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Ednaston Manor

  • Built / Designed For: William Goodacre Player

    House & Family History: Ednaston was built for W.G. Player, a son of John Player, who founded the famous Nottingham-based tobacco firm of John Player & Sons (since 1901 part of Imperial Tobacco).

    Comments: Ednaston was described by Lutyen's biographer, A.G.S. Butler, as "perhaps the most perfect country house that Lutyens designed." During their heyday in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s the Ednaston gardens were considered among the finest in the Midlands.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The gardens were designed and laid out in 1920 by William Barrons in the style of Gertrude Jekyll. The Lutyens-designed Stableblock was converted into multiple dwellings in 1983.

  • Architect: Edwin Landseer Lutyens

    Date: 1912-19
    Designed: House for William Goodacre Player

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    Architect: William Barrons

    Date: 1920
    Designed: Gardens for William Goodacre Player

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  • Country Life: LIII, 398 plan, 1923.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Lionel Pickering; here since 1979.

    Past Seat / Home of: William Goodacre Player, 1914-59; Stephen Dane Player, 1959-79.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No