DiCamillo Companion

Fillongley Hall

  • Built / Designed For: The Rev. Bowyer Adderley

    House & Family History: Fillongley is a fine Neoclassical house designed by George Woolcott for The Rev. Bowyer Adderley, uncle of the 1st Lord Norton. George Eliot is known to have stayed at Bede Cottage, which is adjacent to the House; the cottage is reported to have been a source of inspiration for Eliot's novel "Adam Bede." Fillongley remained in the Norton family until 2006, when the 8th Lord Norton sold the Estate for £5 million and moved, together with his family, to Switzerland.

    Collections: On October 24, 2006 the contents of Chanter's House, Devon, were auctioned onsite by Sotheby's; included in the sale were 100 lots from Fillongley Hall.

    Comments: Fillongley Hall has been called "one of the great unsung interiors of the Greek revival in England."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The House sits within an Estate of 400 acres, which includes woodlands, an entrance lodge, four cottages, and a cricket pitch.

  • Architect: George Woolcot

    Date: 1824-25
    Designed: House for Rev. Bowyer Adderley

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    Architect: James Lloyd Akroyd

    Date: 1840-41
    Designed: Extension of entrance front, hall and library. Added West Wing.

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  • 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. I, p. 131, 1854.

  • Title: Sotheby's Auction Catalog: The Chanter's House Sale, Oct 24, 2006
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2006
    Publisher: London: Sotheby's
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: The Rev. Bowyer Adderley, 19th century. James Nigel Arden Adderley, 8th Baron Norton, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Unknown

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unknown

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No


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