The House from "Morris's County Seats," circa 1875.
Earlier Houses: The 15th century Gatehouse and the vaulted Crypt belonged to the earlier house, which was destroyed during the Commonwealth.
House & Family History: There has been a house on this site since the Norman Conquest. Thomas Proby began the current house (part Regency Gothick, part Georgian, and part Victorian) in the late 17th century.
Collections: Elton contains a fine collection of Early English bibles, including Henry VIII's prayer book. On July 7, 2005 Christie's sold from Elton Hall a Louis XVI ormolu-mounted carved agate ewer and basin (17th century agate and 1785 ormolu mounts). The ewer and basin was at one time in the ownership of William Beckford, from whence it passed into the collection at Hamilton Palace. In the great Hamilton Palace sale of June 17-20, 1882 conducted by Christie's the ewer was one of the few pieces selected for illustration in the catalog by means of an engraving.
Comments: The library is thought to be amongst the greatest libraries still privately-owned.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Seat of: William Proby; Proby family here for more than 350 years.
Past Seat of: Granville Leveson Proby, 4th Earl of Carysfort, 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home