The House from a circa 1905 postcard
Built / Designed For: Lord Ducie
House & Family History: Tortworth was requisitioned in 1939 by the Royal Navy and became a naval training school called HMS Cabala. In 1951 the House became an officers' training school; within a few years it was handed over to the Home Office, who used it as Leyhill Open Prison. In 1987 the House and 22 acres of grounds were sold; in 1991, during repairs, the Tortworth caught fire and considerable damage was caused. Tortworth Court is today a hotel.
Title: Country Houses of Gloucestershire: Volume Three, 1830-2000, The
Author: Kingsley, Nicholas; Hill, Michael
Year Published: 2001
Publisher: Sussex: Phillimore
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat of: Henry George Francis Reynolds-Moreton, 2nd Earl of Ducie, 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Corporation
Primary Current Ownership Use: Hotel
Ownership Details: Today De Vere Tortworth Court Hotel
House Open to Public: By Appointment
Historic Houses Member: No