The Entrance Facade from an 1836 engraving
The North Front
The South Front
King John's Tower
Collections: Two chairs from Grimsthorpe, designed for the Duke of Ancaster, are today in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. A life-size portrait of James I, after Van Somer, today hangs in the King James Room at the House. The Tapestry Drawing Room at Grimsthorpe is hung with yellow Soho tapestries woven by Joshua Morris, circa 1730, for Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Lord Mayor of London, for the State Bedroom at his country house, Normanton Park in Rutland. The tapestries came to Grimsthorpe, with much furniture and pictures, after the demolition of Normanton, another of the family's seats, in 1924.
Comments: Grimsthorpe is considered to be among Vanbrugh's most important last works.
Garden & Outbuildings: The grounds contain 3,000 acres of landscaped park within an estate of 13,000 acres, encompassing 200 houses and 20 farms.
Vitruvius Britannicus: C. III, pls. 11-14, 1725.
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. II, p. 57, 1853.
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: CIV, 272, corr. 351. LV, 572, 614, 650. LIX, 429.
Title: Grimsthorpe Castle Guidebook
Author: Knox, Tim
Year Published: 1996
Publisher: Lincolnshire: The Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust
Book Type: Light Softback
Title: Country Life Cumulative Index: Volumes I to CXCIII to December 1999
Year Published: 2000
Publisher: London: IPC Magazines Limited
Book Type: Light Softback
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 1995
Reference: pg. 1008
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Softback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade I
Seat of: Nancy Jane Marie Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby.
Past Seat of: Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and 1st Viscount Lisle, 16th century. Montagu Bertie, 2nd Earl of Lindsey, 17th century; Robert Bertie, 1st Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven, 18th century. Peter Burrell, 1st Baron Gwydyr, 19th century; Peter Robert Drummond-Burrell, 2nd Baron Gwydyr and 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby, 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Owned by Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust Limited.