DiCamillo Companion

Sarsden House

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house on the site burned and was replaced by the current house.

    Built / Designed For: William Walter

    House & Family History: The Wren-style house was rebuilt circa 1679-89 for William Walter after a fire. A service wing was added late 18th-early 19th century. In 1994 Sarsden was sold for £8 million by an antiques dealer to Shaun Woodward and his wife Camilla, supermarket heiress and daughter of Sir Tim Sainsbury. In May 2005, after extensive restoration, the House and 459 acres were put up for sale for £25 million. At the time Shaun Woodward was Labour MP for St. Helens South and under-secretary of state for Northern Ireland, and later broadcasting minister. In February of 2006 Sarsden House was sold to Midlands-based property developer Tony Gallagher for £24 million. Gallagher is worth £350 million and is ranked 150th in "The Mail on Sunday" Rich Report.

  • Architect: George Stanley Repton

    Date: 1823-25
    Designed: Added entrance front, 4-columned balustraded portico, and west front balustraded loggia and conservatory.

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    Architect: Humphry Repton

    Date: Circa 1796
    Designed: Park and some internal remodeling of the House: filled in central open well, created the octagonal central rotunda with ionic columns.

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  • Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Tony Gallagher

    Past Seat / Home of: William Walter, 17th century. John Langston, 18th century; James Haughton Langston, 19th century. Robert Trotter Hermon-Hodge, 1st Baron Wyfold, early 20th century. Shaun Woodward and Camilla Sainsbury, 1994-2006.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No