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Kelvedon Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Sir John Wright

    House & Family History: Kelvedon's Dining Room and Drawing Room were redecorated in the Adam style circa 1775. The House was purchased in the 20th century by Sir Henry Channon and his wife, Lady Honor Guinness, eldest daughter of the 2nd Earl of Iveagh. Sir Henry, nicknamed "Chips," was a wealthy Anglo-American Conservative politician and social and political climber. In July 1939 Channon met the landscape designer Peter Daniel Coats, with whom he began an affair that led to the dissolution of Channon's marriage in 1945. His famous diaries (only partly published, and then in expurgated form) are known for their sharp wit and spiteful comments. Channon's biographer in the "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography" notes that Elliot Templeton in W. Somerset Maugham's novel "The Razor's Edge" (1944) and the disappointed schoolmaster Crocker-Harris in Terence Rattigan's play "The Browning Version" (1948) were partly inspired by Channon. Chips's only child, Paul Channon, a past minister for the arts, currently owns Kelvedon.

  • Architect: John Tasker

    Date: Circa 1780
    Designed: Roman Catholic Chapel
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: Gerald Wellesley (Wellington)

    Date: 1937-38
    Designed: Designed Lodge and restored House

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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: Vol. II, p. 85, 1853.

    Country Life: LXXXIX, 386, 408, 1941.

  • Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
    Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1981
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Paul Channon

    Past Seat / Home of: Sir John Wright, 16th century; Wright family here until 1822. Sir Henry "Chips" Channon, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No