Built / Designed For: Thomas Rumbold
House & Family History: Thomas Rumbold, for whom Woodhall was built, made his fortune in the East India Company. The 1777 house was altered in 1794, when the wings were given an additional story; at the same time a porch with four pair of unfluted Ionic columns was added on the north side of the House. The former Saloon was converted to an entrance hall decorated in the Etruscan style. The East Wing contains the coved ceiling Print Room, decorated by R. Parker in 1782 and called by Pevsner "one of the best of its kind." The walls are entirely covered with engraved paper reproductions of paintings, complete with frames, ribbons, chains, busts, candelabra, and piers with vases.
Collections: An English walnut and pine side table of circa 1775 from Woodhall Park is today in the collection of Buckingham Palace. The table is carved and gilded and has a dove gray marble top inlaid with a checkerboard pattern of 160 squares of specimen marbles. The table may have been designed by Thomas Leverton, who designed Woodhall Park.
Garden & Outbuildings: In 1957 the Stables were converted into houses and offices, which the Smith family made their new home.
Vitruvius Britannicus: C. New, I, pls. 27, 28, 1802.
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.
Country Life: LVII, 164, 198, 554, 1925. LXVII, 611 [Furniture], 1930.
Title: Buckingham Palace and its Treasures
Author: Harris, John; DeBellaigue, Geoffrey; Millar, Oliver (Contributors)
Year Published: 1968
Reference: pg. 118
Publisher: New York: The Viking Press
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Buildings of England: Hertfordshire, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Cherry, Bridget
Year Published: 2000
Reference: pgs. 407-408
Publisher: London: Penguin Books
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Seat of: Smith family
Past Seat of: Thomas Rumbold, 18th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: School
Ownership Details: House is leased by the Smith family, through the Trustees of R.M. Abel Smith, to Heath Mount School. The Smith family converted the Georgian stables as their new seat.