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Lyddington Bede House

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Address: Bede House Bluecoat Lane, Lyddington LE15 9LZ, England
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+44 1572 822438

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Henry V111 and Catherine Parr stayed there once

The Bishops of Lincoln once owned it at one time . It then passed to Thomas cecil who turned it into a poor house . To house 12 men and 2 women .

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 February 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

An interesting an attractive building but a fairly expensive properly given the size of it and amount of information about it. Kirby Hall down the road, also owned by English Heritage, seems like a better value attraction. Worth a visit Guidebook hilarious. Genuinely. Please do not rewrite.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Interesting history with informative boards in the various rooms. Nice little shop with a very obliging lady who was very helpful. Church in the grounds was open and worth a visit. No toilet on site. Nice picnic table on grass in the grounds.

Thank Maurice L
Rutland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We visited on a bright but chilly day. The building was in a lovely setting, right next to the church. Inside the rooms were bare, lots of wood, you could wander about and enjoy the views inside and out. Staff were less than welcoming, perhaps the cold had spread through them...still a nice place to visit and wander around in... More 

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EnglishHeritageTA, Manager at Lyddington Bede House, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Lyddington Bede House and your review. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed the setting of the site and thought it was anice place to visit. I am sorry you felt the staff were less than welcoming, our staff at site are usually very welcoming. If you could please let me know the date you visited the... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

A fascinating almshouse left pretty much as it was when the last tenants left. Unmessed around and unimproved, the modest rooms for the bedesmen give a vivid impression of what life was like for the lucky needy of the parish who fulfilled the criteria to be admitted. The upstairs with the hall stemming from the original use of the Bishop... More 

Thank David461
Luton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Very interesting even on a cold windy day. Other properties in area worth including in a trip to local area as unless a suuny day where you can enjoy a pic- nic at tables in grounds, not more than 3/4 hr required to view property.

Thank sandra s
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

So enjoyed a lovely walk around this beautiful historic building to help walk off an extraordinary lunch down the road at The Marquess of Exeter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

The Bishops of Lincoln once owned it at one time . It then passed to Thomas cecil who turned it into a poor house . To house 12 men and 2 women .

Thank blackhawk369
Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

This is part of the former palace of the Bishops of Lincoln. It is adjacent to a village church. It was converted to an almshouse for a dozen poor bedesmen and 2 women. (According to Wikipedia, a bedesman is a man of prayer – generally a pensioner or almsman who was expected to pray for his benefactor.) The men had... More 

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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

This was the first time we had ever been to Lyddington and, to our shame, we had no idea that there were such lovely villages in this part of the country. With a pub at each end of the Main Street and countless gorgeous houses and cottages built of yellow stone and with lovely cottage gardens, this village really is... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

It was really fun to try and work out which parts of the building had been what over the years. The house is lovely and the staff were brilliant. We had a great time looking around and loved the little guard tower.

Thank Mary M

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