Another view across the east lawn.
Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire 1919 states :-
Gunby Hall, the property and seat of Major Stephen Langton Massingberd J.P. lord of the manor and sole landowner, is a fine mansion in red brick built 1700:
the Hall stands in a well-wooded park, and commands extensive views of the sea and of the surrounding country.
This family is one of high antiquity in Lincolnshire, and at an early period held lands at Sutterton, of which Lambert Massingberd, who lived in the reigns of Edward I. and II. was one of the first possessors.
Thomas Massingberd in the 14th century married Juliana, daughter and co-heir of Sir Hugh Bernake, of Burgh; and Robert, his son, wedded Agnes, daughter and sole heir of Robert Halliday, of Burgh ...
Christopher Massingberd was chancellor of Lincoln, 1532, and archdeacon of Stow, 1543:
Sir Thomas Massingberd, whose monument is in the church, resided chiefly at Bratoft, the principal seat of the family till the close of the 17th Century:
a later Thomas represented Calais in the Parliament of 1552 and was buried here in 1584:
during the Civil war, Henry Massingberd, of Christ's College, Cambridge, and the Inner Temple, raised a troop of horse for the service of the Parliament, and was created by the Protector a baronet by patent, dated July 16, 1658; the title, however, does not seem to have been used, and soon after the Restoration, having, it is said, "maintained an inviolable allegiance to his lawful sovereign," he was created a baronet anew by Charles II. 22 Aug. 1660;
the title became extinct on the death of Sir William Massingberd, 3rd bart. M.P. Sept. 8, 1723.
Elizabeth Mary Anne, daughter of Henry Massingberd esq. who inherited the estates in 1870, became the eventual heiress of the family, and married Peregrine Langton esq. who thereupon assumed the name of Massingberd, and was the ancestor of the late lord of the manor"
DB 24 March 2014