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The Berners Family of Woolverstone - update



Just in time for Christmas! A unique and special gift. (P.S. Not the dog!)


The Berners Family of Woolverstone


William Berners bought Woolverstone Hall and 350 acres in August 1773 for £11,440.

When Geoffrey Berners sold the Woolverstone Hall estate in 1937, it covered 10 square miles of beautiful, unspoilt countryside. In all 6,042 acres, in seven parishes, on the Shotley Peninsula in Suffolk.

The Berners’ story starts in the age of Elizabeth 1 and stretches to just before WW2. Their story is one of judicious investment, fortuitous inheritance and profitable marriage. With their wealth they built farms, houses, village halls, extended churches, altered roads and shaped the Shotley Peninsula.

This book contains the information presented in the 250th anniversary exhibition at Berners Hall, Woolverstone in July 2023. And more.

A comprehensive volume will, hopefully, be ready next autumn.

Find out about their real story: “The Berners Family of Woolverstone”. You’ll be surprised!


An exhaustive account of the Berners family during their ownership of Woolverstone Hall and before. Contains a vast amount of research about the village and family. Highly recommended."

"altogther a nice little volume"

"an excellent exhibition - full of detail"


Simon Pearce is a retired teacher living in the village of Woolverstone, Suffolk. He has a long-held interest in the history of the village, the Berners family and Woolverstone Park.

He has also written an account the remarkable life of Mary Alice Berners, eldest daughter of Charles Berners Esq. "The Astonishing Story of Mary Alice Berners".


Books can be purchased directly from him.

"The Berners Family of Woolverstone " - £10 plus £2.70 postage.

142 pp with 12 colour pages

"The Astonishing Story of Mary Alice Berners" - £14.95 plus £3.49 postage


Both books - £22.00 plus £3.49 postage


To order, please get in touch. Email: or Phone: 07825708171. I will send you the details you need.


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