An engraved print of the House from "Source of the Thames," 1817.
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.
Garden & Outbuildings: In 1846 the Oatlands Estate was broken up into lots for building development and sold at three public auctions.
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
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
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
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