Excerpt from The Ilam Anastatic Drawing Society, 1864
Gibrqms filinurt, ¿anks. Tyrer, 12'q Chequers Court, the residence of Lady Anne Frankland Russell, is picturesquely situated about half a mile from the parish church of Ellesborough, it is supposed to have been erected by ... the Hawtree family, former proprietors, about the year 1326, and repaired about 1566 modernized by Sir Robert G. Russell, and still more recently improved by its present possessor. Near the north-west angle of the building is preserved with great care the decaying trunk of an elm of enormous size, said to have been planted by King Stephen. There is a good collection of portraits and other pictures. Among the principal of these may be mentioned, portraits of Oliver Cromwell, whole length, in full ar mour, and his two sons, and four daughters, a length of Hampden, one of the Protector when a child, and a picture of King Charles II after the battle of Worcester meeting with Lord Worcester and Colonel Gunter.
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