Boughton House, Weekley, Northamptonshire
A substantial house stood on this site in the 15th century. However nothing dating from before 1500 remains. By the early 16th century the house had a large open hall, two cross wings, a service court and a detached lodging wing. Various alterations were made between 1528 and the early 17th century. However much of the present house dates from the period immediately after 1685. A young black man called Charles worked here, identified in the family cash books as `ye Black of her Grace', and 'the boy Charles', he was paid wages as a servant, educated and clothed. He is portrayed in the painting of Lady Mary Churchill, Duchess of Montag.