INGATESTONE HALL, ESSEX
'The Scene of "Lady Audley's Secret"'
A sketch by Herbert Jennings, based on the original picture by Edward Duncan.
Mary Braddon visited Ingatestone Hall while she was writing Lady Audley's Secret, and it partly inspired the setting for Audley Court and its lime tree walk
Braddon said, 'Many years afterwards, when the house had passed into other hands, my valued friend Mr. Edward Duncan, the well-known water-colour painter sat for some hours on a rainy evening under the arched gate, in order to gratify me with a sketch of Audley Court.' Edward Duncan (1803-1882) was a well known marine artist, and his picture shows Ingatestone by moonlight.
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