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Cholmondeley Castle (Cholmondeley Hall)

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house, rebuilt by Smith of Warwick the Younger, was demolished circa 1805, after the current house was completed.

    Built / Designed For: 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley

    Collections: Hans Holbein the Younger's "Lady with a Pet Squirrel and Starling," which had been at Cholmondeley Castle since the 18th century (later coming to Houghton Hall, Norfolk), was sold from Houghton to The National Gallery, London, at Christie's in March of 1992 for £10 million.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Gothic-style castle, which stands romantically on a rise above the lake, is surrounded by sweeping lawns and a variety of mature trees, including chestnut, cedars of Lebanon, and oak. The gardens surrounding the Castle provide a lovely mix of color and height, with intriguing walks around the lake, complete with a picnic site, children's play area, and rare breeds of farm animals, including African pygmy goats and llamas, in addition to the more ordinary rabbits, chickens, and aviary birds. There is also the Laburnum Grove, the Rose Garden, and the Temple Water Garden, which sports a small lake full of giant koi carp.

    Chapel & Church: There is a private chapel in the Park.

  • Architect: Robert Smirke

    Date: Circa 1829
    Designed: Added towers for 2nd Marquess of Cholmondeley

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    Architect: William Smith the Younger

    Date: 1704-13
    Designed: Remodeled Cholmondeley Hall (demolished circa 1805) for 1st Earl of Cholmondeley

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    Architect: John Turner

    Date: 1801-04
    Designed: Designed and built new (current) castellated house for 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley

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    Architect: John Vanbrugh

    Date: 1713
    Designed: Advice to 1st Earl for remodeling of Cholmondeley Hall (demolished circa 1805)

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    Architect: John Webb

    Date: Early 19th century
    Designed: Laid out grounds of Cholmondeley Hall (demolished circa 1805)

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  • Vitruvius Britannicus: C. II, pls. 31-34, 1717. C. III, pls. 79, 80, 1725.

    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: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 108, 1854.

    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. V, 1829.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pgs. 936, 942, 1062, 1098
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Houghton Hall Guidebook
    Author: Cornforth, John
    Year Published: 1996
    Publisher: Norfolk: Jarrold Publishing
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Light Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley; Cholmondeley family here since 1200.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Hugh Cholmondeley, 1st Earl of Cholmondeley, until 1725; George Cholmondeley, 2nd Earl of Cholmondeley, 1725-33; George Cholmondeley, 3rd Earl of Cholmondeley, 1733-70; George James Cholmondeley, 4th Earl of Cholmondeley, 1770-1805. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: George James Cholmondeley, 1st Marquess of Cholmondeley and 4th Earl of Cholmondeley, 1805-27; George Horatio Cholmondeley, 2nd Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1827-70; William Henry Hugh Cholmondeley, 3rd Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1870-84; George Henry Hugh Cholmondeley, 4th Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1884-1923; George Horatio Charles Cholmondeley, 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1923-68; George Hugh Cholmondeley, 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley, 1968-90.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Grounds Only

    Phone: 01829-720-383

    Website: http://www.cholmondeleycastle.com

    Historic Houses Member: Yes