Garden Facade from a late 19th century postcard
Earlier Houses: There were a number of earlier buildings, including a Medieval Benedictine priory, elements of which were incorporated into the house that was built by the de Vere family after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The priory church was the burial place for many generations of the de Vere family, including 13 earls of Oxford. In 1935 many of the tombs were moved to the nearby 13th century chapel of St. Stephen at Bures. In 2012, during the filming of an episode of "Time Team," remains of some of the de Vere tombs were uncovered at Colne Priory.
Built / Designed For: Henry Holgate Carwardine
House & Family History: Colne Priory is a 19th century Flemish bond red brick Gothick style house that incorporates sections of the medieval priory and the successor house that followed it. In 2022 the house, together with 24 acres, was listed for sale for £7 million.
Title: Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
Year Published: 1981
Reference: pg. 46
Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Not Listed
Current Seat / Home of: Paul Whight
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: John de Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford, 16th century; Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, until 1583. Roger Harlakenden, 16th century; Harlakenden family here until 1672. Androwes family, 17th century. John Wale, 18th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Henry Holgate Carwardine, 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No