Our History


‘A palace in the midst of paradise’ - John Wesley 1779


Raithby Hall was built in 1760 with some parts of the house dating back to 1604. This beautiful country home was extended by the renowned architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott, in 1848 and 1873, and its imposing and well-proportioned frame has remained at the centre of Lincolnshire life ever since.

As the seat of the Brackenbury and Rawnsley faimilies, many of Lincolnshire’s finest and most famous sons have slept under its distinguished roof and wandered its extensive grounds.

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, was a friend of the owner and spent many a night at the Hall. In 1779 Robert Brackenbury built the preacher a chapel in our grounds. This Grade 1 listed chapel is the oldest Methodist chapel in Lincolnshire, and one of the oldest in England still in use today.

‘Preaching here in this chapel is something very special’ John Wesley 1779

Alfred, Lord Tennyson was born nearby, in the small village of Somersby. He became a warden of the Brackenbury family and is sure to have visited frequently. Perhaps being inspired by its unique beauty and serenity, at least one of his poems was written in our very grounds.