DiCamillo Companion

Temple Dinsley

  • Earlier Houses: The current house sits on the site of a preceptory of the Knights Templar, founded in 1147 by Bernard de Balliol and later occupied by the Knights Hospitallers. In 1542 a house was installed on the site; that house was replaced by the current house in 1714.

    House & Family History: In 1908 Temple Dinsley was hugely enlarged by Edwin Lutyens, who returned in 1911 and extended the Service Wing. In 1935 the House became The Princess Helena College for girls; in the same year the college engaged F.J. Lander to raise the wings. Temple Dinsley is today the Temple Dinsley Summer School.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The gardens were laid out in the early 20th century by Gertrude Jekyll.

  • Architect: Edwin Landseer Lutyens

    Date: 1908
    Designed: Enlarged House

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    Architect: Edwin Landseer Lutyens

    Date: 1911
    Designed: Extended Service Wing

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    Architect: Gertrude Jekyll

    Date: Early 20th century
    Designed: Gardens

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    Architect: F. J. Lander

    Date: 1935
    Designed: Altered wings of House for Princess Helena College

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  • Country Life: XXIX, 562 plan, 1911.

  • Title: Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget
    Year Published: 2000
    Reference: pg. 359
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710078
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Today Temple Dinsley Summer School

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01462-432-100

    Fax: 01462-443-871

    Email: info@templedinsley.com

    Website: https://templedinsley.com

    Historic Houses Member: No