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New Article by Susie West

Susie West's article 'Finding Wroth's Loughton Hall' has just been published in the Sidney Journal. Lady Mary Sidney Wroth, daughter of Penshurst Place, Kent, made her marital home at Loughton Hall, Essex, and remained there as a widow until her own death in 1651. The house was burnt down in 1836. The home environment she created was both shaped by and informed her evocation of place and space in her work. Wroth had a role in remodelling the old house, and there is a tantalizing but unproven association with Inigo Jones, known to Wroth from the Court. An innovative use of sources more familiar to social historians, in the form of Hearth Tax records, provides new insights into the scale and relative status of Loughton Hall.