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This Grade II listed building and related outbuildings date from 1833, according to Historic England. Built of red brick with a black pantiled roof, the house has a rather fine painted stone porch with a pair of Tuscan columns. There is no hint that it might have been built on the site of an earlier hall, but it is likely to have long been a separate farm.
This information suggests it was built by and for the Berney family as their own permanent home in Bracon Ash, where they rented Mergate Hall for many years. All the 19th Century directories describe Bracon Hall as 'a modern dwelling' and in the 1851 census it is listed as 'New Hall'. If this is the case, then Elizabeth Berney would have had a large say in its design and building.
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The garden in Edwarian times, as photographed by Tom Nokes.
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