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Bagshot Park (Bagshot Park Mansion)

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house (the first house) was demolished between 1877 and 1878 to make way for the current house (the second house).

    Built / Designed For: Duke of Connaught

    House & Family History: After the death of the Duke of Connaught in 1942 the Crown Estate turned Bagshot over to the British Army for use as the WRAC staff college. At the end of World War II George VI offered the house to the Royal Army Chaplains' Department, who used Bagshot as a church house and chaplains' depot until 1947. Bagshot Park was leased to Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, in 1997 for use as his country house. Between 1997 and 1999, at an estimated cost of £2.98 million, the house was renovated and restored for the Earl of Wessex and his new wife.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: In 1999 the Park stood at 88 acres.

  • Architect: Edward White (Whyte)

    Date: 19th century
    Designed: Gardens

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    Architect: James Thompson Parkinson

    Date: 1819-21
    Designed: St. Anne's Chapel (demolished 1882)

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    Architect: Inigo Jones

    Date: 1631-32
    Designed: Lodge (demolished)

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    Architect: John Soane

    Date: 1798
    Designed: Alterations to first house (demolished) for Duke of Gloucester

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    Architect: James Paine Sr.

    Date: 1766-72
    Designed: Remodeled first house (demolished) for 3rd Earl of Albermarle

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    Architect: Benjamin Ferrey

    Date: 1877
    Designed: Second (current) house for Duke of Connaught

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pgs. 590, 771, 781, 968
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: HRH The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward Windsor

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT FIRST HOUSE: George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle, until 1772. Duke of Clarence (later King William IV), until 1816. Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh, until 1834; Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh, until 1847. SEATED AT SECOND HOUSE: Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Princess Louise Margaret of Prussia, Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn, 1880-1942.

    Current Ownership Type: The Crown / Royal Family

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: Owned by the Crown Estate, Bagshot is leased to Prince Edward.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No