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Hartham Park (Hartham House)

  • Earlier Houses: The Hartham Estate first appears in the "Domesday Book," indicating there was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Lady Anne James

    House & Family History: During World War II Hartham Park served as dormitories for the Women's Auxiliary Air Force from the Royal Air Force's No. 10 Group. In 2023 the house, together with 50 acres, was listed for sale for £8 million.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: In 1904 the 1st Lord Islington had a stické court built at Hartham. The game, which was developed in the late 19th century, is an indoor racquet sport that merged real tennis, racquets, and lawn tennis. Of the estimated 50 stické courts that once existed throughout the British Empire, only three are known to survive today: Hartham Park, Knightshayes Court (Devon), and Rashtrapati Niwas, a former residence of the British viceroy in Shimla, India.

  • Architect: Harold Ainsworth Peto

    Date: Early 20th century
    Designed: Landscaping, including Dutch Warden Garden, for Lord Islington.

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    Architect: Philip Charles Hardwick

    Date: 1862
    Designed: Chapel

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    Architect: John MacVicar Anderson

    Date: 1888
    Designed: Additions to House

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    Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: 1790
    Designed: House for Lady Anne James

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  • 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. I, p. 61, 1852.

  • Title: Buildings of England: Wiltshire, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget
    Year Published: 1999
    Reference: pg. 265
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710264
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Lady Anne James, 1790s (née Goddard; Goddard family here from the 15th century until 1816). Michael Joy, 1816-30. Thomas Henry Allen Poynder, mid-19th century; William Henry Poynder, 19th century; John Poynder Dickson-Poynder, 1st Baron Islington, until 1921.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Mixed Use

    Ownership Details: Owned by Hartham Park plc. and used for seminars, meetings, and as shared office space.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01249-700-000

    Fax: 01249-700-001

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.harthampark.com/

    Historic Houses Member: No