lady Elleanor, who continued to live in the Mansion for about a year after James Winstanley had purchased the Estates in 1650-51. The Winstanleys continued to live in the Mansion House until 1775-6. They had constructed the Georgian dwelling then called Braunstone Hall. The Tudor Mansion House had cellars eleven feet deep and both the cellars and ground floors were constructed of irregular stone (similar to the church) with wrought stone used for doorways, window mullions, jambs and sills. Ground floor windows were fitted with square iron bars to which leading lights were fixed. (Fragments of theses items have been found on the site). Upon the stone walls an overhanging raft of oak beams was laid and two storeys of half timbered accommodation were built. Each higher storey being built greater in area than the lower storey. (This enabled roof water to be thrown clear of the foundations). The roof was gabled on four sides with traditional barge boards of the period. The stone walls were mostly two thick except where the stairway must of been which was five feet thick. The ancient circular stone well was found in almost as good a condition as when it was built.

All the above information would have been lost forever but for the interest, hard work and care of a small number of local people who, during the building work on the site, noticed the fragments of walls and excavated and recorded information. Further research revealed more of the ancient Mansion - from a copy of The Leicester and Nottingham Journal dated March 1776:- "To be sold by auction by William Cart, upon the premises, on Tuesday 9th April next and the following days, the household furniture, a quantity of brewing vessels and impliments in husbandry of CLEMENT WINSTANLEY ESQ. of Braunstone Hall in the County of Leicester. Consisting of four poster bedsteads, with various sorts of hangings, feather beds, blankets and uilts. Pier, swing and chimney glasses.

Mahogany, walnut and oak chairs. Real Windsor chairs and settees. Mahogany and oak, oblong, oval and claw tables. Dressing tables, escritoirs, bureaux, chests of drawers, bottle stands, tea chests, tea boards and waiters. Fine old china and wedgewood ware, scotch, wilton and needle wrought carpets, fire screens and pictures. Tapestry hangings, Dutch floor matting, pewter and brass. All sorts of polish, plain and rough kitchen furniture. Cloathes presses and many other useful fixtures, dressers and shelves. Several rooms of oak and deal Wainscoat and wainscoat door, with jaumbs (jambs) and architraves, oak, and deal floors. Window frames and glass and surbases (wall and ceiling mouldings) and many other materials.

The auction will be held in the saloon where forms will be erected and properly arranged for the accommodation of the ladies. The whole may be viewed on Monday 8th April 1776, catalogues had off the Auctioneer on the Thursday before the sale". So we now have details of the structure and its contents. After this, the actual structure of the Mansion was sold, as detailed in a separate account:


Tiles £14.0.0d.
Oak and Timber £165.12.0d.
Lead £34.9. 0d.
Slates £12.10. 0d.
Plaister £36.18.0d.
Deal & Oak Boards £13.11.0d.
Deal & Oak Wainscoat £21.5.0d.
Glass casements & bars £6.4.0d.

- £304.9.0d.

The locks grates and chimney prices not valued. Valued and settled by Thos. Gardner and agreed to by William Oldham. All the buildings (ie stabbles, ect..) from the end of the present Brew House to remain standing. February 15th 1776. So a little more of Braunstones History is revealed..




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