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Albury Park

  • Earlier Houses: A 16th century house on the site was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1697 by John and George Evelyn for the Duke of Norfolk, incorporating parts of the old cellars.

    House & Family History: The original 16th century house was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1697 by John and George Evelyn for the Duke of Norfolk, incorporating parts of the old cellars, and altered again in 1700. In 1763 George III held his coronation ball in the Great Room, today the site of the Library. In 1800 Sir John Soane extended and redesigned the House, including the stairway, Library, and Drawing Room. In 1819 Albury was purchased by the banker Henry Drummond, who, between 1846 and 1852, commissioned A.W.N. Pugin (possibly with the assistance of his son) to remodel and redesign the House in the Victorian Tudor-Gothic style, including 63 individually-designed chimneys. In 1890, after the death of Drummond's daughter, the Estate passed to the family of the Duke of Northumberland, into which she had married. The House was later leased to the Mutual Households Association; after they vacated it was unoccupied (1960s), and sold in 1969 to the forerunner of the Country Houses Association, a retirement community which financially collapsed circa 2002. In May 2004 Albury was purchased by Nigel and Jennifer Whalley and underwent extensive refurbishment, resulting in 37 serviced apartments, let on a lifetime arrangement. The House is also available for conferences and weddings.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: John Evelyn, creator of the park for the Duke of Norfolk in the late 17th century, built a Nymphaeum with a half-moon pond, a Roman-style bath house, canals, cascades, and bridges. There is also a pair of parallel terraces, each retained by red brick walls and lavender hedges.

  • Architect: John Evelyn

    Date: 1655-77
    Designed: Grounds

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    Architect: John Evelyn

    Date: 1697
    Designed: Together with brother George rebuilt House

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    Architect: John Soane

    Date: 1800
    Designed: Extended and redesigned House for Samuel Thornton, including cantilevered Stairway, Library, and Drawing Room.

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    Architect: George Hakewill

    Date: Early 19th century
    Designed: Partly Gothicized House

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    Architect: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

    Date: 1846-52
    Designed: Remodeled House, possibly with the assistance of his son.

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    Architect: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin

    Date: 1846
    Designed: Cottages orné

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. II, p. 85, 1853.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. III, 1826.

    Country Life: CVIII, 598, 674, 1950.

  • Title: Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom, 1914
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1914
    Reference: pg. 900
    Publisher: London: Spottiswoode & Co.
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 9
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1854108204
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Country Life (magazine)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Jul 4, 2002, pg. 92
    Publisher: London: TI Media
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Four Weddings and a Funeral" (1994 - for the third wedding, of Carrie and Hamish, in Perthshire). "Britain's Next Top Model" (2005 - TV series). "Fear, Stress and Anger" (2007 - TV comedy series). "The Destiny of Britain" (2007 - TV historical drama). "Country House Rescue" (2008 - TV documentary, episode 1.4). "Midsomer Murders" (2011 - TV series, as Great Worthy School in the episode "Echoes of the Dead").
  • Seat of: Nigel and Jennifer Whalley; here since 2004.

    Past Seat of: Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk, mid-17th century. Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Aylesford, late 17th century. Samuel Thornton, early 19th century. Drummond family, 1819-90. Algernon George Percy, 6th Duke of Northumberland, 19th century; Percy family here from 1890 until 1970.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Mixed Use

    Ownership Details: A retirement community formerly owned by the Country Houses Association from 1970 and sold by them in 2004 after their financial collapse to the Whalley family, who carried on the operation, and from 2008 are slowly converting the 32 retirement apartments into 20 larger family apartments, while also letting the House as an entertainment venue.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01483-202-964

    Historic Houses Member: No