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Bushy House (Bushey House) (Bushey Park)

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier 17th century house was encased and rebuilt in the 18th century for Lord Halifax.

    House & Family History: From 1791, before he was king, William IV lived at Bushey with Mrs. Jordan and their brood of illegitimate children. After King William IV's death, his widow, Queen Adelaide, lived at Bushy House until her death in 1849. Queen Victoria then lent Bushey House to Louis, Duc de Nemours, second son of King Louis Philippe, who lived here until his death in 1896.

  • Architect: Jeffry Wyatville (Wyattville) (Wyatt)

    Date: 1827-28
    Designed: Alterations, probably including Conservatory, for Queen Adelaide.

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    Architect: William Samwell

    Date: 1664-65
    Designed: House for Edward Proger
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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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: Vol. II, 1819.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 1133
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • Past Seat / Home of: Edward Proger, 17th century. George Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, 18th century. Duke of Clarence, later King William IV, 19th century. Queen Adelaide (widow of William IV), 19th century. Louis, Duc de Nemours, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: The House is today the residence of the director of The National Physical Laboratory. Bushy is the second-largest of London's Royal Parks; most of it is open to the public.

  • House Open to Public: Grounds Only

    Historic Houses Member: No