DiCamillo Companion

Holme Lacy House

  • Earlier Houses: There was probably an earlier house on the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: Holme, or hamme, is the Saxon word for a house, farm, or village. The name of Lacy came from Walter de Lacy, a powerful Norman knight who arrived soon after the Conquest and who owned enormous lands in Herefordshire. The design of Holme Lacy was influenced by Clarendon House, built between 1664 and 1667 to the designs of Sir Roger Pratt for the lord chancellor, Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. (Clarendon House was a palace situated at the top of St. James's Street in the Piccadilly section of London; yet for all its grandeur, it had a short life, being demolished in 1684, one year after Lord Clarendon's death.)

    Collections: A chandelier made for James, 3rd Viscount Scudmore, for the state apartments at Holme Lacy is today in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. After leaving Holme Lacy, the chandelier was installed in Beningbrough Hall (from 1910 until 1958).

  • Architect: William Atkinson

    Date: 1828-32
    Designed: Alterations to House, including north entrance front.

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    Architect: Hugh May

    Date: 1674
    Designed: House for 1st Viscount Scudamore

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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: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 38, 1854.

    Country Life: XXV, 906, 1909.

  • Title: Belton House Guidebook - 1992
    Author: Tinniswood, Adrian
    Year Published: 1992
    Reference: pgs. 10, 11
    Publisher: London: The National Trust
    ISBN: 0707801133
    Book Type: Softback

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

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Walter de Lacy, 11th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: James Scudamore, 3rd Viscount Scudamore, 18th century; Edwyn Scudamore-Stanhope, 10th Earl of Chesterfield, 19th century. Sir Robert Lucas-Tooth, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Hotel

    Ownership Details: Today Holme Lacy House Hotel

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01432-870-870

    Fax: 01432-870-892

    Website: https://www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No