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Cholmondeley Castle (Cholmondeley Hall)

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house, designed primarily by Smith of Warwick the Younger, was demolished in 1801.

    House & Family History: The Cholmondeleys have lived at Cholmondeley since 1200. The current Cholmondeley Castle was built in the 19th century by the 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 romantic Cholmondeley Castle - a mock castle folly built in 1801 of local sandstone - stands on a rise above a lake. The Gothic-style castle 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: 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 1801) for 1st Earl of Cholmondeley

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    Architect: John Turner

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

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    Architect: John Vanbrugh

    Date: 1713
    Designed: Advice to 1st Earl for remodlling of Cholmondeley Hall (demolished 1801)

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    Architect: John Webb

    Designed: Laid out grounds of Cholmondeley Hall (demolished 1801)

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

    J.B. Burke: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 108, 1854.

    J.P. Neal: 2.S. Vol. V, 1829.

  • 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

    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

    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

  • Seat of: David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley.

    Past Seat of: George James Horation Cholmondeley, 2nd Marquess of Cholmondeley, 19th century.

    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