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Arley Hall

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house, begun in 1469 by Piers Warburton, was replaced in the 19th century by the current house. It was at this earlier house that Elizabeth Raffald was the housekeeper and confectioner in the 18th century. In 1769 Mrs. Raffald published "The Experienced English Housekeeper," a popular early English cookbook that contained many innovative recipes that have since become standard British fare, including Eccles cakes and macaroni and cheese; however, the creation she is most remembered for today is the modern wedding cake. Made of fruitcake with marzipan and royal icing, Mrs. Raffald's wedding cake replaced the traditional English bride's pies: large mince pies made with brandy, dried fruit, and Champagne. Mrs. Raffald's story was fully told for modern audience in Neil Buttery's 2023 book, "Before Mrs. Beeton: Elizabeth Raffald, England's Most Influential Housekeeper."

    Built / Designed For: Rowland Egerton Warburton

    House & Family History: With richly colored stained glass windows flooding the large wooden bookcase, Arley's library is a noted example of the Victorian Gothic style. Napoleon III lived in the house briefly after his abdication; his bedroom, complete with watercolors by Piers Egerton-Warburton decorating the walls, is still perfectly preserved. (We are grateful to BritainExpress.com for this history of Arley Hall.)

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The gardens at Arley Hall were the site of one of the first herbaceous borders planted in England (by Rowland Egerton-Warburton). The current gardens extend to 12 acres ringed by hedges and brick walls. The Tea House Garden boasts a fine collection of shrub roses, while the two walled gardens provide space for open lawns, herbaceous borders, fruit trees, and kitchen produce. An avenue of pleached limes leads to the house, while nearby ilex trees are clipped into tall cylinder shapes. Woodland walks and a rock garden add further interest to this award-winning horticultural experience. Each year in late June the two-day Arley Garden Festival attracts keen gardeners from across Britain to view displays by plant nurseries, attend question and answer sessions with top garden designers, and buy plants and garden accessories. Arley also hosts regular gardening workshops and study days from February to November. The garden has over 200 different varieties of rhododendrons and received the HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award in 1987. Piers Warburton was probably responsible for building the 15th century style cruck-framed barn and outbuildings. The barn now houses a restaurant for visitors. (We are grateful to BritainExpress.com for this history of the Arley Hall Gardens).

    Chapel & Church: Anthony Salvin designed the Gothic style chapel, which is attached to the house.

  • Architect: George Edmund Street

    Date: 1856-57
    Designed: North aisle and entrance porch of chapel

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    Architect: George Latham

    Date: 1832-40
    Designed: House for Rowland Egerton Warburton

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    Architect: Anthony Salvin

    Date: 1841-45
    Designed: Chapel for Rowland Egerton Warburton

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  • Title: Country Life (magazine)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: May 24, 2023, pgs. 107-108
    Publisher: London: Future plc
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Johansens Historic Houses, Castles & Gardens, 2000
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1999
    Publisher: London: Johansens Ltd.
    ISBN: 1860177166
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II*

  • "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" (1985 - TV series, in the episode "The Greek Interpreter"). "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (1988 - TV series, as High Gable, the home of the Henderson family, in the episode "Wisteria Lodge"). "The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes" (1991 - TV series, as Boscombe Hall, the Turner family's country house, in the episode "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"). "The Forsythe Saga" (2002 - TV mini series, as Soames's house). "Watching the Detectives" (2005 - 10 half-hour TV quiz shows, which were filmed in the library). "Peaky Blinders" (2013 - BBC TV series, as interiors and exteriors of Arrow House). "The Evermoor Chronicles" (2014 - TV series, as Evermoor Manor). "Brassic" (2019 - TV series, as Vinnie's house).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Michael Llowarch Warburton Flower, 11th Viscount Ashbrook; Warburton family here since the 15th century.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Piers Warburton, 15th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Rowland Egerton Warburton, 19th century; Piers Egerton-Warburton, early 20th century. Desmond Llowarch Edward Flower, 10th Viscount Ashbrook, until 1995.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01565-777-353

    Fax: 01565-777-465

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.arleyhallandgardens.com/

    Awards: Christie's/HHA Garden of the Year Award 1987.

    Historic Houses Member: Yes