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Today I was out and about at Lyveden New Bield a National Trust property in Northamptonshire. The lodge and garden were created by Sir Thomas Tresham between 1595 and 1603. Upon his death in that year, the family wealth depleted, the estate passed to his son Francis Tresham. However Francis along with his cousins Catesby and Wintour, he became involved in the Gunpowder Plot. It is rumoured, but unproven that Tresham penned the letter which was intercepted by Secretary of State, Robert Cecil and which proved decisive in the failure of the plot.  Tresham was arrested and sent to the Tower, but died of natural causes in 1605. The estate then passed to Francis son Lewis. The lodge was never completed, Lewis lost the remainder of the family wealth.

What remains of the lodge, and what we saw today is a virtually complete structure minus the roof and interior.

The image below show one of the mounds in the gardens which are surrounded on three sides by a moat.

Lyveden Gardens

Lyveden Gardens

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