The drive to the Entrance Facade
The Entrance Facade
The Garden Facade
House & Family History: Nether Winchendon was in monastic ownership until the Dissolution of the Monasteries, when it was let to a son-in-law of Sir Thomas More. It passed to the Russells, later earls of Bedford, who sold it in 1559 to a City merchant, William Goodwin, whose descendants continue to live here today. The House was a timber-framed Tudor mansion when it was inherited by Scrope Bernard in 1780. Bernard, a younger son of the last British governor of Massachusetts, extended Nether Winchendon in stone and brick, added Gothic-style windows, and the arched entrance screen, all in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style, leaving a romantic house with curlicue chimneys and a crenellated skyline. After this work was completed Bernard abandoned Nether Winchendon because his wife didn't like it. His descendants continue to live there today (the family have owned the House, Estate, and Village since the mid-16th century). Nether Winchendon is noted for its fine 16th century frieze, ceiling, and original linenfold paneling.
Collections: One of the treasures of Nether Winchendon is a tapestry depicting Henry VIII, the only contemporary depiction of the king in this medium. It is believed to have been commissioned to celebrate Russell's creation as a knight of the Garter in 1539.
Garden & Outbuildings: The House sits in a 600-acre park.
Country Life: CXXVII, 924 plan, 986, 1062, 1960.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Seat of: Robert Spencer-Bernard
Past Seat of: Russell family. Goodwin family. Scrope Bernard, 18th century. Beresford family. Spencer family.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home