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Withyham, East Sussex
Penns was enlarged in 1737-40 to how it is seen today by the Penn's grandson, William Penn IV (1703-1746). After this William died, the estate was settled on his wife and then sold in 1762 by his only son, Springett Penn, of Shanagarry, to Abraham Osborn (d.1785).
On Osborn's death in 1785, he left the property to one John Bishop (d.1828), who appears to have been a relation. At about this time, it seems to have been leased to one Thomas Adams who in an affidavit dated 1856 stated, "I have nearly all my life resided on the Penn's Rocks Estate, formerly belonging to Abraham Osborne". In 1852, it had been sold to the ap Rhys Pryce family, who presumably took possession after Adams' death.
In 1925, the Pryce family sold Penn's to the poetess, Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956) Duchess of Wellington. Better known as Lady Gerald Wellesley, she was a poet and authoress, greatly admired by W.B. Yeats who spent much time with her at Penn's. She made a number of improvements to the garden, laying it out much as it is seen today. After she died, Penn's was acquired by Patrick Gibson (1916-2004) and his wife, Dione Pearson (b.1920).
The Gibsons, with guidance from the celebrated Anglo-American landscape architect, Lanning Roper (1912-1983), carried out extensive renovations to the house, gardens, woodland and parkland between 1957 and 1959. In 1975, Gibson was created a Life Peer and chose the title "Baron Gibson of Penn's Rocks". He was Chairman of the National Trust from 1977 to 1986. The property remains a private house and is to be respected as such.
Charlotte's relation, Patrick Gibson, Baron Gibson, owned Penns-in-the-Rocks
Will Gibson's relation, Patrick Gibson, Baron Gibson, owned Penns-in-the-Rocks
Harriet Johns's relation, Patrick Gibson, Baron Gibson, owned Penns-in-the-Rocks
https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1000233; The Railroad Trainman (1931) by the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainman; County Life (1961), Volume 129; The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography Vol. 21, No. 2 (1897)