DiCamillo Companion

Drayton House

  • Earlier Houses: There were almost certainly earlier buildings on, or near, the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: The 4th Lord Mordaunt hosted James I and Queen Anne of Denmark at Drayton for three days in August of 1605. The house contains at least one priest hole. In 2023 Drayton House became famous as the fictional Saltburn House in the movie of the same name.

    Collections: The Baroque Flemish artist Gerard Lanscroon, whose father, Valentin Lanscroon, worked at Chatsworth, painted murals at Drayton. Drayton's Kakiemon porcelain collection was sold to Bluett and Sons Limited.

    Comments: Pevsner called Drayton the most impressive Medieval mansion in Northamptonshire.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The house sits within a park of 200 acres.

  • Architect: Isaac Rowe

    Date: 17th century
    Designed: Gatehouse and alterations to House

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    Architect: John Webb

    Date: Circa 1653
    Designed: Alterations

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    Architect: William Rhodes

    Date: Circa 1771-74
    Designed: Alterations, possibly to designs of William Chambers.

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    Architect: Alexander Roos

    Date: Circa 1850
    Designed: Alterations

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    Architect: George Devey

    Date: 19th century
    Designed: Alterations

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    Architect: John Alfred Gotch

    Date: Early 20th century
    Designed: Alterations

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    Architect: Thomas Coke

    Date: Circa 1720
    Designed: Interior of Chapel for Lady Betty Germain

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    Architect: William Talman

    Date: 1702
    Designed: Rebuilt south front of Hall facing courtyard for Sir John Germain, Bt., and probably the cupolas on the two towers.

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 118, 1852.

    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: 2.S. Vol. IV, 1828.

    Country Life: XXXI, 898 plan, 934, 1912. CXXXVII, 1146 plan, 1216, 1286, 1346, 1965.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 265, 952
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Country Life: 100 Favourite Houses
    Author: Green, Candida Lycett
    Year Published: 1999
    Publisher: London: Boxtree
    ISBN: 0752213334
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Saltburn" (2023).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Lionel Stopford-Sackville; Sackville family here since the 18th century.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Aubrey de Vere I, 11th century; Sir Walter de Vere, 12th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir Simon de Drayton, 14th century; Baldwin de Drayton, 14th century. Sir Henry Greene, 14th century; Ralph Green, 15th century. John Stafford, 1st Earl of Wiltshire, 15th century. John Mordaunt, 1st Baron Mordaunt, until 1562; John Mordaunt, 2nd Baron Mordaunt, 1562-1571; Lewis Mordaunt, 3rd Baron Mordaunt, 1571-1601; Henry Mordaunt, 4th Baron Mordaunt, 1601-10; John Mordaunt, 5th Baron Mordaunt and 1st Earl of Peterborough, 1610-44; Henry Mordaunt, 2nd Earl of Peterborough and 6th Baron Mordaunt, 1644-97. Sir John Germain, 1st Bt., early 18th century; George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, 18th century; Charles Sackville-Germain, 5th Duke of Dorset, until 1843. William Bruce Stopford, 19th century; Sackville George Stopford-Sackville, until 1926; Nigel Victor Stopford-Sackville, until 1972.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No


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