Built / Designed For: Michael Woodhull
House & Family History: Thenford House was built circa 1761-65 for (and probably designed by) Michael Woodhull, who inherited the property in 1754 at the age of 14. In later life, Woodhull became a collector of early printed books and also published a volume of poetry. In 1977 the House was purchased by Baron Michael Heseltine of Thenford (given a life peerage in 2001), deputy prime minister between 1995 and 1997. Lord Heseltine, owner of Haymarket Publishing, created an arboretum by planting 3,500 species of trees and shrubs in the 50-acre garden.
Country Life: C, 624, 670, 1946.
Title: Radical Classicism: The Architecture of Quinlan Terry
Author: Watkin, David
Year Published: 2006
Reference: pg. 222
Publisher: New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Not Listed
Current Seat / Home of: Michael Heseltine; here since 1977.
Past Seat / Home of: Michael Woodhull, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No