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England

Parham House (Parham Park)

  • Built / Designed For: Palmer family

    House & Family History: Parham was originally a grange of Westminster Abbey. The large fireplaces with four centered arches are probably part of the original kitchens of the Abbey. In 1577 the cornerstone of a new house was laid by Thomas Palmer, then two years old. In 1922 The Hon. Clive Pearson, younger son of Viscount Cowdray, purchased Parham from the 13th Lady Zouche. Pearson and his wife worked diligently to restore the House and opened Parham to visitors in 1948. During World War II the House sheltered evacuee children and Canadian soldiers.

    Collections: A life-size equestrian of Prince Henry, circa 1611, by Robert Peake the Elder is in the collection. Parham is also home to the finest collection of 17th century embroidery in the United Kingdom.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: There is a fine four-acre walled garden, a lake, a turf maze, and 875 acres of working agricultural and forestry land. Around the House is a 300-acre ancient deer park, whose fallow deer are the descendants of the original herd, first recorded here in 1628. Parham was the winner of the HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award, 1990. The Stable Block of 1778 was done up in the Tudor style in the 1830s, possibly by Anthony Salvin. There are also 18th century Lodges at the entrances to the Park.

    Chapel & Church: The Church of St. Peter (circa 1540s) was completely remodeled circa 1820.

  • Architect: Willey Reveley

    Date: 1789
    Designed: Lodges for Sir Cecil Bisshopp, Bt.

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    Architect: Anthony Salvin

    Date: 1830s
    Designed: Redid 1778 Stable Block in Tudor style
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 805-806
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
    Year Published: 1973
    Reference: pgs. 290-292
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710280
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney
    Author: Warner, Malcolm; Asleson, Robyn
    Year Published: 2001
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale Center for British Art
    ISBN: 0300092229
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Elizabeth R" (1971 - TV mini series). "Haunted" (1995). "The Prince and the Pauper" (1996 - BBC TV mini series).
  • Seat of: Lady Emma Barnard

    Past Seat of: Thomas Palmer, 16th century. Sir Cecil Bisshopp, 6th Bt., 18th century. Lady Zouche, 20th century. Clive Pearson, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Owned by Parham Park Trust.

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01903-742-021

    Fax: 01903-746-557

    Email: enquiries@parhaminsussex.co.uk

    Website: http://www.parhaminsussex.co.uk

    Awards: Christie's/HHA Garden of the Year Award 1990.

    Historic Houses Member: Yes