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Gunton Park (Gunton Hall)

  • House & Family History: Matthew Brettingham designed Gunton Park circa 1742. Samuel and William Wyatt together designed the eight-bay colonnade of Tuscan columns on the South Façade, both of the conservatories, the west bow, and the East Façade, all for the 1st Baron Suffield, and all completed by 1781. Robert Adam was engaged to enlarge the House, 1767-68; in the end, only his design for the Church was carried out. The Gunton Estate was dismantled in 1980 and sold off piecemeal; at the same time, Kit Martin purchased and restored the House, converting it into 20 condos.

    Collections: The contents of Gunton were sold in Norfolk September 16, 17, 25, and 26, 1980. Included in the 1980 sale was a group portrait of Edward Vernon, 4th Baron Suffield, and his family by Ramsay Richard Reinagle, which entered the collection of Eagle Star Insurance at 22 Arlington Street, London (aka William Kent House). On May 11, 2005 Christie's sold the Reinagle (as part of the sale of the entire contents of 22 Arlington Street) for £288,000, against an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

  • Chapel & Church: Robert Adam designed the Church, which was built in the 1780s.

  • Architect: Matthew Brettingham the Elder

    Date: 1742
    Designed: House for Sir William Harbord

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    Architect: Robert Adam

    Date: 1767-68
    Designed: Church

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    Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: 1775
    Designed: Enlarged House and designed offices for Harbord Harbord, later Lord Suffield.

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    Architect: Humphry Repton

    Designed: Humphry, John Adey Repton together designed lodges.

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    Architect: Samuel Wyatt

    Date: Completed 1781
    Designed: Samuel and William Wyatt together added 8-bay Front

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  • 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. III, 1820.

  • Title: 22 Arlington Street: A William Kent House Auction Catalog
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2005
    Reference: pg. 60
    Publisher: London: Christie's
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Creating Paradise: The Building of the English Country House, 1660-1880
    Author: Wilson, Richard; Mackley, Alan
    Year Published: 2000
    Reference: pg. 35
    Publisher: London: Hambledon and London
    ISBN: 1852852526
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 1114
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
    Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1981
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II*

  • Past Seat / Home of: Harbord Harbord, later 1st Baron Suffield, 18th century; Edward Vernon, 4th Baron Suffield, 19th century. The Hon. Doris Harbord, until 1980.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

  • House Open to Public: No

    Awards: Country Life Genius of the Place Award 2007

    Historic Houses Member: No