DiCamillo Companion

Shadwell Park (Shadwell Court)

  • Built / Designed For: Buxton family

    House & Family History: John Buxton, who was an amateur architect, designed the House for himself circa 1720. Edward Blore doubled the size of Shadwell to the south for Buxton's family; the North Facade, including the tower, was added between 1840 and 1843. S.S. Teulon extended the House to the north between 1857 and 1860. The main (East) Facade has bold Jacobean and Gothic features, while the interiors are equally impressive: there are 52 rooms in total, including a cruciform central hall, which spans the width of the building. In the early 20th century Shadwell was the seat of John Musker, co-founder of Home & Colonial Stores; since the death in 1994 of his grandson, the House has been empty and abandoned and has deteriorated significantly, with major outbreaks of dry rot and many roof leaks. The Estate was purchased by Shadwell Estate Company, which may have connections with Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid al-Maktum.

    Collections: The contents of Shadwell Park were auctioned by Sotheby's on October 21 and 22, 1992.

    Comments: SAVE Britain's Heritage on Shadwell: "This glorious mansion is one of the most important buildings in Norfolk."

  • Architect: John Soane

    Date: 1790s
    Designed: Altered and extended House

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    Architect: John Buxton

    Date: Circa 1720
    Designed: House for himself

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    Architect: Edward Blore

    Date: Circa 1840-43
    Designed: Doubled size of House to the south

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    Architect: Samuel Sanders Teulon

    Date: 1857-60
    Designed: Extended House to the north

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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

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    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. 183
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Buxton family. Sir John Musker, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unoccupied

    Ownership Details: Owned by Shadwell Estate Co.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No