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Gaynes Hall (Gaines Hall) (Park Hall)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier 13th century house on, or near, the site of the current house that was built by Viel de Engaine.

    Built / Designed For: Sir James Duberly

    House & Family History: Sir Oliver Cromwell (1566-1655), uncle and namesake of the lord protector, leased the Gaynes Estate for 21 years. In 1940 Gaynes was requisitioned by the Special Operations Executive. Using the code name Station 61, Gaynes Hall was the headquarters for the Air Liaison officers during World War II. After the war, the House was used as the administrative office and governor's house for Gaynes Hall Borstal, which remained in operation until 1983. In 1985 Gaynes Hall was purchased by AIM Technology, which used the House for offices for two years. In 1994 the House was sold and converted into a private home.

  • Architect: George Byfield

    Date: Circa 1800
    Designed: House for Sir James Duberly

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 210, 1854.

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Viel de Engaine, 13th century. Sir Oliver Cromwell, 17th century. Sir James Beverley, 17th century; Beverley family here until 1717. General Thomas Handasyd, 18th century. Elizabeth Galley, 18th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir James Duberly, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unknown

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No