The second (current) house from a circa 1911 postcard
The first house (demolished) from an 1811 engraving
Earlier Houses: Today's Shaw-designed house replaced an earlier 18th century house (Bryanstone House) by James Wyatt (demolished 1890) that was a 1/4 mile further down the hill.
Built / Designed For: 2nd Viscount Portman
House & Family History: Bryanston is a late 19th century banded red brick Baroque style house with a very grand entrance facade of 11 bays. The primary rooms sport rich plasterwork in Baroque and Neoclassical styles and fine chimneypieces, some of which may have been removed from Wyatt's earlier house. In 1927 the house became a boys' (now coeducational) public school.
Garden & Outbuildings: The entrance to the estate from the southeast is via the triumphal arch gateway built by James Wyatt circa 1778.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, 1818.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Reference: pg. 1115
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
Title: Buildings of England: Dorset, The
Author: Newman, John; Pevsner, Nikolaus
Year Published: 1999
Reference: pgs. 118-120
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Country Houses of Dorset
Author: Oswald, Arthur
Year Published: 1935
Publisher: London: Country Life Ltd.
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Henry B. Portman, late 18th century; Edward Berkeley Portman, until 1823; Edward Berkeley Portman, 1st Viscount Portman, 1823-88. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Henry Berkeley Portman, 2nd Viscount Portman, 1890-1919; Henry Berkeley Portman, 3rd Viscount Portman, 1919-23; Claud Berkeley Portman, 4th Viscount Portman, 1923-27.
Current Ownership Type: School
Primary Current Ownership Use: School
Ownership Details: Since 1927 Bryanston School