Photos: Here's The Manor Where Julian Assange Will Be Staying

By Alexis C. Madrigal

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So, this is where Julian Assange will be vacationing from prison. It's Ellingham Hall in Suffolk, England, an estate owned by the independently wealthy journalist Vaughan Smith (and his parents, according to the UK title).

In 1879, it was described as "a handsome modern erection" that had "clayey loam" soil on which you could grow mean wheat, barley, and turnip crops.

Is there any way that this could get more surreal? Perhaps the next court hearing will be conducted exclusively in iambic pentameter and all members of the proceeding will have to wear tights and codpieces.

Here's what the place looks like up close, at least according to a photo its owner (presumably Smith) posted to Google.

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It appears that you can have your wedding there, too, so there are some excellent flickr shots by Alan Trotter of a wedding there this summer.  Aha, it was too good to be true. As commenter AJT49 points out, there are actually two Ellingham Halls -- and you cannot get married at the one in Suffolk, owned by Smith.

And just for context, here's a Google Earth image of the grounds surrounding the manor house.

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