DiCamillo Companion

Maer Hall

  • Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: Between 1804 and 1843 Maer Hall was the seat of Josiah Wedgwood the Younger, son of Josiah Wedgwood the Elder, who founded the famous pottery that bears his name in 1759. Wedgwood the Elder’s daughter, Susannah, was the mother of the great naturalist Charles Darwin, who was a frequent visitor to Maer Hall, where he reputedly made some of his early geological and botanical studies. And it was at Maer that Darwin proposed to his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood, daughter of Wedgwood the Younger. On January 29, 1839, Charles and Emma were married at St. Peter’s, the parish church that overlooks the house.

  • Architect: John Pepper

    Date: 1802-03
    Designed: Alterations for Josiah Wedgwood the Younger

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    Architect: John Webb

    Date: Circa 1805
    Designed: Laid out park for Josiah Wedgwood the Younger

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    Architect: James Francis Doyle

    Date: Mid-19th century
    Designed: New stables and alterations and additions to house (demolished) for William Davenport

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 799
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: William de Mere, 13th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Josiah Wedgwood the Younger, 1802-43. William Davenport, 1843-69. Frederic James Harrison, 1892-1915; Harrison family here until circa 1960.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No