A circa 1830 hand-colored engraving of the house
Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.
Collections: Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr (1577-1618) was the Englishman for whom the state, river, and American Indian tribe called Delaware in the United States were named. Lord De La Warr was the Virginia Company's first governor and an ancestor of the current Lord De La Warr. West received his education at Queen's College, Oxford. He served in the army under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and in 1601 was charged with supporting Essex's ill-fated insurrection against Queen Elizabeth I; he was acquitted of those charges and succeeded his father as Baron De La Warr in 1602 and became a member of the Privy Council. Lord De La Warr headed the contingent of 150 men who landed in Jamestown (in what would later become Virginia) on June 10, 1610, just in time to persuade the original settlers not to give up and go home to England. Lord De La Warr proceeded to initiate the First Anglo-Powhatan War, which has been described as an act of genocide. Leaving his deputy, Sir Samuel Argall, in charge, Lord De La Warr returned to England and published a book about Virginia, "The Relation of the Right Honourable the Lord De-La-Warre, of the Colonie, Planted in Virginia," in 1611. He remained the nominal governor of Virginia, and, in such office, had received complaints from the Virginia settlers about Argall's tyranny in governing them for him; thus, Lord De La Warr set sail for Virginia again in 1618 to investigate those charges. He died en route and was buried at sea. The Sackville family today live a large Tudor-style house, originally called Stoneland Hall, on the Buckhurst Estate.
Chapel & Church: The Chapel contains oak paneling originally from Bolebooke, a 16th century brick house in Sussex.
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: Vol. II, p. 162, 1853.
Country Life: XXXI, 686 plan, 722, 1912.
Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
Year Published: 1990
Reference: pg. P 329
Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
Year Published: 1973
Reference: pg. 639
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Grade II
Current Seat / Home of: William Herbrand Sackville, 11th Earl De La Warr; Sackville family here for 900 years.
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Thomas West, 3rd Baron De La Warr, until 1618; Henry West, 4th Baron De La Warr, 1618-28; Charles West, 5th Baron De La Warr, 1628-78; John West, 6th Baron De La Warr, 1678-1723; John West, 1st Earl De Le Warr and 7th Baron De La Warr, 1723-66; John West, 2nd Earl De La Warr, 1766-77; William Augustus West, 3rd Earl De La Warr, 1777-83; John Richard West, 4th Earl De La Warr, 1783-95. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: George John Sackville-West, 5th Earl De La Warr, 1833-69; Charles Richard Sackville West, 6th Earl De La Warr, 1869-73; Reginald Windsor Sackville, 7th Earl De La Warr, 1873-96; Gilbert George Reginald Sackville, 8th Earl De La Warr, 1896-1915; Herbrand Edward Dundonald Brassey Sackville, 9th Earl De La Warr, 1915-76; William Herbrand Sackville, 10th Earl De La Warr, 1976-88.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Available for weddings and corporate events.