Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Bradgate House (Bradgate)

Bradgate House is a ruined mansion set in Bradgate Park near Leicester, and on the edge of Charnwood Forest.

It was an early brick mansion begun in 1490 by Thomas Grey of Groby, first Earl of Dorset. The house was abandoned in 1719 on the death of the first Earl of Stamford, but did not start to fall into ruin until about 1740.

There are considerable ruins that can be visited, including the chapel.

Bradgate House was the birthpace of the tragic Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days at 16. Bess of Hardwick was married for the first time in the chapel. William III visited the house.

The deer and peafowl help to make the whole area most attractive.

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