The house from a circa 1919 postcard
Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.
Built / Designed For: 1st Baron Marney
House & Family History: Layer Marney was begun in the early 16th century by Henry Marney, 1st Baron Marney, a courtier and favorite of Henry VIII. It’s probable, because of the close connection between Lord Marney and the king, that the house was designed by Guialamo de Travizi, an Italian architect who was brought to England to Henry VIII to work on his palaces. The king, who made Lord Marney captain of his guard, visited the uncompleted house in 1522. Lord Marney died in 1523 and was succeeded by his son, John, 2nd Lord Marney, who died two years later. At the death of the 2nd Lord Marney, the male line died out and the house was never finished. Only the wings of the intended house and the eight-story gatehouse, the tallest in England, were built. The 80-feet-tall gatehouse, with its famous octagonal towers on the south side, was intended to be the entry of an enormous courtyard-plan house that would have announced the power and status of the Marney family.
Comments: The English Renaissance terracotta window mullions and crestings are considered among the finest terracotta work in Britain.
Garden & Outbuildings: The 16th century stableblock was built by the 1st Baron Marney.
Country Life: XIV, 368, 1903. XXXV, 270, 306, 1914.
Title: Radical Classicism: The Architecture of Quinlan Terry
Author: Watkin, David
Year Published: 2006
Reference: pg. 168
Publisher: New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
Year Published: 1981
Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Current Seat / Home of: Nicholas Charrington; Charrington family here since 1958.
Past Seat / Home of: Henry Marney, 1st Baron Marney, 1520-23; John Marney, 2nd Baron Marney, 1523-25; Marney family here from 1166 until 1525. The Rev. Alfred Peache, 19th century. Walter de Zoete, early 20th century. Major Gerald Charrington, 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home