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Bradwell Lodge (Bradwell-juxta-Mare)

Bradwell Lodge is a big house in the Essex village of Bradwell-juxta-Mare on the Dengie peninsula.

It was originally the Hall, and was built in the 16th century.

In the 18th century, it became the Rectory for the nearby St. Thomas Church, and in 1781-86, the Leicester-born architect John Johnson added a new side in a contemporary style, with a Belvedere on the roof..

The Rector at this time was Rev. Henry Bate Dudley, a friend of Gainsborough.

Erskine Childers was staying at Bradwell Lodge when he wrote the novel "The Riddle of the Sands".

A later resident was the Member of Parliament Tom Driberg.

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