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England

Tew Park (Great Tew Park)

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house of the 17th century existed on the site south of the 19th century house. The 19th century house was demolished and replaced in 2002 by the current house.

    House & Family History: Of the original 17th century house, only the garden walls remain today. Lucius Carey, Lord Falkland, regularly held open house at Great Tew in the 1630s for writers and scholars from Oxford. Among those who attended were Ben Jonson, Waller, and Cowley. Circa 1790 the Estate was acquired by George Stratton, who employed J.A. Repton, in 1803, to plan a new house and landscape the Park; these plans were never executed. In 1815 Matthew Robinson Boulton, of clock-making fame, purchased the Estate. The 19th century house built by Boulton had, at its core, a small Georgian dower house, to the east of which was added a Gothic style library, circa 1825. An addition, in the Tudor style, was added to the House in the mid-19th century. The Robb family acquired Tew Park from the Boulton family by inheritance and sold-up in the late 20th century. The Estate has been dismantled; the 19th century house of the Boultons was demolished and replaced in 2002 by the current classical style house by Robert Adam Architects.

    House Replaced By: Robert Adam Architects-designed house of 2002.

    Collections: The contents of Great Tew were sold by Christie's on May 27-29, 1987 for £2,648,374. In addition to sale of contents, a Matthew Boulton and John Fothergill ormolu sidereal clock, dated 1774, was sold to Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery for £440,000.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Extant are the Stables and Gatepiers, both of circa 1700, plus an octagonal Dovecote with a wooden lantern.

  • Architect: Thomas Fulljames

    Date: Circa 1825
    Designed: Gothic Library

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    Architect: Frederick Sandham Waller

    Date: Mid-19th century
    Designed: Tudor style addition to House

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    Architect: Robert Adam Architects

    Date: 2002
    Designed: Classical style house

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    Architect: John Claudius Loudon

    Date: Circa 1809
    Designed: Landscaping for George Frederick Stratton

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  • Country Life: CVI, 254, 1949.

  • Title: Christie's Auction Catalog: Tew Park, Great Tew, Oxfordshire, May 27-29, 1987
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 1987
    Publisher: London: Christie's
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, The
    Author: Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1974
    Reference: pgs. 626-627
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710450
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Not Listed

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Robb family

    Past Seat / Home of: Lucius Carey, Lord Falkland, mid-17th century. Keck family, 18th century. George Frederick Stratton, early 19th century. Matthew Robinson Boulton, early 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No