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Sunninghill Park (Sunninghall Park) (Sunning Hill Park)

  • Earlier Houses: There was probably an earlier house on, or near, the site of the second house.

    House & Family History: The second Sunninghill Park, the Georgian house of the Crutchley family, served, during World War II (November 1943 until September 1944), as the headquarters of the American 9th Air Force. The Crown Estate Commissioners purchased the House from Philip Hill in 1945 for royal occupation; however, Sunninghill Park burned down on August 30, 1947, before the Crown Estate was able to begin work on modernizing the House.

    House Replaced By: In 1986 Sunninghill Park's five-acre walled garden was purchased from the Crown Estate by Queen Elizabeth as the site for a home to be built for her second son, Prince Andrew, and his new wife, Sarah Ferguson. Between 1987 and 1990 a two-story red brick house, the third Sunninghill Park, was erected for the Duke and Duchess of York, who continued to live here, even after their 1996 divorce. After the death of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002 Prince Andrew announced his intention to move into his grandmother's former home, the Royal Lodge, Windsor, which took place in 2004. In 2006 the Duchess of York moved out; in 2007 Prince Andrew sold Sunninghill to Kazakhstan businessman Timur Kulibayev for £15.6 million, at least £6 million over its asking price. Mr. Kulibayev never moved into the House and it became increasingly derelict; by July 2009 Bracknell Forest Borough Council were said to be considering seizing the property under the Housing Act 2004 and using it as a homeless shelter. In 2013 the third Sunninghill Park was demolished.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Sunninghill Park was part of Windsor Forest until 1630, when King Charles I granted the Estate to Thomas Carey.

  • Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: Circa 1770
    Designed: Alterations to second house for Jeremiah Crutchley

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    Architect: Law & Dunbar-Nasmith

    Date: 1987-90
    Designed: Third House for Duke and Duchess of York

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: SECOND HOUSE: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 140, 1855.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: SECOND HOUSE: Vol. I, 1818.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 1182
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Tatler (magazine)
    Author: NA
    Year Published: NA
    Reference: Aug 2014, pg. 100
    Publisher: London: Tatler Publishing Company Ltd.
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Magazine

    Title: England's Lost Houses From the Archives of Country Life
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 12
    Publisher: London: Aurum Press
    ISBN: 1854108204
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Destruction of the Country House, The
    Author: Strong, Roy; Binney, Marcus; Harris, John
    Year Published: 1974
    Publisher: London: Thames & Hudson Ltd.
    ISBN: 0500270052X
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat of: SEATED AT FIRST HOUSE: Thomas Carey, 17th century. Sir Thomas Draper, 17th century. SEATED AT SECOND HOUSE: Thomas Draper Baber, 18th century. Jeremiah Crutchley, 18th century; Percy Edward Crutchley, early 20th century; Crutchley family here from 1769 until 1936. Philip Hill, 1940s. SEATED AT THIRD HOUSE: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killyleagh, 1990-2004; Windsor family here from 1945 until 2006.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No