DiCamillo Companion
England

Ightham Mote (Ightham Court)

  • House & Family History: Ightham probably dates to around 1340. When Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson died in 1951, his grandson auctioned the contents and sold the House to a group of local citizens who hoped to save and preserve it; unfortunately, the cost was beyond them and Ightham was again sold in 1953. This time it was purchased by Charles Henry Robinson of Portland, Maine. Mr. Robinson fell in love with Ightham Mote when he saw a picture of it in an art dealer's shop in London; years later he was able to acquire the House and restore and furnish it with 17th century English furniture. Mr. Robinson bequeathed Ightham Mote to the National Trust on his death in 1985.

    Comments: Ightham Mote is considered one of the loveliest and most interesting surviving Tudor manor houses in Britain.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The site is moated.

    Chapel & Church: The Tudor Chapel is extant.

  • Architect: Norman Shaw

    Date: 1872
    Designed: Outer Hall for Selby family

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  • Country Life: I, 406, 1897. XXI, 414, 1907.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat of: Cawne family, 1360-99. Haut family, 1444-1521. Clement family, 1521-44. Allen family, 1544-91. Selby family, 1591-1889. Sir Thomas Colyer-Fergusson; 19th century; Fergusson family here until 1951. Charles Henry Robinson, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01732-810-378

    Fax: 01732-811-029

    Email: ighthammote@nationaltrust.org.uk

    Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No