The house from "Morris's Views of Seats," circa 1875.
Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.
House & Family History: During World War II the house was converted into a teacher training college. The Elvaston Castle Estate was sold in 1969 by the 11th Earl of Harrington to Derbyshire County Council, who opened the park to the public in 1970. Since the 1980s Elvaston Castle has been neglected and has fallen into disrepair; since 2008 it has been listed on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register. Derbyshire County Council, the owners, estimate that the castle and estate requires £6.5 million in essential repairs.
Garden & Outbuildings: The house sits in a 320-acre park.
Architect: Richard WalkerDate: Circa 1816
Architect: James WyattDate: Circa 1815-19
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: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 138, 1855.
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: Vol. I, 1818.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 2008
Reference: pgs. 278, 1083, 1188
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade II*
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Sir Michael Stanhope, 16th century; Sir John Stanhope, until 1611; Sir John Stanhope, 1611-33. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir John Stanhope, 1633-38; General Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl of Harrington, until 1829; Major-General Charles Stanhope, 4th Earl of Harrington, 1829-51; Leicester FitzGerald Charles Stanhope, 5th Earl of Harrington, 1851-62; Sydney Seymour Hyde Stanhope, 6th Earl of Harrington, 1862-66; Charles Wyndham Stanhope, 7th Earl of Harrington, 1866-81; Charles Augustus Stanhope, 8th Earl of Harrington, 1881-1917; Dudley Henry Eden Stanhope, 9th Earl of Harrington, 1917-28; Charles Joseph Leicester Stanhope, 10th Earl of Harrington, 1928-29; William Henry Leicester Stanhope, 11th Earl of Harrington, 1929-69.
Current Ownership Type: Government
Primary Current Ownership Use: Unoccupied
Ownership Details: Owned by Derbyshire County Council
House Open to Public: Grounds Only
Historic Houses Member: No