The Biography of Fettigrew Hall
Fettigrew Hall is a fictional estate. Its appearance is based on three English houses/castles that I love. Scotney Castle has the romance, Stokesay Castle has the mystery and Little Moreton Hall has the design.
The real story begins with the building of the original castle by Gilbert DeBois for his family in the late 12th Century. Although he was building a defensive structure, he still wanted comfort for his family. He built a solar with a jettied window for his invalid wife, so that she could sit in the sunlight and do her needlework. You can see this on Stokesay Castle.
During the Tudor period or the 16th Century a new house is built on the castle grounds which comes to be called Fettigrew Hall. The book entitled Fettigrew Hall is the contemporary story of what remains in the estate and what is found there. Within this book is a document written by a former resident who did research on the house. Her document tells the background of many people who lived there and things that occurred while they lived there.
My future books will address those mysteries - stay tuned.
In this picture provided by English Heritage, Stokesay Castle is a remarkable survival; a fortified manor house which has hardly altered since the late 13th century. You can see a gatehouse to the left, which has the type of wood design on it which I have described in the book. To the right is a jettied window.
Scotney Castle is a hidden gem, set in one of the most romantic gardens in England.
The fairytale 14th-century moated ruined castle is surrounded by stunning gardens.
Britain’s most famous timber-framed, moated Tudor manor house, Little Moreton Hall