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: The Estate at Ditton was originally the property of the de Moleyne family; a house of circa 1335 was the first known dwelling here. This house was added to and altered in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries and burned in 1812 and was replaced by the current house, which incorporated elements of the earlier house. It was this earlier house that Princess Mary, later Mary I, visited in 1517.
Built / Designed For: Elizabeth, 3rd Duchess of Buccleuch
House & Family History: After an 1812 fire gutted first house, a new Ditton Park was built in the Strawberry Hill Gothick style to the designs of William Atkinson for the wife of the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch. The British Admiralty occupied the House in 1917, during World War I, and remained here until the end of the 20th century. In 2002 Ditton went through a complete restoration to its 1812 plans, including the restoration of the original Gothic style fittings made by cabinetmaker George Bullock. After its rebirth the House served as the headquarters for an IT company; it is today an event venue.
Collections: A white Carrara marble statue of "Glory" by Giovanni Baratta, originally made for the 1st Duke of Marlborough in Florence in 1715 (though never taken delivery of by him and installed at Blenheim, as was intended), was purchased by the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 / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: de Moleyne (Molyn) family, 14th century. Sir Ralph Winwood, 17th century. Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu, 1st Earl of Montagu, and 1st Viscount Monthermer, 17th century. Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch and 5th Duke of Queensberry, 18th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Elizabeth, 3rd Duchess of Buccleuch, 1812-27; Walter Francis Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch and 7th Duke of Queensberry, 1827-84; Charlotte Anne, Dowager Duchess of Buccleuch, late 19th century. Frederick Glyn, 4th Baron Wolverton, 1920s.
Current Ownership Type: Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use: Wedding & Event Venue