By G. Philip Marris
The Cecil family came to Hatfield in 1607. Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury, built Hatfield House adjoining the site of the Old Palace of Hatfield. The house was completed in 1611. Robert Cecil was the son of Lord Burghley who had been the chief minister of Queen Elizabeth I.
Prior to 1607, the Cecil family had lived at Theobalds, near Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, but gave up that property to King James I in exchange for the Old Palace and the Manor of Hatfield.
In 2016, Hatfield House is the home of the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family.
Hatfield House and it’s park are open to visitors at certain times of the year. For further details, visit their web site:
www.hatfield-house.co.uk (link opens in a new tab)