A late 19th century lithograph of an Ellenborough Park interior from Joseph Nash's "Interiors of Old English Mansions"
Built / Designed For: Thomas Goodman
House & Family History: Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough, was the subject of a marital scandal that rocked 19th century London. After the death of his first wife, Lord Ellenborough married Jane Digby, a society beauty who was 17 years his junior. Jane was not a fan of her new husband and subsequently began a series of affairs (it's likely that their only child, Arthur Dudley Law, was fathered by Jane's cousin). These infidelities became so widely known that Lord Ellenborough felt forced to divorce his wife. The frenzy was so intense that, on April 2, 1830, the day that an Act of Parliament granting the divorce was expected to be granted, "The Times" took the unprecedented move of dedicating their entire front page to the divorce. Lord Ellenborough never remarried and served as governor general of India between 1842 and 1844.
Country Life: XXII, 594, 1907.
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Goodman, 16th century. Sir John Huddleston, Jr., until 1547. Kenard de la Bere, 16th century. Edward Law, 1st Earl of Ellenborough, until 1871.
Current Ownership Type: Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use: Hotel
Ownership Details: Today Ellenborough Park Hotel