DiCamillo Companion

Cranbury House (Cranbury Park)

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house was demolished in the late 18th century to make way for the current house. This house was purchased, in May of 1721, by John Conduitt, who married Catherine Barton, half-niece and adopted daughter of Sir Isaac Newton; toward end of his life Newton moved to Cranbury, remaining here until his death in 1727.

    House & Family History: The current Cranbury is a fine red brick 18th century house with stone dressings that is noted for its Hall, which features coffered tunnel-vaults that rise to the full height of the House. The Saloon has a grand, domed ceiling and a profusion of Adam style plasterwork.

    Comments: Nikolaus Pevsner wrote that the interiors of Cranbury were an "unforgettable experience."

  • Architect: George Dance, Jr.

    Date: Circa 1780
    Designed: Remodeled interiors for Thomas Drummer

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    Architect: John Buonarotti Papworth

    Date: Circa 1830
    Designed: Tent Room and other interior alterations for Thomas Chamberlayne

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  • Country Life: CXX, 944, 1058, 1116, 1956.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 291, 733
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Regency Country House From the Archives of Country Life, The
    Author: Robinson, John Martin
    Year Published: 2005
    Reference: pg. 27
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1845130537
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Chamberlayne-Macdonald family

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Roger Coram (tenant), late 16th century. Sir Charles Wyndham, 17th century. John Conduitt, early 18th century. Sir Isaac Newton, early 17th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Thomas Lee Dummer, 18th century. Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland), late 18th century. Thomas Chamberlayne, 19th century; Tankerville Chamberlayne, until 1924.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No