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Dunham Massey Hall (Dunham Hall)

  • Built / Designed For: Sir George Booth, 1st Bt.

    House & Family History: Dunham Massey Hall was used as a military hospital during World War I. On July 17, 1946 Roger Grey, 10th and last Earl of Stamford, hosted King George VI and Queen Elizabeth for lunch at the house. Dunham Massey Hall, and the surrounding estate, was donated to the National Trust by the 10th Earl in 1976.

    Collections: Dunham Massey contains a fine collection of Huguenot silver and the noted painting "A Dutch Mastiff with Dunham Massey in the Background" by Jan Wyck. A pair of silver wall sconces, originally part of a set of six commissioned by the 2nd Earl of Warrington (of the first creation), has been, since 1991, in the collection of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The sconces were made in London circa 1730-31 by Peter Archambo I and feature heart-shaped backplates with mythological scenes, one of which shows the death of Phaeton and the other the story of Narcissus and Echo.

  • Architect: Joseph Compton Hall

    Date: 1905-07
    Designed: Alterations to the House, including the centrepiece of South Façade.

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    Architect: John Shaw Sr.

    Date: 1822
    Designed: Alterations to House for 6th Earl of Stamford

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    Architect: John Hope

    Date: 1789-90
    Designed: Altered South Front of House for 5th Earl of Stamford

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    Architect: John Norris

    Date: 1732-40
    Designed: House rebuilt to his designs for 2nd Earl of Warrington

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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. 17, 1852.

    Country Life: CLXIX, 1562, 1664, 1981. CLXX, 18, 106, 1981.

  • Title: In Trust for the Nation: Paintings from National Trust Houses
    Author: Laing, Alastair
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 52
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: 070801958
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 510, 708, 862
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" (1986 - TV series, episode 1.2, "The Abbey Grange," as Abbey Grange interiors, including the Inner Courtyard and the Great Hall as the Dining Room). "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" (1991 - TV series, episode 1.3, "Shoscombe Old Place," as Shoscombe Hall interiors, mill house, and lake). "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" (1992 - TV series, episode 1.7, "The Master Blackmailer"). "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" (1994 - TV series, episode 1.2, "The Dying Detective").
  • Past Seat / Home of: Sir George Booth, 1st Bt., 1616-52; Sir George Booth, 2nd Bt. and 1st Baron Delamer, 1652-84; Henry Booth, 2nd Baron Delamer and 1st Earl of Warrington (first creation), 1684-94; George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington, 1694-1758. Harry Grey, 4th Earl of Stamford, 1758-68; George Harry Grey, 5th Earl of Stamford, 1768-1819; George Harry Booth-Grey, 6th Earl of Stamford and 2nd Earl of Warrington (second creation), 1819-45; George Harry Booth-Grey, 7th Earl of Stamford and 3rd Earl of Warrington, 1845-83; though the 8th Earl of Stamford owned Dunham Massey, he never lived here, spending most of his life in South Africa; William Grey, 9th Earl of Stamford, 1890-1910; Roger Grey, 10th Earl of Stamford, 1910-76.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01619-411-025

    Fax: 01619-297-508

    Email: dunhammassey@nationaltrust.org.uk

    Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No