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Woolverstone Hall and St Michael`s Church

I had often thought to visit Woolverstone Hall which is now an Ipswich Girls school, so when I did, I was able to enjoy a pleasant wander around the outer grounds of the magnificent Hall and onto the church of St Michael and all Angels, which was at one time the estate church. In fact, a very pleasant walk this sunny morning. This trip was actually in April this year, but I have only just realized that I had not recorded it! Built in 1776, Woolverstone Hall is a Grade I listed building set in 80 acres of parkland on the banks of the river Orwell. It is widely thought of as one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in England. William Berners (10 July 1709 - 13 September 1783) was an English property developer and slave owner in the 18th century. He is particularly associated with the development of the Fitzrovia area north of Oxford Street in central London; Berners Street was named after him. Berners purchased the estate in 1773 and engaged architect John Johnson to build h