Built / Designed For: Thomas de Bittlesgate
House & Family History: Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, who was seated here in the 15th century, was the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth Woodville, a stepson of King Edward IV and a half-brother of King Edward V. In 2022 Knightstone, together with 18 acres, was listed for sale for £4.5 million.
Comments: Christopher Hussey called Knightstone "one of the most complete surviving examples of a 14th century manor house."
Garden & Outbuildings: At its largest (in the 17th century), the Kingstone Estate stood at approximately 2,000 acres.
Country Life: CVIII, 754 plan, 836, 1950.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Current Seat / Home of: Jan-Eric and Jennifer Österlund; here since 2000.
Past Seat / Home of: Thomas de Bittlesgate, 14th century; Bittlesgate family here until 1494. Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset, 1st Earl of Huntingdon and 7th Baron Ferrers of Groby, until 1501; Thomas Grey, 2nd Marquess of Dorset, 1501-30; Henry Grey, 3rd Marquess of Dorset and 1st Duke of Suffolk, 1530-54. William Sherman, 1554-1618; Gideon (Gyddion) Sherman, 1618-27. Coplestone family, 1627-circa 1790-95. Stephen Hawtrey, until 1803. The Rev. Dr. Joseph Drury, early 19th century; Drury family here until 1886. Matthew Ellis, 1886-1913. Colonel Reginald Cooper, mid-20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No