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Benham Park (Benham Place) (Benham Valence Manor)

  • Earlier Houses: The current house was built on the site of Benham Valence Manor, an earlier manor house.

    Built / Designed For: 6th Earl of Craven

    House & Family History: Benham is a stone house, nine bays wide and three stories high, with a fine portico of four unfluted Ionic columns. The House was sold in 2011 to developers Harry Marriott and Michael Fresson for £5 million and later served as offices for a number of IT companies.

    Comments: Pevsner calls the Gatepiers and Lodges at the northeast corner "excellent."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Gatepiers on the northwest corner are believed to have come from Hamstead Marshall.

  • Architect: Henry Holland

    Date: 1772-75
    Designed: House, together with Capability Brown.

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    Architect: Robert William Furze Brettingham

    Date: 1789
    Designed: Bridge in Park for 6th Lord Craven (demolished)

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    Architect: Lancelot Brown

    Date: 1772-75
    Designed: Laid out grounds and designed House, together with Holland.

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  • Title: Georgian: The Magazine of the Georgian Group, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: January 2002, pg. 11
    Publisher: London: The Georgian Group
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Buildings of England: Berkshire, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1966
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: William Craven, 6th Baron Craven, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Unknown

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unknown

    Ownership Details: Today headquarters for Prime Business Solutions Ltd (Prime UK)

  • House Open to Public: No

    Email: info@prime-uk.com

    Website: http://www.prime-uk.com

    Historic Houses Member: No