A good introduction to the history of Suckley can be found in the Victoria County History.
The King's Manor of Suckley in Worcestershire written by Phyllis Williams in 1979 provides a comprehensive guide to Norman and Medieval Suckley.
More recently, Marnie Caine has worked on Suckley's history. You can read about some of her research into the 1840 tythe map here. Suckley's local history group is now active in gathering further information - watch for details of events.
Information about the history of the White House in Suckley appears in Julia Ionides' recent book Thomas Farnolls Pritchard of Shrewsbury - Architect and 'Inventor of Cast Iron Bridges' :
'The White House at Suckley, close to Gaines, had come into the possession of Thomas Freeman in 1742 and his family lived there for a further six generations. When Freeman's father died in 1764 he started to spend money on the building. Thomas's older sister, Betty, was married to Bartholomew Barnaby of Brockhampton so Pritchard, who worked at both Gaines and Brockhampton, would have been the obvious choice as architect for the work.
'The White House is a tall, three-storey house dating from the time of Queen Anne. The first thing that catches the eye is a particularly fine hood over the front door with a plasterwork Rococo cartouche and sprays of flowers; another, less ornate one, is over the garden entrance at the back of the house.
'The house contains several stylistic indications of Pritchard's involvement: the plasterwork over the fireplace in the dining room is so similar to plasterwork at Gaines that it would appear to be by Joseph Bromfield. The rather shallow arches beside the staircase are echoed at the Broad Gate House, Ludlow. There the modernisation seemed to have stopped and many interesting features from an earlier era were fortunately allowed to remain.'
The above is an extract from 'Thomas Farnolls Pritchard of Shrewsbury - Architect and "Inventor of Cast Iron Bridges"' by Julia Ionides, 1999, Dog Rose Press, Ludlow, England, reproduced here with the permission of the author and the publishers. For further information about this book, please contact The Dog Rose Press
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