When it came to choosing a new name for the Young / Brumby property, co-owner Trish Liechty knew exactly what she wanted to do. Trish is a direct descendant of Margaret Pole (1473-1541), born Margaret Plantagenet. Margaret is Trish’s 14th great grandmother. Margaret was a niece of both Edward VII and Richard III, and after the War of the Roses was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty. During the reigns of Tudor kings Henry VII and Henry VIII, to avoid trouble with remaining Plantagenets promoting their own claims to the throne, the survivors were dealt with by arranged marriages or imprisonment (which usually led to execution). At age 18, Margaret was given in marriage by Henry VII to Sir Richard Pole, his cousin. After bearing 5 children in this union, Margaret was widowed. For many years she stayed in favor with the Tudors, serving as lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon when she was married to Prince Arthur (Henry VIII’s older brother) and then again when Catherine became queen to Henry, who was next in line for the throne when Arthur died. Henry restored her family’s lands to Margaret, who became Countess of Salisbury and was one of only two women in sixteenth century England to be a countess in her own right with no titled husband.
As the years passed, Margaret became governess to Princess Mary, only child of Henry and Catherine, and became very devoted to her. In the meantime, Margaret’s son Reginald rose through the ranks of the Catholic church, eventually becoming Archbishop of Canterbury (the last Roman Catholic in this position). When Henry formally broke with Catholicism because he wanted to divorce Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn, Margaret found herself on the “wrong” side of the controversy because of Reginald’s power and because of her loyalty to Catherine and Mary. Though Henry had once called Margaret the “most saintly woman in England,” he had her imprisoned for more than two years in the Tower of London, and she was abruptly taken to the executioner’s block when she was 67 years old. Her remains are interred in the Tower. She officially became a Christian martyr when she was beatified by the Pope in 1886. Before Margaret fell from favor, she frequently dwelt at Bisham Manor, which served as a church priory more often than a residence. Its original great hall dated from approxi- mately 1260 AD. It was the home of several Earls of Salisbury, and even Princess Elizabeth (later Elizabeth I) lived there during her sister Mary I’s reign. The Liechtys wanted to recognize Trish’s heritage in naming their grand new Tudor-styled house after Margaret Pole’s Tudor home. Bisham Manor in LaGrange truly blends a noble English legacy with modern Southern hospitality and charm.
The Old Young's Mill Road property on which this grand Tudor mansion sits has a charming history. According to Troup County Historian Clark Johnson, a saw mill and blacksmith shop were present on the land since at least 1834. The Young family acquired the businesses in 1868 and added a grist mill, which was operated by generations of Youngs until 1959. From the early 1880s to almost 1940, the property was also used recreationally by church and school groups, businesses, families in reunion, and later Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. R.M. Young, Jr., added a pool, pavilion and barbecue, dancing, dining, and camping facilities. Eventually, however, the premises were taken by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1974 in anticipation of West Point Dam backwaters affecting the site.
In 1929 and 1930 two homes were constructed on the property. J.L. Young built a two story log home, "Pineland," which he bequeathed to Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes, along with 2500 acres, upon his death in 1986. His mother's home, where Bisham Manor sits now, was built in the English Tudor style by Newman Construction Company. From 1997 through 2002, then owner Peck Brumby lovingly supervised the construction of the current house and then occupied it for more than a decade. Brumby's goal was to capture the essence of the Young family home and expand on it. He paid attention to the original floor plan and salvaged some of the materials from that house. Master builder Ben Parham oversaw the project, which almost doubled the size of the 6,000 square foot Young home. Today, the new owners, Neal and Trish Liechty and Keith and Jessie Crozier, want Bisham Manor to carry on the legacy of the Youngs by making the beautiful house and formal gardens in LaGrange available for community use.