Earlier Houses: The current house contains, at its core, an earlier Palladian house.
House & Family History: Pevsner describes Allerton Park as a "large Gothic and Tudor mansion, mostly of 1848-51." The older parts probably belong to a house altered in 1788 by Frederick, Duke of York (son of George III), who employed Henry Holland to improve the Palladian house he purchased in 1786 from the 4th Viscount Galway. According to local legend, the Hill on which the Temple of Victory stands, once known as Arbour Hill, is the one mentioned in the nursery rhyme "The Grand Old Duke of York": "The Grand Old Duke of York, He had ten thousand men. He marched them up To the top of the hill, Then he marched them down again. When they were up, they were up. When they were down, they were down. When they were only half-way up, They were neither up, nor down." The House was altered circa 1805-10 by Lord Stourton. The Great Hall remains one of the highest baronial halls in England, at 80 feet in height. In January 2005 a fire destroyed about 30% of the House; the most notable loss was the Dining Room, redolent with stained glass windows, which contained some of the finest wood carving in England. The Great Hall survived and Gerarld Rolph, the American who purchased the House in 1983, said the House will be rebuilt.
Comments: Allerton is considered among the most important Gothic Revival houses in England.
Garden & Outbuildings: The Temple of Victory (late 18th century), and the hill upon which it is located, are thought to be referenced in the nursery rhyme "The Grand Old Duke of York." The late 18th century Stables are extant.
Chapel & Church: The circa 1810-50 Chapel is extant.
Title: Architect King: George III and the Culture of the Enlightenment, The
Author: Watkin, David
Year Published: 2004
Reference: pgs. 197-198
Publisher: London: Royal Collection Publications
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Buildings of England: Yorkshire: The West Riding, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Radcliffe, Enid (Reviser)
Year Published: 1967
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Movie Locations: A Guide to Britain & Ireland
Author: Adams, Mark
Year Published: 2000
Publisher: London: Boxtree
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Seat of: Gerarld Rolph, since 1983.
Past Seat of: Henry William Monckton-Arundell, 3rd Viscount Galway, 18th century. Frederick, Duke of York, 1786-1790s. Alfred Joseph Stourton, 21st/23rd Baron Mowbray, 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit
Primary Current Ownership Use: Other
Ownership Details: Owned by The Gerald Arthur Rolph Foundation for Historic Preservation & Education and used as a private residence and as a conference and wedding venue.