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Sunninghill Park (Sunninghall Park) (Sunning Hill Park)

  • Earlier Houses: The Georgian house of the Crutchleys served as the headquarters of the American 9th Air Force from November 1943 to September 1944. The Crown Estate Commissioners purchased Sunninghill in 1945; however, the House burned down on August 30, 1947, before the Crown Estate was able to begin work on modernizing the House.

    Built / Designed For: The Duke and Duchess of York

    House & Family History: Sunninghill was sold in 2007 by Prince Andrew, Duke of York, 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; in 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.

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

  • 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: EARLIER 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: EARLIER HOUSE: Vol. I, 1818.

  • 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: Not Listed

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Seat of: Timur Kulibayev

    Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Thomas Carey, 17th century. Sir Thomas Draper, 17th century. Jeremiah Crutchley, 18th century; Crutchley family here until 1936. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Earl of Inverness, and Baron Killyleagh, Windsor family, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No