DiCamillo Companion

Woolbeding House

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier Elizabethan house on, or near, the site of the current 18th century house.

    Collections: Simon Sainsbury formed an exceptional collection of art at Woolbeding, much of it formerly in the collections of Britain's most famous and celebrated country houses. At Sainsbury's death in 2006 the best of his picture collection was bequeathed to the National Gallery and the Tate (the total value of the paintings in the bequest has been estimated at £100 million). On June 18, 2008, Christie's auctioned much of the rest of Sainsbury's collection, bringing a total of £16.5 million.

  • Architect: John White Sr.

    Date: 1791
    Designed: Alterations to House for Lord Robert Spencer

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  • Country Life: CII, 328, 1947.

  • Title: Christie's Auction Catalog: Simon Sainsbury: The Creation of An English Arcadia, Volume I, Jun 18, 2008
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 6
    Publisher: London: Christie's
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Current Seat / Home of: Stewart Grimshaw

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: William Aylwin, 16th century. Mill family, 17th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Sir Richard Mill, 18th century; The Rev. Sir Charles Mill, 18th century. Lord Robert Spencer, 1791-1831. Simon Sainsbury, late 20th-early 21st centuries.

    Current Ownership Type: The National Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: Owned by the National Trust and let as a private residence.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No