DiCamillo Companion

Wormsley Park (Wormsley House) (Wormsley Manor)

  • House & Family History: Wormsley was purchased by J.P. Getty, Jr. in 1984, together with 1,748 acres. Sixty acres and two cottages from the estate were retained by the Fane family.

    Collections: Sir John Paul Getty, Jr. (1932-2003) was one of the world's greatest collectors of rare books and manuscripts. After purchasing Wormsley Park in 1984 he built an extension to serve as a library. His collection ranged from a fragment of what is probably the earliest surviving English manuscript (AD 640) to late 20th century bindings. Treasures to be found in his library include Boccaccio's "De Casibus Virorum Illustrium," Caxton's 1486 edition of "The Canterbury Tales," Anne Boleyn's Psalter, the Byland Bede of 1160, and the Ottobeuren Gradual. In 2003, just a month before his death, Sir Paul made his final acquisition: a First Folio of Shakespeare's plays from Oxford's Oriel College, for around £3.5 million, which he was able to add to the second, third, and fourth folios, which were already at Wormsley. The full extent of the Wormsley library is not publicly known, but it could well be worth over £50 million. Sir Paul is known to have wanted his collection kept together and for there to be scholarly access and ultimately for it to be accessible to a wider public; thus, the library is expected to pass to a charitable foundation, rather than remain in private ownership.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: In the 1990s a folly, inspired by Miller's at Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, was built by J.P. Getty, Jr. to conceal satellite dishes.

  • Title: In Ruins
    Author: Woodward, Christopher
    Year Published: 2001
    Publisher: London: Chatto & Windus
    ISBN: 070116896X
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Nanny McPhee" (2005). "Midsomer Murders" (2008 - TV series, in the episode "Talking to the Dead"). "Midsomer Murders" (2009 - TV series, as the cricket ground in the episode "Secrets and Spies"). "Midsomer Murders" (2017 - TV series, as the cricket ground in the episode "Last Man Out"). "Midsomer Murders" (2017 - TV series, as the Lesser family home in the episode "The Smallest of Things"). "Mothering Sunday" (2021 - filmed in Dean Wood).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Mark Getty

    Past Seat / Home of: Colonel Adrian Scrope, 17th century; Scrope family here from the 16th century until 1720. Thomas Fane, 8th Earl of Wesmoreland, 18th century; Fane family here until 1986. John P. Getty, Jr., 1986-2003.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: The Garsington Opera performs at the Opera Pavilion on the Wormsley Estate.

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access to Grounds Only

    Phone: 01865-368-201

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.garsingtonopera.org

    Historic Houses Member: No


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