DiCamillo Companion

Buckminster Park

  • Built / Designed For: Sir William Manners, 1st Bt.

    House Replaced By: A second house was house built between 1964 and 1965 near the site of the first house.

    Collections: A very large (nine-and-half feet high by almost seven feet wide) white Carrara marble mantelpiece with Wedgwood Jasperware plaques set into it, designed to be part of the Wedgwood Dining Room at Buckminster, was sold in 2008 to the Birmingham (Alabama) Museum of Art. The mantelpiece resembles of the façade of a Georgian house and is one of 12 such fireplace surrounds designed (1881-82) for William Tollemache, 9th Earl of Dysart, by Halsey Ricardo, who was commissioned by Lord Dysart to remodel and redecorate Buckminster Park. In addition to the mantelpiece, the Dining Room had a built-in sideboard with a frieze of niches designed to hold Wedgwood vases. Ricardo's use of Wedgwood Jasperware plaques at Buckminster Park is the earliest record of their revival for use on a mantelpiece in the 19th century. Some of the plaques (featuring classical scenes and portraits of Greek and Roman statesmen) used in the Dining Room's decorations were done in a special green that the Wedgwood company copied from the color scheme Ricardo had mixed for the House; this color is still known today as Dysart Green. The plasterwork of the Dining Room ceiling was also decorated with classical ornamentation. When Buckminster was demolished in 1952 the Dining Room mantelpiece (and other parts of the Dining Room's decoration, location today unknown) was purchased by a Philadelphia dealer who sold it to a couple in Narberth, Pennsylvania. The mantelpiece is today installed in a reconstructed 18th century English art gallery at the Birmingham Museum, which also displays part of the Beeson Collection of 1,400 pieces of 18th century Wedgwood (collected by in the 1970s by Dwight and Lucille Beeson), as well as some of the Buten Wedgwood Collection (over 8,000 pieces collected in the mid-20th century by Harry and Nettie Buten). The Buten Collection has made the museum the repository of the largest and most comprehensive collection of Wedgwood in the United States, and second in the world after the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston.

  • Architect: James Savage

    Date: Circa 1795-98
    Designed: First house (demolished) for Sir William Manners, 1st Bt.

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    Architect: Halsey Ricardo

    Date: 1881-82
    Designed: Redesigned interiors for William Tollemache, 9th Earl of Dysart.

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  • Vitruvius Britannicus: C. New, I, pls. 69-72, 1802.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 907
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: New York Times, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Aug 22, 2008, "Wedgwood Mantlepiece," Wendy Moonan
    Publisher: New York: The New York Times Company
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Newspaper

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT FIRST HOUSE: Sir William Manners, 1st Bt. and Lord Huntingtower, until 1833; Lionel William John Tollemache, 8th Earl of Dysart, 1833-78; William John Manners Tollemache, 9th Earl of Dysart, 1878-1935; Sir Lyonel Felix Carteret Eugene Tollemache, 4th Bt., 1935-50.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No