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Impington Hall (drawing by J S Clarke) (Cambridgeshire Collection)

Impington Hall

History of Impington Hall

1579: building started by John Pepys

c. 1650: owned by Talbot Pepys, Cambridge MP (uncle of diarist Samuel Pepys)

1661: several visits to the house by Samuel Pepys

late C18th: description of Hall by Rev William Cole:

“The House pleased me much and is the best of the sort I ever saw. A noble entrance hall is in the centre with 2 Corinthian pillars on one side. There is a common dining Parlour and Kitchen, and on the other side an elegant Dining Room and Drawing Room, and by the hall a most beautiful Salon and Staircase with an open space to the top of the house with a gallery to which all the bedchambers have entrance, the whole elegantly fitted up and furnished, overloaded with carving and stucco.”

1805: Anne Pepys died and hall passed to Pine-Coffin family of Devon

1872: Hall offered for sale by Charles Bamford. Catalogue of sale survives Bought by Mr Caldwell

c.1900: Hall owned by W A Macfarlane-Grieve, then Mr Morey-Weale.

1926: bought by Chivers and Sons. It was an educational centre for their employees until the war.

WWII: used by Royal Engineers to billet troops. Italian prisoners of war were house in Nissan huts in the garden.

WWII Italian prisoners of war, location unknown (Cambridgeshire Collection)

1953: pulled down by Chivers family. A granary was erected.

1990s: site cleared for construction of Percheron Close.

This information and further commentary can be found at:

Impington Hall




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