Breamore House, Hampshire, view from the south

Breamore House is an Elizabethan manor house noted for its fine collection of paintings and furniture and situated in Breamore, just north of Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England.

Breamore House was completed in 1583 by the Dodington family. The building underwent minor changes in the 18th century and underwent considerable restoration after a major fire in 1856.

Purchased in the 18th century by Sir Edward Hulse, physician to Kings George I and George II,[1] the home is still inhabited by the Hulse family, who became baronets (see wikipedia:Hulse Baronets).[2][3] Thanks to an intermarriage with Dame Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London and owner of Kew Palace, the Hulse family acquired many heirlooms of the Sussex Levetts, an ancient Norman family, which are on display in the house.[4] (Levett's other daughter Frances married Thomas Lewis Esq. of St. Pierre, Monmouthshire, Wales; his daughter Mary married Abraham Blackborne,[5] a London merchant who lived at Clapham,[6] and whose son Abraham, vicar of Dagenham, married Frances Fanshawe,[7] daughter of Thomas Fanshawe of Parsloes Manor.)[8][9][10]

Elizabeth Hulse, only daughter of Sir Edward Hulse, M.D., Baronet, and physician to Queen Ann, King George I and King George II, was married in 1757 to John Calvert of Albury Hall, Hertfordshire.[11] (John Calvert was member of Parliament for Wendover in 1754 and later for Hertford.) The wedding was performed by Abraham Blackborne, vicar of Dagenham, Essex.[12] The brothers Thomas, Edward and Richard, sons of Sir Edward Hulse and his wife Elizabeth, all attended the University of Cambridge.[13] A fourth son, Levett, died as an infant.

Breamore House was used as one of the locations for the 2005 film "Pride & Prejudice". The house also served as a filming location for HBO's 2009 special on Winston Churchill entitled Into the Storm, where the house stood in for Chequers, the country home of the British Prime Minister.[14]

Countryside museum[edit | edit source]

The House has a farming/countryside museum housed in the joining farm buildings and stables. The museum houses a large collection of vintage agricultural machinery, steam engines and tractors. The museum also has a number of typical farm and village 'scenes' from the 1800's eara of farming.

Visitors can see full size replicas of a farm worker’s cottage before the advent of electricity, a blacksmith’s shop, a dairy, wheelwright’s shop, a brewery, a saddler’s shop and cobbler’s shed, village shop, school, cooperage, bakers, laundry and early garage represent recent developments.[15]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sir Edward Hulse was the son of Edward Hulse, MD, physician to the Court of the William, Prince of Orange in 1677, and Treasurer of the Royal College of Physicians, London.
  2. Breamore House, Hampshire, British History Online
  3. History, gazeteer, and directory of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, William White, 1878
  4. The Baronetage of England, John Debrett, 1840
  5. Following Blackborne's death, his widow Mary Levett, also mother to barrister Levett Blackborne who became heir of Sir Richard Levett, remarried Robert Thoroton of Screveton Hall, Flintham, Nottinghamshire in 1722, who was descended from Thomas Thoroton, brother and heir of the famous antiquary Robert Thoroton. Mary Blackborne Thoroton nee Levett had several children by Blackborne, including a daughter Elizabeth, who married Charles Chaplin of Tathwell Hall.[1] The Thoroton Hildyard family continues to reside at Flintham today.[2]
  6. Burial of Abraham Blackbourn, Gent., of Clapham, 1721, Richmond, Surrey, The Publications of the Surrey Parish Register Society, London, 1905
  7. The Fanshawe manor at Dagenham, Valence House, is the only surviving of the five manor houses of Dagenham, and is today a museum.[3]
  8. The House of Commons, 1690-1715, David Hayton, 2002
  9. Levet tombs, Saint Anne's Church, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, British History Online
  10. Abraham Blackbourne, Visitation of England, Joseph Jackson Howard, England College of Arms, 1906
  11. One of Elizabeth Hulse's brothers was Sir Edward Hulse, Bart., who married Hannah Vanderplanck; the other was Richard Hulse, who served as High Sheriff of Kent in 1768.
  12. The Register Book of Marriages Belonging to the Parish of St. George, Hanover Square, Middlesex, London, 1886
  13. Hulse, Thomas in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.
  14. The South-Central Region on Screen

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