DiCamillo Companion

Burton Park

  • Earlier Houses: An 1826 fire destroyed an earlier 18th century house designed by Giacomo Leoni.

    Built / Designed For: John Biddulph

    House & Family History: Burton Park is noted for its Greek-style hall, very likely a remodeling of the hall of Leoni's earlier house. Most particularly, the hall contains an extraordinary cast and wrought bronze staircase with figures of greyhounds on alternate steps. The staircase was moved to Burton from Michelgrove after the latter house was demolished. Historic England listed Burton Park as a Grade I house because of the staircase.

  • Architect: Henry Bassett

    Date: Circa 1828
    Designed: Greek style house for John Biddulph (current house)

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    Architect: Giacomo Leoni

    Date: 1738
    Designed: Earlier house (destroyed) for Richard Biddulph

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  • 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: 2.S. Vol. I, 1824.

    Country Life: LXXX, 38, 1936.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: John Biddulph, 19th century. Major J.S. Courtauld, early 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Today St. Michael's Prep School

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01959-522-137

    Fax: 01959-526-044

    Email: office@stmichaels.kent.sch.uk

    Website: http://www.stmichaels.kent.sch.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No