DiCamillo Companion

Capesthorne Hall

  • House & Family History: Capesthorne is a red brick house with ashlar dressings that is noted for its Sculpture Gallery, designed by Edward Blore in the 1830s. The Gallery has a paneled ceiling with arched niches that are filled with ancient copies of famous Greek sculptures and a pair of dancing girls by Antonio Canova. A carved wooden Georgian fireplace from Calveley Hall, Alpraham (another Davenport family house), was installed at Capesthorne after the demolition of Calveley in the 1950s.

    Collections: Taddeo Gaddhi's altarpiece, probably originally purchased by Reverend William Davenport Bromley, along with four paintings, were all sold at Christie's on May 24, 1991 for a total of £2,626,800.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The grounds include over 100 acres of land, a chain of man-made lakes, a fine brick-and-stone arched bridge, the Milanese Gates, the Ice House, and the Water Cascade, the last three all being 18th century.

    Chapel & Church: The Georgian chapel dates from 1720.

  • Architect: Smith Family

    Date: 1719-32
    Designed: Hall

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    Architect: Edward Blore

    Date: 1837-42
    Designed: Remodeled House for Edward Davies Davenport

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    Architect: Anthony Salvin

    Date: 1861
    Designed: Partially rebuilt house after fire

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  • 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. I, p. 244, 1852.

    Country Life: CLXII, 535, 607, 1977.

  • Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

    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 II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes" (1991 - TV series, as the bridge and house of Thor Hall in "The Problem of Thor Bridge"). "The Making of a Lady" (2012 - TV movie).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Bromley-Davenport family; here since Domesday times.

    Past Seat / Home of: Edward Davies Davenport, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01625-861-221

    Fax: 01625-861-619

    Email: info@capesthorne.com

    Website: http://www.capesthorne.com

    Historic Houses Member: Yes