DiCamillo Companion

Wothorpe House

  • Built / Designed For: Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter

    House & Family History: Wothorpe House was built by Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, as a secondary house to his great seat of Burghley House. Wothorpe was mostly demolished by the Cecils because they couldn't afford to maintain two large country houses (an additional encouragement to destroy the House may have been the problem that the poor water system regularly gave people typhoid and cholera). Stone from the destroyed Wothorpe was used by Capability Brown for the Stableblock at Burghley.

  • Title: Life at Burghley: Restoring One of England's Great Houses
    Author: Leatham, Lady Victoria
    Year Published: 1992
    Reference: pg. 78
    Publisher: Boston: Little, Brown and Company
    ISBN: 0316518468
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Ruin

    Park Listed: Destroyed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Thomas Cecil, 1st Earl of Exeter, 17th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Unknown

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Ruinous

  • House Open to Public: Ruin

    Historic Houses Member: No