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Oatlands House (Oatlands Palace)

  • Earlier Houses: Oatlands Palace, a Tudor royal residence (the first house), burned in 1794 and was replaced by Oatlands House (the second house). Henry VIII married Catherine Howard in the palace on July 28, 1540.

    House & Family History: In 1856 Oatlands House became the South Western Hotel (today Oatlands Park Hotel). During World War I, the hotel was used as a hospital for New Zealand troops injured in France. An oak fireplace and overmantel, reputedly from Oatlands, was purchased by William Randolph Hearst; in 1953 William Burrell (1861-1958) acquired the fireplace from the Hearst Collection and added it to his collection, today the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.

    Collections: One of the most celebrated 18th century pieces of the goldsmith's work, The Pelham Cup (see "Images" section), was once in the collection at Oatlands. This famous cup, commissioned by James Pelham as a gift for his employer, Frederick, Prince of Wales, later came into the ownership of the 9th Earl of Lincoln, who had his arms engraved on the cup.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: In 1846 the Oatlands Estate was broken up into lots for building development and sold at three public auctions.

  • Architect: Henry Holland

    Date: 1794-1800
    Designed: Built second house in the Gothick style for Frederick, Duke of York.

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    Architect: Richard Boyle (Burlington)

    Date: Circa 1725
    Designed: Garden building for 7th Earl of Lincoln
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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  • Vitruvius Britannicus: C. IVth, pls. 67, 68, 1739.

    Country Life: CIII, 924 [Grotto], 1948.

  • Title: Burrell Collection, The
    Author: Norwich, John Julius (Introduction)
    Year Published: 2001
    Reference: pg. 134
    Publisher: London: HarperCollins Publishers
    ISBN: 0902752553
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Architect King: George III and the Culture of the Enlightenment, The
    Author: Watkin, David
    Year Published: 2004
    Reference: pg. 198
    Publisher: London: Royal Collection Publications
    ISBN: 0902163508
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT FIRST HOUSE (THE PALACE): Anne of Cleves, 16th century. Catherine Parr, 16th century. Mary I, 1553-58. Elizabeth I, 1558-1603. James I, 1603-25. Charles I, 1625-45. William Boteler, circa 1645-50. Sir Edward Herbert, circa 1670s. Admiral Arthur Herbert, 1st Earl of Torrington, until 1716. Henry Fiennes Pelham-Clinton, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyme and 9th Earl of Lincoln, 18th century. SEATED AT SECOND HOUSE: HRH Frederick, Duke of York, late 18th-early 19th centuries. Edward Hughes Ball Hughes, 1830s. Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, 19th century (let from Edward Hughes). James Watts Peppercorne, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Hotel

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01932-847-242

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.oatlandsparkhotel.com/

    Historic Houses Member: No


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