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Introduction to Hatfield House by Mark Hayball

Lord of the Manor of Milton in the County of Hampshire



























Hatfield House is a country house set in the Great Park on the eastern side of the town of Hatfield, Hertfordshire.


The present Jacobean house was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I and has been the home of the Cecil family ever since. It is currently the home of Sir Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury, KG, KCVO, PC, DL.


The House and Gardens are truly marvellous whatever the time of year. I enjoy visiting Hatfield from the joys of springtime right through to the magic of Christmas.


I have loved visiting Hatfield House since I was a small child and still take delight in its magic. During my Parliamentary days working within Government I had the privilege of being a Government colleague of Sir Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury. More recently, as a former Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Journalists Culture Media and Sports Writers' Group, it gave me great pleasure to write about the House and Estate.


I hope you visit soon. Please do view the below links which will give you full information.


Hatfield House History


Hatfield House Hospitality




Best Wishes




The information contained within the links on this page are the Copyright of Gascoyne Cecil and the Marquess of Salisbury's Estates. No information or images should be copied without permission. Mark Hayball is authorised to use such links within this website.

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