DiCamillo Companion

Worth Abbey (Paddockhurst)

  • Built / Designed For: George Smith

    House & Family History: Paddockhurst is a large mock Tudor house built, 1869-72, for George Smith, a London property developer. The House was later the home (1881-94) of Robert Whitehead, the inventor of the torpedo. In 1933 the 3rd Viscount Cowdray sold the House and 500 acres to Abbot John Chapman, who changed Paddockhurst's name to Worth Abbey and founded a Benedictine monastery and school (Worth School) on the site. The Cowdray family retained 4,500 acres around the House after the 1933 sale. Paddockhurst is noted for its Great Room, which measures 45 by 20 feet and sports pavonazzo and alabaster fireplaces and a stucco frieze by Walter Crane representing the history of locomotion from the ox-wagon to automobiles.

    Collections: The contents of Paddockhurst were sold on July 12, 1915.

  • Architect: Anthony Salvin

    Date: 1869-72
    Designed: House for George Smith

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    Architect: Aston Webb

    Date: 1897
    Designed: Additions to east and south fronts of House for Sir Weetman Pearson

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    Architect: Francis Pollen

    Date: Circa 1964
    Designed: Addition to House (expansion of school)

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  • Title: Buildings of England: Sussex, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus; Nairn, Ian
    Year Published: 1973
    Reference: pgs. 642-643
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710280
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "The Monastery" (2005 - BBC TV documentary; most scenes were filmed in the modern monastery). "The Monastery Revisited" (2006 - BBC TV documentary).
  • Past Seat / Home of: George Smith, 1862-81. Robert Whitehead, 1881-94. Weetman Dickinson Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray, until 1927; Pearson family here from 1894 until 1933.

    Current Ownership Type: School

    Primary Current Ownership Use: School

    Ownership Details: Since 1933 Worth School (originally Downside School), a Benedictine school associated with Worth Abbey.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Phone: 01342-710-200

    Email: information@worth.org.uk

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

    Historic Houses Member: No