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Exton Park (Exton Hall) (Exton House) (Horn House)

  • Earlier Houses: In 1850-51 the current house was built around the core of an 1811 house to replace the house that burned in 1810.

    House & Family History: In 1850-51 the current house was built around the core of an 1811 house to replace the house that burned in 1810.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Fort Henry is a Gothick summer house with battlements and lakeside terraces; the folly was designed by William Legg and built in the early 19th century to resemble a style of 1760-70. It was built by, and named after, Henry, the 6th Earl of Gainsborough, who supposedly re-enacted the great sea battles of his time on the lake, using miniature boats, manned by his servants and tenants. Near Fort Henry is the ruin of a garden house made entirely of tree bark; this very rare garden house is slowly being restored. In addition, the Stables, Riding School, Dovecote, and Jacobethan style Lodges are all extant.

    Chapel & Church: Attached to the House is the large Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, built in 1868.

  • Architect: John Chessell Buckler

    Date: 1868
    Designed: Roman Catholic Church of St. Thomas of Canterbury, attached to House.

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    Architect: John Linnell Bond

    Date: 1811
    Designed: Core of House for Sir Gerard Noel

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    Architect: William Daniel Legg

    Date: 1785
    Designed: Fort Henry summer house

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  • Vitruvius Britannicus: C. IVth, pls. 59-62, 1739.

  • Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
    Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. P 491
    Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
    ISBN: 0312046405
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Buildings of England: Leicestershire and Rutland, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1973
    Reference: pgs. 298-299
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710183
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Follies and Pleasure Pavilions
    Author: Mott, George; Aall, Sally Sample
    Year Published: 1989
    Publisher: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
    ISBN: 0810911752
    Book Type: Hardback

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

    Title: Georgian: The Magazine of the Georgian Group, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: January 1999, pg. 16
    Publisher: London: The Georgian Group
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

  • House Listed: Not Listed

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Anthony Baptist Noel, 6th Earl of Gainsborough.

    Past Seat / Home of: Sir Gerard Noel Noel, 2nd Bt., 18th-19th centuries.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No


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