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Whitton Park (Whitton Place)

  • House & Family History: On November 3, 2011 Christie’s sold, for £253,250, a pair of circa 1790 polychrome decorated parcel-gilt satinwood secretaire bookcases attributed to George Brookshaw. These were almost certainly supplied to Col. Sir Mark Wood for Piercefield Park and are notable for their painted ovals with landscapes depicting Whitton Place and Shardeloes House.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The 3rd Duke of Argyll was an avid gardener who imported large numbers of exotic species of plants and trees and made Whitton Park famous for its gardens (he was nicknamed "The Treemonger" by Horace Walpole). At his death many of his mature trees were moved by his nephew, the 3rd Earl of Bute, to the Princess of Wales's new garden at Kew, which later became Kew Gardens. One of these trees, a black locust, planted in 1762, is still alive at Kew today. The villa (Whitton Place) was demolished circa 1847. The 18th century Whitton Park Greenhouse, which also functioned as an aviary, was converted to a house in the 19th century and demolished in 1912.

  • Architect: James Gibbs

    Date: 1725
    Designed: Whitton Park Greenhouse (demolished 1912)

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    Architect: Roger Morris

    Date: 1732
    Designed: Whitton Place villa for 3rd Duke of Argyll (demolished circa 1847)

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 173, 1852.

  • Title: Classical Architecture in Britain: The Heroic Age
    Author: Worsley, Giles
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 240
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press (The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art)
    ISBN: 0300058969
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Destroyed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT THE HOUSE (WHITTON PARK): Archibald Campbell, Lord Ilay, 3rd Duke of Argyll, 1722-61. George Gostling, 18th century; Gostling family here until 1892. SEATED AT THE VILLA (WHITTON PLACE): Sir William Chambers, 18th century. Benjamin Hobhouse, 1809-21.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No