DiCamillo Companion

Grimsthorpe Castle

  • 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.

  • Architect: Henry Garling

    Date: 1811
    Designed: Assisted Samuel Page on alterations for 2nd Baron Gwydyr

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    Architect: Samuel Page

    Date: 1811
    Designed: Alterations for 2nd Baron Gwydyr

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    Architect: Frederick Catherwood

    Date: 1831
    Designed: Alterations

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    Architect: Detmar Jellings Blow

    Date: Circa 1900
    Designed: Alterations

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    Architect: John Vanbrugh

    Date: 1722-26 & 1729-30
    Designed: Rebuilt North Façade for 1st Duke of Ancaster (1722-26); forecourt completed (1729-30)

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  • 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
    ISBN: 0952794500
    Book Type: Light Softback

    Title: Country Life Cumulative Index: Volumes I to CXCIII to December 1999
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2000
    Publisher: London: IPC Magazines Limited
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Light Softback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pgs. 410, 765, 1073, 1139
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Middlemarch" (1994 - BBC TV mini series). "The Buccaneers" (1995 - TV mini series, as the interiors of Allfriars). "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders" (1996 - TV mini series).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Nancy Jane Marie Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby.

    Past Seat / Home 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.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01778-591-205

    Fax: 01778-591-259

    Email: ray@grimsthorpe.co.uk

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

    Historic Houses Member: Yes