The House from "Morris's Views of Seats," circa 1875.
The 1911 royal warrant issued to Dobbie and Company by the Board of Green Cloth, signed the 10th Earl of Chesterfield.
Vermeil casters from the 4th Earl of Chesterfield's ambassadorial service, today in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A 1940s American Chesterfield tin cigarette case. The Chesterfield name was used on more branded products in America than any other British aristocratic title.
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).
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
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
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
Historic Houses Member: No