DiCamillo Companion
England

Whitbourne Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Edward Bickerton Evans

    House & Family History: Whitbourne was built for E.B. Evans, an amateur archaeologist (he led an exhibition to Palmyra) who made a fortune in wine and vinegar. Evans was determined to have a house that would stand out, and he got it. Whitbourne was built of a very fine stone and has an enormous Ionic portico of six columns based on the Erectheum on the Acropolis. The portico is flanked on each side by one bay and there are the remains of a huge conservatory attached to the back of the House. The top-lit Central Hall measures 40 by 50 feet and has pillars and columns that carry a gallery and a grand imperial staircase. Whitbourne was sold in 1980, along with 1,200 acres, to Whitbourne Hall Community Limited, owned by a group of local families. They converted the House into 20 flats for their homes, while leaving the formal reception rooms intact, together with their original furnishings (these rooms are available for events).

    Comments: Peter Reid, writing in "Burke's & Savills Guide to Country House: Volume II: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire": Whitbourne is "a remarkable example of high-Victorian taste."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The house is today set in nine acres of grounds.

  • Architect: Robert Louis Roumieu

    Date: Circa 1865-77
    Designed: Conservatory
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: Edmund Wallace Elmslie

    Date: 1860-62
    Designed: House for E.B. Evans

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  • Country Life: CLVII, 702, 774, 1975.

  • Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume II: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire
    Author: Reid, Peter
    Year Published: 1980
    Reference: pgs. 65-66
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110319
    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: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Country House Rescue" (2010 - TV documentary, episode 2.6).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Edward Bickerton Evans, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

    Ownership Details: Owned by Whitbourne Hall Community Ltd.; parts of the house are available for weddings and events.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Email: info@whitbournehall.com

    Website: https://www.whitbournehall.com/

    Historic Houses Member: No