An early 19th century engraving of the House from "Neale's Views of Seats"
House & Family History: Hunsdon House began life as the 15th century moated brick tower house of Sir William Oldhall. In the 16th century it came into crown ownership and was significantly altered and enlarged by Henry VIII between 1527 and 1534. Elizabeth I granted Hunsdon to her cousin, Sir Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon, in 1558. In the 18th century the moat was filled in and significant parts of the House were demolished. Hunsdon House contains fragmentary remains of one of the most important medieval houses in Hertfordshire.
Chapel & Church: The parish church of St. Dunstan's is almost next door to the House.
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. 68, 1854.
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: Vol. II, 1819.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Past Seat / Home of: Sir William Oldhall, 15th century. Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, 16th century. King Henry VIII, 16th century. Henry Carey, 1st Baron Hunsdon, 16th century; Carey family here until at least 17th century. Bluck family. Calvert family. Josias Nicolson, 18th century. James Wylie, 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No