The thirty-minute resource filmed against the backdrop of the state rooms at Burghley and on location at the Almshouses discusses the origins, character and rise to power of the greatest statesman of the Elizabethan period, William Cecil. It analyses his relationship with Queen Elizabeth 1 and how as her Chief Minister and High Treasurer he wielded political influence. Set within the Elizabethan social context it examines why he not only built great prodigy houses but why, in 1597, he bought and endowed the local Almshouse in Stamford leaving a lasting legacy for himself and his family. Concluding with a final exploration of the Almshouses themselves, their structure, purpose and role within the community.
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