The house from a circa 1913 postcard
Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house of the Mortimer family near the current house, the ruins of which (near St. Bartholomew’s Church) can be seen today. The infamous Roger Mortimer (1287-1330), lover of Queen Isabella (wife of Edward II), probably owned this earlier Homme House. In 1326 Roger and Isabella led a rebellion and invasion of England in which they succeeded in deposing Edward II (Mortimer may have also arranged for the king's murder at Berkeley Castle in 1327). Afterward Roger was the de facto ruler of England until he was overthrown by Edward's eldest son, Edward III. Mortimer was executed by hanging at Tyburn in 1330.
House & Family History: During World War II Homme House was used as a hospital.
Garden & Outbuildings: The house is set in 100 acres of parkland. In the two-acre walled garden is the Grade I-listed late 17th-early 18th century summerhouse, a very early example of a Gothick style garden building,
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. 216, 1854.
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade II
Current Seat / Home of: Charlie and Sarah Finnigan
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Mortimer family, 14th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Thomas Kyrle, 16th century; Sir John Kyrle, 1st Bt., until 1650; Sir John Kyrle, 2nd Bt., 1650-80. Jocelyn and John Finnigan, 2001-09.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: The house can be booked for weddings
House Open to Public: By Appointment
Historic Houses Member: Yes