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Britwell House (Britwell Court)

  • House & Family History: In 1919 the Christie-Miller family sold Britwell to the House of Prayer, a religious community of Anglican nuns, who were here until 1982.

    Collections: Much of Britwell's important library of early English literature and poetry was sold at auction by Sotheby's in the early 20th century; subsequent sales followed, the last of which was held in 1971 and brought £174,866. The library, founded by William Henry Miller in the early 19th century and added to by members of the Christie-Miller family, was considered one of the greatest private libraries in Britain. Much of the library is today in the collection of the Rosenbach Library in Philadelphia and the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in California.

  • Architect: John Ninian Comper

    Date: 1935
    Designed: Chapel for the House of Prayer

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  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Charles Boyle, 4th Earl of Orrery, 1713-34. William Henry Miller, until 1848. Samuel Christie-Miller, until 1889; Sydney Richardson Christie-Miller, 20th century; Christie-Miller family here from the 19th century until 1919.

    Current Ownership Type: Unknown

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unknown

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No