An 1813 engraving of the entrance gates from "The History of Windsor"
"Glory," by Giovanni Baratta, 1715, created for Blenheim, today in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Earlier Houses: A 14th century house with 16th, 17th, and 18th century additions burned in 1812 and was replaced by the current house.
House & Family History: The Estate at Ditton was originally the property of the de Moleyne family; a house of circa 1335 was the first known dwelling here. The Estate was later forfeited to the crown and rebuilt or possibly repaired as a royal house, 1511-16. In the early 17th century Sir Ralph Winwood, Principal Secretary of State to James I, rebuilt the House. Ralph, Earl of Montagu, partly remodeled the House circa 1700-05. After an 1812 fire gutted the older house, Ditton was rebuilt in the Gothick style by William Atkinson for the wife of the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch. Still extant are fittings in the Gothic style by the cabinetmaker George Bullock. The Admiralty occupied the House in 1917 and remained in residence until the end of the 20th century. In 2002 Ditton went through a complete restoration to its 1812 plans and today serves as the headquarters of an IT company.
Collections: A white Carrara marble statue of "Glory" by Giovanni Baratta, originally made for the 1st Duke of Marlborough in Florence in 1715 (though never taken delivery of by him and installed at Blenheim, as was intended), was purchased by the 1st Duke of Chandos in 1721 and was in the collection at Canons later that year (it is in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, today; see photo in "Images" section). The statue was one of a pair made for Marlborough; its mate, "Fame" or "Valour," was known to be in the collection at Ditton Park in the 18th century; its location is unknown today.
Garden & Outbuildings: There is a moat that still surrounds the House.
Chapel & Church: The Chapel, also designed by Atkinson, was built in 1817.
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: Vol. I, 1818.
Country Life: Jan 11, 1990.
Title: Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Williamson, Elizabeth
Year Published: 1994
Reference: pg. 279
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Georgian: The Magazine of the Georgian Group, The
Year Published: NA
Reference: January 2002, pg. 11
Publisher: London: The Georgian Group
Book Type: Magazine
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade II
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat of: de Moleyne (Molyn) family, 14th century. Sir Ralph Winwood, 17th century. Ralph Montagu, Earl of Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu, 17th century. Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch and 5th Duke of Queensberry, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use: Offices
Ownership Details: Today headquarters for an IT company
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No