Rothamsted - from Manor to Agricultural Research

Please click on the small picture to see it full size, or to view the whole sequence.  Click on each picture to find links to pages about the people and the house.

Rothamsted Manor, home of the founder of Rothamsted Experiments (currently known as Rothamsted Research) Sir John Bennet Lawes, is more fully described in articles in the Rothamsted section of The Development of Harpenden, together with information about earlier members of the family. 

The sequence here shows the family home (where John Lawes began his scientific interest by experimenting in his bedroom), and the interior in the time of his son Sir Charles Bennet Lawes.  Then follow pictures of the Testimonial Laboratory of 1855, which was funded by a nation-wide collection in recognition of the contribution by Lawes and his partner Joseph Henry Gilbert to agricultural progress.  Finally there are a couple of examples of Sir John Bennet Lawes’ considerable contribution to the well-being of Harpenden.  He built the British School (now Park Hall) beside the gates of the manor drive.

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