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View of Lees Court, showing stables and office wing (1)

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Lees Court is shown in the foreground, with the brick offices and stables to the rear. A screen wall connects the house to the offices and stables, enclosing the service court in between. Lees Court was built c. 1640 for the Royalist Sir George Sondes (Summerson).

Literature

J. Summerson, Architecture in Britain 1530-1830, 1983, p. 167.

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