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Woodcote Park

  • Earlier Houses: An earlier house, built in the mid-17th century for Richard Evelyn, was burned in 1934 and replaced by the current house.

    House & Family History: Woodcote was originally built in the mid-17th century for Richard Evelyn, brother of the famous diarist John Evelyn (the House is mentioned in the diaries of Samuel Pepys). The Evelyns bequeathed Woodcote to Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, and it is probably this family who are most associated with Woodcote today in their roles as lords proprietor of the colony of Maryland. The interiors once contained a number of grand rooms, including a gilded Library, many of them noted for their murals by notable Italian artists, including Antonio Verrio; most of the historic rooms were removed by The Royal Automobile Club, who acquired the property in 1913. The RAC operates Woodcote as a country club and has added tennis, croquet, squash, swimming, and golf facilities to the estate. In 1934 the House burned down, but was rebuilt as a virtual replica. During World War I soldiers were trained at Woodcote; during the Second World War, the grounds were turned over to food production. One of the Drawing Rooms from Woodcote (once called The Chippendale Room), noted for its excellent carved wood paneling, was sold in 1911 to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in whose collection it remains today. The paneling in the Drawing Room is based on illustrations in "De la Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance," by J.F. Blondel, Paris, 1738.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The House is set in 400 acres of parkland.

  • Architect: Francis Brerewood

    Date: 1753-58
    Designed: Added cupola and other embellishments to House; landscaped grounds for 6th Lord Baltimore.

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    Architect: Isaac Ware

    Designed: East Façade
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: John Vardy, Sr.

    Date: Circa 1755
    Designed: House for 6th Lord Baltimore
    (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: Vol. I, p. 231, 1852.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Gentlemen's Clubs of London, The
    Author: Lejeune, Anthony (Text); Lewis, Malcolm (Photogaphs)
    Year Published: 1984
    Publisher: Dorset Press
    ISBN: 0880290234
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Not Listed

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat of: Richard Evelyn, mid-17th century. Charles Calvert, 3rd Baron Baltimore, late 17th-early 18th centuries. James de Teissier, Baron de Teissier, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Club

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Club

    Ownership Details: Today the country club of the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01372-276-311

    Fax: 01372-276-117

    Email: secretary@royalautomobileclub.co.uk

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

    Historic Houses Member: No