house was the home of the Hake family from the 16th to the 18th century. Thomas Hake and
his son William each represented Peterborough in Parliament during the 16th century and
the family included fenland farmers and overseas merchants. There were also members in
Virginia, Jamaica and Tangiers in the 17th century. Two of the family died in the Civil
War fighting for Charles I and, following the Restoration, William Hake added a sundial on
the house which says, in Latin, "Long live Charles I." The last member of the
family to own the house died in 1833. His executors divided the property in two and sold
both parts in 1847. Only the eastern half survives today.