DiCamillo Companion

Chilham Castle

  • Earlier Houses: The current house replaced a medieval castle.

    Built / Designed For: Sir Dudley Digges

    House & Family History: In April of 2021 the house, together with 300 acres, was listed for sale for £15 million.

    Collections: The Beth Shan bust, a monumental Roman marble double herm of Ariadne and Bacchus, circa 2nd-3rd century AD, was in the collection at Chilham until 1948. It was sold by Bonhams on May 1, 2008, with an estimate of £60,000-90,000.

  • Architect: John Shaw Sr.

    Date: Early 19th century
    Designed: Castle alterations for James Wildman

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    Architect: David Brandon

    Date: 1861-63
    Designed: Castle additions and alterations for Charles Hardy

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    Architect: Herbert Baker

    Date: 1922
    Designed: Castle additions and alterations for Sir Edmund Davis

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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. II, 1825.

    Country Life: XXXII, 126 plan, 1912. LV, 812 plan, 858 plan, 1924.

  • Title: Apollo (magazine)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Apr 2008, pg. 67
    Publisher: London: Apollo Magazine Ltd.
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
    Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. P 824
    Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
    ISBN: 0312046405
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Dempsey & Makepeace" (1985 - TV series, episode 1.9, "Cry God for Harry," as Winfield Hall). "Interceptor" (1989 - TV series game show, episode 1.1, "Kent"). "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (1995 - TV series, as the Lee family home in the episode "Hercule Poirot's Christmas"). "Marple" (2006 - TV series, as Cardew Pye's house in the episode "The Moving Finger").
  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Sir Thomas Cheney, 16th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir Dudley Digges, 17th century. Colebrooke family, 17th century. Heron family, 18th century. James Wildman, early 19th century; Wildman family here from 1792 until 1861. Charles Hardy, mid-to-late 19th century. Sir Edmund Davis, early 20th century. de Chair family, mid-20th century. John Whyte-Melville-Skeffington, 13th Viscount Massereene and Ferrard, late 20th century. Stuart Wheeler, 2002-20.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: Park open limited days. The Castle is available for corporate events.

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access

    Phone: 07951-165-536

    Email: enquiries@chilham-castle.co.uk

    Website: http://www.chilham-castle.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No