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England

Midford Castle

  • Built / Designed For: Henry Disney Roebuck

    House & Family History: Midford Castle is a small, three-story house on a trefoil plan (the local tradition is that Henry Roebuck had the House built to resemble the ace of clubs to celebrate a great win in gambling). Midford is a house of great style and has quatrefoil and ogee-headed windows and is castellated. The House is noted for its staircase handrail with mahogany Corinthian columns for newel posts. Midford is a stylistic cousin of the 1790s Braziers Park in Oxfordshire (it's possible that Midford may have influenced the design of Braziers). In 2007 actor Nicholas Cage purchased Midford; he sold it in 2009.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Park is a perfect example of the Picturesque Movement. The grounds contain the castellated early 19th century Gatehouse, the Stables, a Conservatory, and a Hermit's cell. The Priory (a summer house) features a nave with an apse and a two-storied circular tower.

    Chapel & Church: There is today extant a half-ruined Chapel, complete with pinnacles and a tower.

  • Architect: John Carter

    Date: 1775
    Designed: House for Henry Disney Roebuck

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  • Country Life: XCV, 376, 420, 1944.

  • Title: Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1958
    Reference: pgs. 227-228
    Publisher: London: Penguine Books
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Historic Houses (magazine)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Spring 1999, pg. 52
    Publisher: London: Historic Houses Association
    ISBN: 0260-8707
    Book Type: Magazine

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Henry Disney Roebuck, 1775-1810. Conolly family, 1810-1901. Henry Whately, mid-20th century. Isabel Colegate and Michael Briggs, 1961-2007. Nicolas Cage, 2007-09.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No