The House from an 1852 print
The villa (Whitton Place, demolished circa 1847) from a 1769 engraving
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.
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)
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