DiCamillo Companion

Allington Castle

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier, moated castle, probably of the 11th century, near the site of the current house. Elements of this earlier house were probably incorporated into the fabric of the present 13th century house.

    Built / Designed For: Stephen de Penchester

    House & Family History: King Henry VII visited Allington during the time it was Sir Henry Wyatt's seat. Henry VIII visited in 1527, 1530, and 1536. It's been suggested that Sir Martin Conway's restoration of Allington Castle (converting it from a derelict medieval castle into a modern country house using his wealthy wife's money) was the model for Dreever Castle in P.G. Wodehouse's 1910 "A Gentleman of Leisure."

  • Architect: William Douglas Caroe

    Date: 1905-29
    Designed: Restored House for Lord Conway

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  • Country Life: XLIII, 386, 404, 424, 1918. LXIII, 438, 1928.

  • Title: No Voice From the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper
    Author: Harris, John
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719555671
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1956-57 - episode 2.11, "The Black Patch"; and episode 2.16, "The Dream"). "The Avengers" (1965 - episode 4.5, "Castle De'ath"). "ABC Stage 67" (1966 - episode 1.6, "The Canterville Ghost," interiors). "Covington Cross" (1992 - TV series, exteriors). "The Twisted Tale of Bloody Mary" (2008 - exteriors).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Sir Robert Worcester

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, Lord of Lewes, and Seigneur de Varennes, 11th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Stephen de Penchester, 13th century. Sir Henry de Cobham, 14th century. Sir Henry Wyatt, 15th century. Martin Conway, 1st Baron Conway of Allington, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01622-606-404

    Fax: 01622-606-402

    Email: sec@allingtoncastle.org

    Historic Houses Member: No