Built / Designed For: Sir William Baker
House & Family History: The library features a large Egyptian granite chimneypiece with male Egyptian caryatids presented by Fagin to William Baker in 1812.
Collections: The contents of Bayfordbury were sold and dispersed after World War II.
Garden & Outbuildings: In 1969 the Bayfordbury Observatory was founded on the estate by Hatfield Polytechnic (now the University of Hertfordshire). Today the university's astronomical and atmospheric physics remote sensing observatory, it is one of the largest teaching astronomical observatories in Britain.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 49, 1854.
Country Life: Jan 17, 23, 1925, Francis Aldhouse, 1809-1812, remodeling for William Baker.
Title: Greek Revival, The
Author: Crook, J. Mordaunt
Year Published: 1995
Publisher: London: John Murray
Book Type: Softback
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 2008
Reference: pgs. 63, 1027
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Apollo (magazine)
Year Published: NA
Reference: October 1972
Publisher: London: Apollo Magazine Ltd.
Book Type: Magazine
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat / Home of: Sir William Baker, Sr., 1760-70; William Baker, Jr., 1770-1824. Admiral Sir Lewis Clinton-Baker, until 1940.
Current Ownership Type: School
Primary Current Ownership Use: School
Ownership Details: Today the University of Hertfordshire's biology and geography department, including the Regional Science Learning Centre.
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No