The House from a 1923 postcard
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."
Country Life: XLIII, 386, 404, 424, 1918. LXIII, 438, 1928.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
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
Historic Houses Member: No