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