DiCamillo Companion

Upton House

  • Earlier Houses: There has been a house on the site of the current house since the Middle Ages.

    Built / Designed For: Sir Rushout Cullen, 3rd Bt.

    House & Family History: The current house, built in 1695 of local stone, was purchased in 1927 and remodeled between 1927 and 1929 by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted, chairman of Shell Oil (1921–46) and son of the founder of the company. Upton and its art collection were given to the National Trust by the 2nd Viscount in 1948.

    Collections: Upton contains an exceptional collection of paintings, including works by El Greco, Bruegel, Guardi, Canaletto, Bosch, Hogarth, and Stubbs. There is also a collection of tapestries, French porcelain, Chelsea figures, and 18th century furniture. Some contents were sold in lieu of tax upon the death of the 3rd Viscount Bearsted in 1986.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Upton has a very fine garden, with terraces, herbaceous borders, a kitchen garden, a temple, ornamental pools, and a 1930s water garden, together with the National Collection of Asters.

    Chapel & Church: The small and very sweet Norman St. Michael's Church on the estate has been restored by the Churches Conservation Trust, under whose care it remains. The Grade II-listed redundant church features a fine Norman arch.

  • Architect: Smith Family

    Date: 1695
    Designed: House
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: Percy Richard Morley-Horder

    Date: 1927-29
    Designed: Remodeled House for 2nd Viscount Bearsted

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  • Country Life: LXXX, 248 plan, 1936.

  • 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: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II*

  • "Dancing on the Edge" (2013 - TV series, as the interiors of Mr. Masterson's home). "Father Brown" (2017 - TV series, in the episode "The Chedworth Cyclone").
  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: de Upton family, 14th-15th centuries. Sir William Danvers, 15th century; Danvers family here from circa 1500 until 1678. Simon Archer of Tysoe, 1679-88. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir Rushout Cullen, 3rd Bt., 1695-1730. William Bumstead, 1732-57. Sir Francis Child Jr., 18th century; George Child Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey, 19th century; Child-Villiers family here from 1757 until 1894. Charles Compton William Cavendish, 3rd Baron Chesham, 1894-98. Andrew Motion, 1898-1927. Colonel Walter Horace Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted, 1927-48.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01295-670-266

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No


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