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Finborough Hall (Great Finborough Hall)

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house on the site was the seat of the Wollaston family.

    Built / Designed For: Roger Pettiward

    House & Family History: Finborough is notable for its dome and the Entrance Façade colonnade of large Tuscan columns. The Pettiward family, for whom the House was built, lived at Finborough until the mid-1930s, when the Eastern Electricity Board purchased the House. After the Electricity Board vacated, Finborough became the home of St. George's School, a purpose it continues to serve today as Finborough School.

    Collections: A portrait of William Wollaston, circa 1758-59, by Thomas Gainsborough is today in the collection of Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich (Ipswich Borough Council Museums and Galleries). William Hogarth's "The Wollaston Family," of 1730, is today on loan to the Leicester City Art Gallery.

  • Architect: Francis Sandys

    Date: 1795
    Designed: House for Roger Pettiward

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  • Title: Eighteenth-Century Decoration: Design and the Domestic Interior in England
    Author: Smith, Charles Saumarez
    Year Published: 1993
    Reference: pg. 95
    Publisher: London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson
    ISBN: 0297830511
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Art Treasures of England: The Regional Collections
    Author: Waterfield, Giles; et al.
    Year Published: 1998
    Reference: pg. 116
    Publisher: London: Royal Academy of Arts
    ISBN: 0900946598
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
    Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1981
    Reference: pg. 232
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: William Wollaston, 18th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Roger Pettiward, 18th century; Pettiward family here from 1795 until the mid-1930s.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Today Finborough School

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01449-773-600

    Fax: 01449-773-601

    Email: admin@finboroughschool.co.uk

    Website: https://www.finboroughschool.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No