DiCamillo Companion

Kingston Maurward House

  • Built / Designed For: George Pitt

    House & Family History: Kingston Maurward House was built for George Pitt (1663-1735) of Stratfield Saye House (later the home of the dukes of Wellington). Pitt was a cousin of the famous William Pitt the Elder and purchased the Kingston Maurward Estate with the money of his second wife, Lora, daughter of Audley Grey. Thomas Hardy lived nearby and referred to Kingston Maurward House as Knapwater House in his 1871 novel "Desperate Remedies."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The 35-acre garden dates from the 18th century and contains the National Collections of Penstemons and Salvias.

  • Architect: Thomas Archer

    Designed: House
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    Architect: John James

    Designed: May have been executant architect for Archer's designs
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  • Title: Country Houses of Gloucestershire: Volume Two, 1660-1830, The
    Author: Kingsley, Nicholas
    Year Published: 1992
    Reference: pgs. 64, 65
    Publisher: Sussex: Phillimore & Co. Ltd.
    ISBN: 0850338069
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: George Pitt, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Government

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Mixed Use

    Ownership Details: The park and house are owned by Dorset County Council. Part of the house is used by Kingston Maurward College. Rooms of the House can be let for functions.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01305-215-000

    Fax: 01305-215-001

    Email: administration@kmc.ac.uk

    Website: https://www.kmc.ac.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No