An aerial view of the Estate after Kip from the 1919 publication "The English Home"
The North Piers from a 1663 drawing by Wynne from the 1919 publication "The English Home"
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.
Country Life: XXXIII, 454, 1913.
Title: Buildings of England: Berkshire, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
Year Published: 1966
Reference: pg. 152
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Belton House Guidebook - 1992
Author: Tinniswood, Adrian
Year Published: 1992
Reference: pg. 8
Publisher: London: The National Trust
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)
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