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Old Warden Park (Shuttleworth)

  • Built / Designed For: Joseph Shuttleworth

    House & Family History: Old Warden Park was built in 1872 for Joseph Shuttleworth. The three-story yellow brick house is in the Jacobean style and has a fine Staircase Hall with a glazed lantern and a Library with a gold and white ceiling and skylights.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Shuttleworth is really three attractions rolled into one based around the Victorian mansion of Shuttleworth House. First there is a remarkable collection of veteran and vintage airplanes dating to the earliest days of flight. Unlike many museums, most of Shuttleworth's planes are airworthy, and fly regularly in flying displays held between May and October. Shuttleworth also features regular displays of modern aircraft, in addition to the popular vintage machines. The second center of attraction at Shuttleworth is the collection of vintage automobiles and motorcycles, the earliest example of which is an 1898 Panhard et Levassor. The extensive collection fills seven large hangers, including a workshop where you can see vehicles being worked on, and a separate coach room for horse-drawn carriages. Shuttleworth is frequently used as a rallying point for vintage and antique vehicle clubs. Also on display are a wide variety of cars, motorcycles and other vehicles such as the Clayton and Shuttleworth steam traction engine and horsedrawn carriages, with regular flying displays. The third attraction at Shuttleworth is Swiss Garden, a 10 acre early Victorian garden centred about a tiny Swiss style cottage. Swiss Garden is a romantic exercise in gardening, with a variety of rare shrubs and trees dotting a landscape of pools, islands, and wrought-iron bridges. There are exotic structures like an Indian kiosk, mock chapel, and grotto incorporated into the garden. (This history kindly provided by Britain Express: http://www.britainexpress.com. The UK Travel and Heritage Guide).

  • Architect: Henry Clutton

    Date: 1872
    Designed: House for Joseph Shuttleworth

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  • Title: Buildings of England: Bedfordshire, Huntingdon and Peterborough, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1997
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710345
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "What the Victorians Did for Us" (2001 - BBC TV documentary, episode 1.7, "Making It Big").
  • Past Seat of: Joseph Shuttleworth, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Owned by Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth Remembrance Trust. The grounds are open to the public; the House is occupied by Shuttleworth College.

  • House Open to Public: Grounds Only

    Phone: 01767-626-200

    Fax: 01767-627-053

    Email: enquire@shuttleworth.org

    Website: http://www.shuttleworth.org

    Historic Houses Member: No