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Impington Park Estate

Exhibition Piece: This booklet from 1921 was produced to promote the sale of Impington Park Estate at auction. It details a short history of the building and estate, before splitting it into different lots for purchase.

Impington Hall was originally built in 1579 by John Pepys.  It was built on the site of an old half-manor of Ferme Part.  Unfortunately, John did not see the completion of Impington Hall, however he did leave exact instruction as to how he wanted the building to be constructed.  This responsibility was passed to his sixth son, Talbot Pepys, who was the uncle of the famous diarist Samuel Pepys.

Talbot was educated at Cambridge University and was a highly regarded gentleman in society.  Although Samuel was not in direct succession for the ownership of Impington Hall, he did make a few visits to see his uncle, as recorded in his diary entries during the years of 1661-2:

July 15th, 1661

"At noon took horse again, having taken leave of my cousin Angier and rode to Impington, where I found my old uncle sitting all alone, like a man out of the world: he can hardly see; but all things else he pretty lively."

August 3rd, 1661

"At night I took horse and rode with Roger Pepys and his two brothers to Impington, and with great respect was lead by them to the best chamber in the house, and there slept."

The grandeur and architectural design of Impington Hall was noted by many individuals during the years of the Pepys occupancy, including the Rev. William Cole:

“The House pleased me much and is the best of the sort I ever saw.  A noble entrance hall is in the centre with 2 Corinthian pillars on one side.  There is a common dining Parlour and Kitchen, and on the other side an elegant Dining Room and Drawing Room, and by the hall a most beautiful Salon and Staircase with an open space to the top of the house with a gallery to which all the bedchambers have entrance, the whole elegantly fitted up and furnished, overloaded with carving and stucco.”

After the line of Pepys ended in 1805, the hall passed to the Pine-Coffin family, who, in 1860 sold the property, whereby it was handed between a number of different private owners through auction lots.  By 1926, the hall and surrounding land was bought by the Chivers.  It is believed that the hall was then used for a variety of classes, including chemistry, cookery, needlework and maths.  During WW2, the building became largely derelict, and eventually it was demolished in 1953.

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