The Entrance Facade
The Garden Facade
The Garden with Wolfe's Urn
Earlier Houses: Among the earlier houses that stood on the site was a timbered hall house that was demolished in 1686 to make way for the current house.
Built / Designed For: Sir Nicholas Crisp
House & Family History: The "Domesday Book" states the the Manor of Westerham was owned by earl Eustace de Boulogne, which was granted to him by William the Conqueror. The de Squerie family lived on the estate from the 13th century until 1463 and probably took their name from the place. A London merchant by the name of Sir Nicholas Crisp bought the estate in 1680 and pulled down the existing house and built the house that stands today. Sir Nicholas died in 1698; Squerryes was purchased soon thereafter (1700) by Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey. The 1st Earl was lord chamberlain and master of the horse to William III and the king honored him with a visit to Squerryes. The Estate remained in the possesion of the 1st Earl of Jersey until 1731, when it was purchased by John Warde. John Warde's father, also named John, was lord mayor of London and one of the first governors of the Bank of England. Another John Warde (18th century) is known as the father of foxhunting. James Wolfe grew up near the Squerryes Estate and was a friend of George Warde. Mrs. Wolfe (James's mother) left her son's letters, his commission, and other items of interest to George Warde upon her death.
Collections: Squerryes contains a collection of Italian 18th century, Dtuch 17th century, and English paintings. Seven very fine frames in the Hall were designed by William Kent.
Garden & Outbuildings: There has been a garden at Squerryes since the 14th century; the earliest existing plan is Sir Nicholas Crisp's of 1686. In 1731 when the Wardes bought Squerryes they swept away the old formal garden, expanded the lake and built the Gazebo on the hill. The famous storm of 1987 destroyed 147 trees in the garden and prompted the family the restore part of the formal garden, using the existing plan as a guide. The out kitchens, brewhouse, laundry, and other outbuildings were destroyed in the 19th century. Today's Orangery was built at the same time as the House. The Dovecote is mid-18th century, the Meat Larder is early 19th century, and the Dairy was put up in the 1880s. The Cenotaph in the garden marks the spot where James Wolfe was standing when he received his first commisssion from London.
Country Life: CXLIII, 1682, 1752. corr. CXLIV, 462, gardens. CXLIII, 1580.
Title: Country Life Cumulative Index: Volumes I to CXCIII to December 1999
Year Published: 2000
Publisher: London: IPC Magazines Limited
Book Type: Light Softback
Title: Squerryes Court Guidebook
Year Published: NA
Book Type: Light Softback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Seat of: Henry Warde; Warde family here since 1731.
Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Eustace de Boulogne (aka Eustace aux Gernons, Eustace II), 11th century. De Squerie family, 13th century until 1463. William Leech, 17th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE:Sir Nicholas Crisp, 1680-98. Edward Villiers, 1st Earl of Jersey, 17th century
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: The House and grounds are available for weddings, corporate events, and private functions.