DiCamillo Companion
England

Aldenham House (Wigbournes)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house called Wingbournes on the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: Aldenham is a seven-bay by two-story red brick house of Flemish bond with a hipped roof and dormers with alternating triangular and segmental pediments. The core of the House is late 17th century, with 18th century additions and further and much greater extensions and alterations of post 1868, probably made to the designs of Arthur Blomfield for Henry Hucks Gibbs, later 1st Lord Aldenham. The Hall has exceptionally fine 17th century paneling that very likely was removed from an earlier building and re-installed at Aldenham. The House is today part of Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Stable Courtyard of 1785 is extant, and the grounds are quite fine. In the early 20th century the gardens at Aldenham were famous for the botanical collections of Vicary Gibbs; parts of his water gardens and a number of fine trees from his time survive. William Butterfield's Home Farm of 1879-81 is today the Haberdashers' Aske's Girls' School, while Butterfield's two polychrome brick cottages of 1878-79 still stand by the road.

  • Architect: Arthur William Blomfield

    Date: Post 1868
    Designed: Probably altered and extended House for Henry Hucks Gibbs, 1st Lord Aldenham.
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: William Butterfield

    Date: 1878-81
    Designed: Home Farm (1879-81) and two cottages (1878-79)

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  • Title: Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget
    Year Published: 2000
    Reference: pgs. 69-70
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710078
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Kill or Cure" (1962).
  • Past Seat of: Coghill family, 17th century. Henry Hucks Gibbs, 1st Lord Aldenham, 19th century. Vicary Gibbs, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Today The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 02082-661-700

    Fax: 02082-661-800

    Email: office@habsboys.org.uk

    Website: http://www.habsboys.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No