Artist Unknown

Sopwell House Near St. Albans, 1783

This print depicts New Barnes House, at Sopwell, near St Albans, Hertfordshire England. It is now the site of the Sopwell House Hotel, a luxury hotel noted for accommodating football teams immediately before big matches at Wembley Stadium.

It is not to be confused with nearby Sopwell Nunnery, sometimes known as Sopwell Priory, whose grounds were sold to Sir Richard Lee (1513–1575) at the time of the Dissolution. He reshaped and expanded the nunnery into a large Tudor house which fell into disrepair and which now exists as a picturesque ruin near the centre of St Albans.