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Abbeystead House (Abbeystead)

Abbeystead, near Lancaster, Lancashire, England

Circa Date: 1886 w/late 19th century additions

Status: Fully Extant

House Open to Public: No

Country House: Yes

  • Architects
    Architect: Douglas & Fordham
    Date: 1886
    Designed: House for 4th Earl of Sefton
  • Seat of

    Current Seat Of: Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster; Grosvenor family here since 1980.

    Past Seat Of: William Philip Molyneux, 4th Earl of Sefton, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House, Family & Collection History

    Built / Designed For: William Philip Molyneux, 4th Earl of Sefton.

    House & Family History: The Elizabethan style Abbeystead was built in the late 19th century as a hunting lodge and was later converted into a country house. It was at Abbeystead that Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, died on August 9, 2016.

  • Listed Information

    House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Garden, Outbuildings & Chapel

    Garden, Park, Follies and Outbuildings: The Abbeystead Estate is 20,000 acres and holds the record for the biggest grouse bag in one day: on August 12, 1915, when 2,929 birds were shot by eight guns.

  • Access

    House Open to Public: No

    Historic House Member: No