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Quidenham Hall (Quidenham Park) (Quiddenham Hall)

  • Earlier Houses: There were a number of earlier buildings on, or near, the site of the current house.

    House & Family History: In the early 20th century, when Quidenham Hall was owned by the family of his primary mistress (Alice Frederica Keppel), Edward VII was a frequent guest at the house.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: There is a local tradition that Queen Boudica is buried near Quidenham. The art historian, scholar, author, and critic Sister Wendy Beckett (born 1930) died at Quidenham on December 26, 2018. Sister Wendy, a Catholic nun, acquired international fame in the 1990s when she hosted a number of BBC TV programs on art, including "Sister Wendy's Grand Tour" and "Sister Wendy's Odyssey." Though not a member of the Carmelite order that owns Quidenham, Sister Wendy lived in solitude for decades in a small caravan (trailer) on the Quidenham Estate.

  • Architect: Charles Heathchote Tatham

    Date: Circa 1820
    Designed: Interiors for 4th Earl of Albermarle

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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: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 162, 1855.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, 1824.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 1018
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
    Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1981
    Reference: pg. 169
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Bedingfeld family, 15th century. John Holland, 16th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir Thomas Holland, 17th century; Sir John Holland, 1st Bt., until 1701; Sir John Holland, 2nd Bt., 1701-24; Holland family here until circa 1740. John Bristow, circa 1740-62. George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle, 1762-72; William Charles Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle, 1772-1849; Augustus Frederick Keppel, 5th Earl of Albemarle, 1849-51; George Thomas Keppel, 6th Earl of Albemarle, 1851-91; William Coutts Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle, 1891-94; Arnold Allan Cecil Keppel, 8th Earl of Albemarle, 1894-1942; Walter Egerton George Lucian Keppel, 9th Earl of Albemarle, 1942-48.

    Current Ownership Type: Other

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Mixed Use

    Ownership Details: Since 1948 owned by the Carmelite order of the Catholic Church, who operate the house as a retreat center and hospice for sick children.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01953-887-202

    Fax: 01953-887-642

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://quidenhamcarmel.org.uk/

    Historic Houses Member: No