DiCamillo Companion

Breakspears House (Breakspear House)

  • House & Family History: Breakspears House is a large brick House of two stories, plus attics. Although it retains late Tudor features, the House was most likely reconstructed at the end of the 17th century. Additions were made in a sympathetic style at the end of the 19th century. Nicholas Breakspear is believed to have lived at an earlier house on the site when he served as Pope Adrian IV, between 1154 and 1159. Alan Bennett writes in "Untold Stories" that Breakspears was the childhood home of Elizabeth Stephen, the wife of William Hallett; the couple famously appear in Gainsborough's "Morning Walk." W.S. Gilbert wrote "The Yeomen of the Guard" at the House. Breakspears was used as a retirement home in the 1950s; in 2002 plans were submitted to erect residential houses on the grounds.

    Collections: Josuha Reynolds's "Colonel Banastre Tarleton" (today in the collection of The National Gallery, London) once hung in Breakspears.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: A Lodge of 1904 and a Tudor Dovecote are extant.

  • Architect: Unknown (designed by an unknown architect)

    Date: Circa 1887
    Designed: Remodeled interiors for Alfred H. Tarleton

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    Architect: Unknown (designed by an unknown architect)

    Date: 1904
    Designed: Lodge

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  • Title: Untold Stories
    Author: Bennett, Alan
    Year Published: 2007
    Reference: pgs. 208-209
    Publisher: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    ISBN: 9780312426620
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Georgian Group Annual Report
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: 2002, pg. 7
    Publisher: London: The Georgian Group
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Light Softback

    Title: No Voice From the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper
    Author: Harris, John
    Year Published: 1998
    Reference: pgs. 79-81
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719555671
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "A Dance to the Music of Time" (1997 - TV mini series). "The Lost Prince" (2002 - TV production, as interiors of York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Nicholas Breakspear (Pope Adrian IV), 12th century; William Breakspear, 14th century. Ashby family. Alfred H. Tarleton, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

  • House Open to Public: No

    Website: http://www.breakspears.com

    Historic Houses Member: No