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Wivenhoe House (Wyvenhoe Park) (Wivenhoe Park) (Wivenhoe New Park) (Wyvenhoe New Park)

  • Built / Designed For: Isaac Martin Rebow

    House & Family History: The British Army occupied the house and park during World Wars I and II. The Wivenhoe Estate was sold by the Gooch family to the University of Essex in 1962. A famous 1816 painting of Wivenhoe Park by John Constable (see "Images" section) is today in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Thomas Hoving called the painting "one of the most beautiful and moving outdoor landscapes ever produced."

    House Replaced By: After they sold the old house to the University of Essex, the Gooch family built a new Palladian-style house on another part of the estate in 1964.

  • Architect: Thomas Reynolds

    Date: 1759
    Designed: House for Isaac Rebow

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    Architect: Thomas Hopper

    Date: 1846-49
    Designed: Enlarged

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    Architect: Raymond Charles Erith

    Date: 1964
    Designed: New house for C.M.D. Gooch

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    Architect: Richard Woods

    Date: 1770
    Designed: Park

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    Architect: William Andrews Nesfield

    Date: 1840s
    Designed: Advised on landscaping

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    Architect: Matthew Brettingham the Elder

    Date: 1758-59
    Designed: May have designed House for Isaac Martin Rebow
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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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: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 46, 1854.

  • Title: Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization
    Author: Hoving, Thomas
    Year Published: 1997
    Reference: pg. 190
    Publisher: New York: Artisan
    ISBN: 1885183534
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
    Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1981
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Past Seat / Home of: Isaac Martin Rebow, 18th century; John Gurdon (assumed the name Rebow), 19th century; Rebow family here from 1733 until 1902. Charles Edmund Gooch, early 20th century; Gooch family here until 1962.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Hotel

    Ownership Details: Owned since 1962 by the University of Essex. Today Wivenhoe House, an upscale hotel staffed by undergraduates in the university's hospitality program.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01206-863-666

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.wivenhoehouse.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No