Near Pakenham, Suffolk.—Duke of Grafton.
Euston Hall is a large commodious mansion built of red brick, and destitute of superfluous decorations either within or without.
The house is surrounded by trees of uncommon growth, and of healthy and luxuriant appearance; near it glides the river Ouse, over which is thrown a neat and substantial wooden bridge. The scenery about this mansion combines the most delightful assemblage of rural objects, and is justly celebrated by the author of the “Farmer’s Boy:”—
“Where noble Grafton spreads his rich domains,
Bound Euston’s water’d vale and sloping plains;
Where woods and groves in solemn grandeur rise.”
The estate of Euston is of very considerable extent, its circumference being between thirty and forty miles, and embracing a great number of villages and hamlets.
On an elevated situation in the park stands the Temple. This elegant structure, designed for a banqueting house, was built by the celebrated Kent, under the auspices of the late Duke of Grafton, who laid the first stone himself in 1746. It is in the Grecian style of architecture, and consists of an upper and lower apartment, forming a pleasing object from many points of view in the neighbourhood of Euston, and commanding an extensive prospect.
Fakenham Wood, the scene of the well-known tale of the “Fakenham Ghost,” near Euston Hall, is perhaps the largest in the county, and covers three hundred and fourteen acres.
The ducal family of Grafton descends from
Henry Fitzroy, second son of His Majesty King Charles the Second, by Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, who was followed in succession by
Charles Fitzroy, second Duke,
Augustus Henry Fitzroy, third Dake,
George Henry Fitzroy, fourth Duke,
Henry Fitzroy, fifth Duke,
William Henry Fitzroy, sixth Duke, born August 4th., 1819, married, February 10th., 1858, to the Honourable Mary Louise Anne Baring, daughter of Francis Baring, third Lord Ashburton.
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