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Ashdown House

  • Built / Designed For: Trayton Fuller

    House & Family History: Ashdown is one of only two extant English works (the other is Hammerwood, Sussex) of Benjamin Latrobe, later architect of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Latrobe designed Ashdown just before he emigrated to America (1795). The house is ashlar-faced, three-bays wide, with a middle Ionic portico of four columns. Between 1886 and 2020 the house was a school. Having survived through allegations of physical and sexual abuse in the late 20th century, Ashdown House Prep School closed in June of 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Princess Margaret's son, Viscount Linley, and Boris Johnson were both pupils at the school. Ashdown House was sold in the summer of 2021 to a developer for £5 million.

    Comments: Pevsner, writing in "The Buildings of England: Sussex," calls Ashdown "...very perfect indeed, a prelude to what he was going to do at Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington."

  • Architect: Benjamin Henry Latrobe

    Date: Pre-1795
    Designed: House for Trayton Fuller

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 635
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
    Year Published: 1973
    Reference: pg. 505
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710280
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Trayton Fuller, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unoccupied

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No