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Milton Hall (Milton Park) (Milton Abbey)

  • Earlier Houses: During World War II the stableblock was occupied by the Czechoslovakian army. Later in the war the British Special Operations Executive trained in the grounds and woods prior to being dropped by parachute behind enemy lines in France in the days leading up to the Normandy landings.

    House & Family History: Milton Park is the largest private house in Cambridgeshire. The house was used as the inspiration for the interiors of Manderley in Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel, "Rebecca" (Menabilly, Cornwall, was also an inspiration for Manderley). Du Maurier stayed at Milton Park in 1917, when she was 10, during the time that the house was used as a military hospital during the Great War. During World War II the house was occupied by the Czechoslovakian army.

    Collections: Milton today houses many pieces of furniture removed from Wentworth Woodhouse, another Fitzwilliam seat.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Milton has fine gardens and pleasure grounds, including 19th century flower gardens (sited on site of 17th century formal gardens). Humphry Repton landscaped the pleasure grounds in 1791 for the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam.

  • Architect: Humphry Repton

    Date: 1791
    Designed: Pleasure grounds and Park for 4th Earl Fitzwilliam

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    Architect: Unknown (designed by an unknown architect)

    Date: Elizabethan
    Designed: North Façade

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    Architect: John Talman

    Date: 17th century
    Designed: East Range

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    Architect: William Oldham Chambers

    Date: Georgian
    Designed: South Façade

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  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. III, 1820.

    Country Life: XXXII, 638, 1912. CXXIX, 1148, 1210 plan, 1270, 1961.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II*

  • Current Seat / Home of: Sir Philip Vyvyan Naylor-Leyland, 4th Bt.

    Past Seat / Home of: Sir William FitzWilliam, 16th century; William Fitzwilliam, 1st Baron Fitzwilliam, 17th century; William Fitzwilliam, 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam, 18th century; The Hon. George Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 19th century; William Thomas George Wentworth-Fitzwilliam, 10th Earl Fitzwilliam, 20th century; Fitzwilliam family here from 1502 until 1979.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No


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