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Chiddingstone Castle (High Street House)

  • House & Family History: Chiddingstone was rebuilt in the castle style for Squire Henry Streatfeild, circa 1805. The Streatfeild family let the House after they could no longer afford to maintain the Estate. Denys Bower, an art collector, purchased Chiddingstone in 1955 to use as a private residence, as a well as a home for his collection. Bower could not afford the restoration and, when he died in 1977, he willed the estate to the National Trust, who refused the House. A private charitable trust was then established to maintain Chiddingstone; the restoration effort has been assisted by grants from English Heritage.

  • Architect: William Atkinson

    Date: Circa 1805-10
    Designed: Remodeled House for Henry Streatfield

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    Architect: Henry Edward Kendall

    Date: Circa 1837-38
    Designed: Completed remodeling

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  • 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: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Henry Streatfeild, 18th-19th centuries; Streatfeild family here from the 16th century until 1900. Lord Astor, 1938-? Denys Eyre Bower, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Preservation Organization

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Owned by the Denys Eyre Bower Trust.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01892-870-347

    Email: events@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

    Website: http://www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: Yes