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Hamstead Marshall

  • Earlier Houses: Castle mounds in the park may indicate evidence of a much earlier dwelling.

    Built / Designed For: 1st Earl of Craven

    House & Family History: Hamstead Marshall Manor House was built for the 1st Earl of Craven and was supposedly modeled on Heidelberg Castle to please Elizabeth of Bohemia (the Winter Queen, sister of Charles I), with whom Lord Craven was in love. The three-story House was 11 by 11 bays, with dormers, a hipped roof, and three belvedere cupolas. Hamstead Marshall burned in 1718; all that remains today are gatepiers and the Orangery. The Hamstead Marshall Estate of 1,336 acres was sold after the death of 7th Earl of Craven in 1984 (the Earl was 26 years old at the time of his death).

    House Replaced By: Post 1984 a modern house was built in the walled garden.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Orangery is extant and listed Grade II*. The Gatepiers are Grade I. There are three large mounds in the park that may be castle mounds, rather than barrows. Since the 1984 sale, a modern house has been built in the walled garden.

  • Architect: Balthazar Gerbier

    Date: Circa 1660
    Designed: Original design for House for 1st Earl of Craven

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    Architect: William Winde (Wynne)

    Date: Post 1660
    Designed: After death of Gerbier, Winde took over, designing for his godfather, the 1st Earl of Craven.

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  • Country Life: XXXIII, 454, 1913.

  • Title: Buildings of England: Berkshire, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1966
    Reference: pg. 152
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Belton House Guidebook - 1992
    Author: Tinniswood, Adrian
    Year Published: 1992
    Reference: pg. 8
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: 0707801133
    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

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Destroyed

  • Past Seat of: William Craven, 1st Earl of Craven, 17th century; Craven family here 1626 until 1984.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No