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Lyveden New Bield, one of the oldest garden layouts in England, this Elizabethan mansion was never completed.
Intended as an occasional, or secret house, which visitors to the main residence could be transported to for banquets overlooking the estate, or to which the family could retire when the main house was being cleaned and fumigated.
View from the house was built by the Thomas Tresham who was a staunch Roman Catholic during Elizabeth I reign, and as such was fined heavily as recusants. This resulted in debts of £11,000 on his death. His eldest son Francis Tresham then became part of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.