Runwell Hall - the Lordship of the Manor of Runwell.

The history of 'The Thomas Kemble'.

AD 925 King Athelstone granted the Manor to the Cathedral Church of St Paul.

AD 1316 King Edward I confirmed the grant to the Dean and Chapter.

AD 1538 King Henry VIII bestowed the Manor upon Sir Anthony Browne.

AD 1547 from whom inherited Lord Clinton. It then passed to Sir John Gate who was attainted by…

AD 1553 Queen Mary who granted the manor to her Lady in Waiting, Susannah Tonge, who was succeeded by her nephew…

AD 1590 George White of Hutton, who disposed of it to…

AD 1679 Simon Rogers and thence it passed to…

AD 1723 Thomas and Benjamin Boddington.

AD 1824 It was acquired by Thomas Nash Kemble whose family resided here until…

AD 1951 when it was acquired by Harold Perry and Irene Elsie Susannah Liberty.

It was then acquired by Charles Kenneth Mayo and in…

AD 1980 a property within Runwell Manor was acquired by BASS and following extensive modernisation and refurbishment in…

AD 1985 the house was renamed The THOMAS KEMBLE. 

Comments about this page

  • I had my wedding reception at the Thomas Kemble in the upstairs suite. I have photos of me on the staircase.

    By Sandra morter (02/01/2018)
  • Douglas, there is a series of photos on the site showing interior shots of Runwell Hall, dating between 1910 and 1930. Search ‘Eileen Cox collection’. One shows the staircase.

    By Geoff Whiter (19/01/2017)
  • What year was Kembles turned into a pub/ restaurant? Does anyone have a picture of the original staircase? I have been told it may have been 17th century. Any comments?

    By Douglas Wilson (08/01/2017)
  • I worked on Runwell Hall when it was converted to the Thomas Kemble.

    I remember what a dirty dusty job it was. In the way of insulation, all the floor joist (10″ deep) and the ceiling joist (6″ deep) had been filled to the top with soil. This in turn had been inhabited with mice. It was all bone dry. The lathe and plaster ceilings had to come down, this was done by knocking them through from above.

    It was like working in a desert dust storm, and the dust hung around for weeks.

    By Bryan Burnikell (30/12/2016)
  • Mr Liberty was a Runwell Parish Councillor. Jack Mayo bought it after owning the Windmill at South Hanningfield, turning the Kembles into a pub and restaurant; I went to the opening.

    By bobcroot (26/11/2016)
  • Thomas Kemble sold part of his Manor to the then government in about 1935 for a mental hospital. During WWII wounded troops were also treated there. It is now being knocked down, apart from the new 97 bed security block. The site is being developed for housing.

     

    By bob croot (14/07/2012)

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