The building was left unfinished when Thomas Tresham died in 1605. His son Francis was involved in the failed Gunpowder plot, and died later in 1605. A younger brother Lewis inherited the estate with its debt worth over £1 500 000 in today's money. Lewis was not good with money and eventually the family estates and fortunes were lost.
looking up from the basement to the upper floors
|Servants entrance into the basement where kitchens etc were - This is lower than 5'6" now|
|servants' entrance - hidden from the view of guests by the raised banks|
The New Bield was the destination of a walk from the Old Bield, seen at the end of the orchard in the photgraph below.
The walk went through the orchard, via the mounds and moated orchard, and on to the spiral mound and the New Bield itself. The National Trust is restoring the gardens, using evidence including a wartime photo by the Luftwaffe.
|The orchard has been planted with old varieties of fruit - as described by Thomas Tresham|
|A lone duckling - it later followed its mother and siblings to the other part of the moat.|
|The reflection would be perfect if only the wind dropped|
|Food for fish and ducks? Tadpoles galore!|