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Penny Rainbow is a local to the Elmbridge area and was born in nearby Walton-on-Thames. She left school at 16 to commence a city career at the Bank of England. One year later, Penny was seconded to the Panel on Take-overs and Mergers, at the Stock Exchange, before moving to Goldman Sachs and finally to Sanwa International. Since leaving the City, Penny has run her own property business. She has resided in Japan, Hong Kong and the South of France where, in 2001, she started to develop the research notes that she had gathered since 1993. Her enthusiasm for history led her to study 17th and 18th Century Decorative Arts at Sotheby’s in 1992, which coincided with the purchase of Wayneflete Tower. The Tower required a major restoration works programme, which was immediately set in place and will no doubt continue throughout Penny’s lifetime. She acknowledges her position as the current custodian to be both a privilege and an honour: “I am proud to own a medieval building of such national importance and not a day goes by that I do not pinch myself in disbelief that the Tower is my home. The Tower stands as one of the finest architectural achievements in England and I hope that my book will assist in establishing the recognition and credit for its builder, William Wayneflete, which he fully deserves.”

Penny considers herself to be hugely privileged to own a property whose existence has spanned more than five hundred years of English history. She asserts: “Miraculously, Wayneflete Tower has survived the colourful episodes of past centuries and stands today in triumph as an ancient monument with a history. Undoubtedly, it will continue to outlive its residents and, whilst none of the past historical events will be repeated, nor hopefully will they now slip from memory into oblivion.”