Earlier Houses: Revesby Abbey was a Cistercian monastery that was dissolved in the 1530s as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries. After the dissolution it's likely that monastic buildings were converted into a private home. Circa 1700 a new house was built for Craven Howard on the site of the abbey buildings; this house was itself replaced in the 19th century by the current house. In the second half of the 18th century the circa 1700 house was the home of Sir Joseph Banks, often called "the father of modern science," who sailed with Captain Cook in the "Endeavour."
Built / Designed For: James Banks Stanhope
House & Family History: During World War II Revesby Abbey was occupied by an airborne unit, as well as by the Somerset Light Infantry, who left the house in bad condition at the end of the war. The current owners, who live in the stableblock, are restoring the house, though it still remains on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 2008
Reference: pg. 192
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardback
Title: No Voice From the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper
Author: Harris, John
Year Published: 1998
Publisher: London: John Murray
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, 16th century. John Carsley, 16th century. William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, 16th century; William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Exeter, 17th century. Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Berkshire, 17th century; Craven Howard, early 18th century; Henry Howard, 11th Earl of Suffolk, 18th century. Sir Joseph Banks, 18th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: James Banks Stanhope, 19th century. Anne Lee, 20th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Unoccupied
House Open to Public: By Appointment - Limited Opening Times
Historic Houses Member: No