DiCamillo Companion

Pudleston Court

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house on the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Elias Chadwick

    House & Family History: Mr. Chadwick was a generous supporter of local communities who was particularly known for his numerous acts of munificence toward the poor. In 1865 he was accused of “committing an unnatural offence of the gravest description" with Henry Merton. Though the case was dismissed for a lack of evidence, in 1868 Paris Francis White was charged at Leominster Magistrates Court with an attempt to blackmail Chadwick by exposing details of his personal life. Though the details behind these events aren't clear, it seems likely that Chadwick was, at the very least, bisexual. Pudleston Court was listed for sale for £5 million in 2011, after the passing of its owner, the Dutch supermarket entrepreneur Dr. Albert Heijn Jr. In 2023 George Sideras, who purchased Pudleston after the death of Dr. Heijn, put the house and 49 acres up for sale for £7.5 million.

  • Architect: J. T. Brearley

    Date: 1846-47
    Designed: House for Elias Chadwick

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 144, 1852.

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: The Rev. John Wood Duppa, 1825-40. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Elias Chadwick, 1847-75. Albert Heijn Jr., 1989-2010. George Sideras, 2011-23.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No