Peterborough Civic Society

Plaque 19    Thorpe Hall, Thorpe Road
Thorpe Hall, renowned as the finest Cromwellian domestic building in the country, was built between 1653 and 1656 for Oliver St John, Lord Chief Justice to Oliver Cromwell. St John's family and heirs lived there until 1793. For a short time it became a school and in 1850 was bought and restored by the Rev William Strong. His family sold it in 1927 to E J Meaker who died in 1937. Between 1943 and 1970 the house was used as a maternity hospital. The Sue Ryder Foundation acquired the Hall for a Sue Ryder Home in 1986 and completed the refurbishment in conjunction with English Heritage.
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