DiCamillo Companion

Revesby Abbey

  • 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 (the first house). Circa 1700 a new house (the second 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 (third) 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.

  • Architect: William Burn

    Date: 1844
    Designed: House for James Banks Stanhope

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  • 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
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    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
    ISBN: 0719555671
    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 (THIRD) 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

    Email: [email protected]

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

    Historic Houses Member: No


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