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Thenford House

  • 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.

  • Architect: John Quinlan Terry

    Date: 1980-82
    Designed: Summerhouse for Michael Heseltine

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    Architect: Michael Woodhull

    Date: Circa 1761-65
    Designed: House for himself, probably assisted by a local architect.
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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  • 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.
    ISBN: 0847828069
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Michael Heseltine: The Uncommon Gardener" (2005 - TV documentary on Thenford's gardens). "Trees and Me" [aka "Heseltine on Trees"] (2006 - TV documentary by Michael Heseltine).
  • 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