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Shotover Park (Shotover House) (Shotover Lodge)

  • Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house. Elizabeth I visited one of these earlier houses during her 1566 visit to Oxford.

    Built / Designed For: Begun for James Tyrrell of Oakley and completed by his son, General James Tyrell.

    House & Family History: The painter John Everett Millais was a friend of George Drury of Shotover Park. Drury was one of the artist's patrons and it was during a stay at Shotover in 1849 that Millais painted "Ferdinand Lured by Ariel," today in The Makins Collection. In the late 20th century, when Shotover was owned by the Miller family, the royal family were frequent visitors.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: During World War II there was a prisoner-of-war camp in the grounds.

  • Architect: William Townesend

    Date: 1724-25
    Designed: Built Octagonal garden building to William Kent's design for Lieutenant-General James Tyrrell
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: William Kent

    Date: 1724-25
    Designed: Octagonal garden building and obelisk for Lieutenant-General James Tyrrell

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pgs. 616, 1051
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Great British Paintings from American Collections: Holbein to Hockney
    Author: Warner, Malcolm; Asleson, Robyn
    Year Published: 2001
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale Center for British Art
    ISBN: 0300092229
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade I

  • "Midsomer Murders" (2017 - TV series, as the house where the Jane Austen weekend takes place in the episode "Death by Persuasion").
  • Current Seat / Home of: Stanier family

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Timothy Tyrrell, 17th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: James Tyrrell, 1715-18; Lieutenant-General James Tyrrell, 1718-42. Baron Augustus Schütz, 18th century; George Frederick Schutz, 18th century; Thomas James Schutz, early 19th century. Richard Vere Drury, 19th century; George Vandeput Drury, until 1849. George Gammie, 1850-71. Colonel James Miller, 19th century; Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Miller, 20th century; Alfred Douglas Miller, until 1933; Miller family here from 1871 until 2006.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: Owned by the Shotover Trust.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No