DiCamillo Companion

Gorhambury House

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier Tudor house (see Old Gorhambury House) on a different site, the ruins of which are today owned by English Heritage.

    Built / Designed For: 3rd Viscount Grimston

    House & Family History: The large Palladian house designed by Sir Robert Taylor in the 18th century was refaced with white Portland stone in the 1950s.

    Collections: Gorhambury contains an important collection of portraits and has two chimney pieces by Piranesi. In addition, in the 18th century, Edward and Harriott Walter purchased from Piranesi a pair of ancient Roman vases that are today in the collection at Gorhambury.

  • Architect: Robert Taylor

    Date: 1777
    Designed: House for 3rd Viscount Grimston

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    Architect: William Atkinson

    Date: 1816-17
    Designed: Rebuilt north wing

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    Architect: William Atkinson

    Date: 1826-28
    Designed: Alterations for 1st Earl of Verulam

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    Architect: William Burn

    Date: 1847
    Designed: Alterations and additions for 2nd Earl of Veralum

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    Architect: Thomas Martin

    Date: 19th century
    Designed: Worked at Gorhambury under the direction of William Atkinson

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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: Vol. I, p. 149, 1852.

    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. II, 1819.

    Country Life: J.C. Rogers in Nov 25, 1933. LXXIV, 556 plan, 649 plan [Old house]. CXX, 430, 1956. CLIX, 1451 [Stained glass] 1562 [Stained glass], 1976.

  • Title: English Country Houses: Mid Georgian, 1760-1800
    Author: Hussey, Christopher
    Year Published: 1956
    Reference: pg. 16
    Publisher: London: Country Life Limited
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Pleasures of Antiquity: British Collectors of Greece and Rome, The
    Author: Scott, Jonathan
    Year Published: 2003
    Reference: pg. 106
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300098545
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage, 1990
    Author: Kidd, Charles; Williamson, David (Editors)
    Year Published: 1990
    Reference: pg. P 1227
    Publisher: London: Debrett's Peerage Limited (New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc.)
    ISBN: 0312046405
    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

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Birthday Girl" (2001 - estate countryside shown as John and Nadia drive through when Yuri and Alexei disappear). "The Crown" (2017 - TV series, as the exterior of Whaddon Hall in the episode "Vergangenheit").
  • Current Seat / Home of: John Duncan Grimston, 7th Earl of Verulam; Grimston family here since the 1770s.

    Past Seat / Home of: James Bucknall Grimston, 3rd Viscount Grimston, 1778-1808; James Walter Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam and 4th Viscount Grimston, 1808-45; James Walter Grimston, 2nd Earl of Verulam, 1845-95; James Walter Grimston, 3rd Earl of Verulam, 1895-1924; James Walter Grimston, 4th Earl of Verulam, 1924-49; James Brabazon Grimston, 5th Earl of Verulam, 1949-60; John Grimston, 6th Earl of Verulam, 1960-73.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01727-854-051

    Fax: 01727-843-675

    Email: enquiries@gorhamburyestate.co.uk

    Website: http://www.gorhamburyestate.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: Yes