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Holland House (Cope Castle)

  • Built / Designed For: Sir Walter Cope and originally known as Cope Castle

    House & Family History: During the 18th and early 19th centuries Holland House was one of the great centers of Whig society. The House is probably most famous today because of a famous World War II photograph that shows men calmly browsing the shleves of the roofless Library amid rubble, the result of the House having been firebombed the night before (October 22, 1940).

    Collections: Some of the contents from Holland House are today in the collection of Melbury House, Dorset.

  • Architect: John Thorpe

    Designed: Part of House, including wing that contained the Library (demolished)

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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. 67, 1852.

    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: 2.S. Vol. IV, 1828.

    Country Life: I, 632, 1897. XIII, 272, 1903. XVII, 870, 1905.

  • Title: Bombed Buildings of Britain: A Record of Architectural Casualties: 1940-41, The
    Author: Richards, J.M. (Editor); Summerson, John (Notes)
    Year Published: 1943
    Reference: pg. 64
    Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Georgian: The Magazine of the Georgian Group, The
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Jan 2002, pg. 1
    Publisher: London: The Georgian Group
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Sir Walter Cope, 16th-17th centuries. Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland, 17th century. Walter Angelo Fox-Strangways, 8th Earl of Ilchester, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Other

    Ownership Details: The remaining wing is today a youth hostel. The grounds, including gardens, are owned by the local council and open to the public.

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access

    Historic Houses Member: No