Celebrate National Photo Week With The Marygreen Manor

This past week has been the celebration of photography everywhere. From the 28th July all the way through to the 3rd August, National Photo Week has been enjoyed the world over. Running for well over ten years with some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry all helping to promote what has become one of the biggest events in photography, it’s now a hugely prestigious event.

Since the invention of the camera itself, it’s been estimated that well over 3.5 trillion photographs have been taken. Someone even took the time to workout that if they were all stacked up in one tall pile, they’d stretch to approximately 553,000 miles. That works out at a little over one journey to the moon and all the way back again. With the average number of photos being taken every year totaling around 380 billion, it’s no wonder that this marvelous invention now requires its own week to look back and enjoy, especially as that number is expected to double in the next decade alone.

Taking into consideration the fact that we’ve just missed out on the actual week itself but not wanting to overlook it entirely, we thought we’d take a look back at a photo taken on what was part of the original land belonging to the Marygreen Manor estate in the 1920’s but first, let’s get an idea of the Marygreen’s history a little, shall we?

A little history of our Tudor manor house

The first owner of Marygreen Manor, way back in the 13th Century, was a Sir William de Bruyn when the manor was created within some 150 acres. Lying alongside the brook and Roman Road, the sights to be seen were spectacular. The estate was managed from the manor, which was surrounded by a substantial moat. In the late 15th century another family took over, named the Ropers, and proceeded to farm the Manor of Brook Street. They greatly enhanced the moated house and named it The Place. Henry Roper of the Roper family became quite an important officer within the royal household and as a result befriended Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII. Both of whom were later guests of Henry’s at The Place. The Place, as a result of King Henry VIII’s “Dissolution of the Monasteries” was later taken away from the Roper family and found itself in the hands of the Wright family, with absent landlords and a few yeoman farmers taking control there after someway down the line. Various different owners made improvements over the years but it wasn’t until 1968 that it became the hotel we know and love today. It was at this point that it was named The Moat House and after changing ownership in later years, it was renamed the Marygreen Manor. Now, let’s take a look at that photo shall we?

A shooting party on the Thorndon Estate

1920's on the Thorndon estate

Take a step back in time for National Photo Week

This photo may seem a little familiar if you’ve ever taken the time to read “THE PLACE at Brook Street”. The photo depicts a shooting party sometime in the 1920’s that shows Charles Turner, Mr McKiver, Arthur Montagu Turner and Sir Montague Cornish Turner. The party stands in front of the house that once stood where Thorndon Hall stands today. This was once a part of the 150-acre site that the Marygreen was once a part of. The Turner family were very keen sportsman and enjoyed shooting. On the days when sports wasn’t taking priority, their time was spent gardening and keeping the land which they frequented looking as wonderful as it does now. When this photo was taken, much of the famous moat surrounding the Marygreen Manor was almost gone and very little evidence of its existence remained. The manor house itself during the time of this picture being taken had just undergone some modifications to the west wing, which included red brick and a cat-slide roof which projected out to create a covered walkway (you can still see this today).

This photo is a mere snippet into a time and place during the existence of the “THE PLACE at Brook Street”. If you’d like to find out more information and enjoy more stunning photography in the wake of National Photo Week then take a look at the book yourself. Better yet, pay a visit to one of the most historical sites in Essex here at the Marygreen Manor.

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