The House from "Morris's Views of Seats," circa 1875.
House & Family History: Originally known as Loakes Manor (it was renamed Wycombe Abbey in the early 19th century), the early 17th century house was enlarged for the 2nd Lord Shelburne in the mid-18th century and morphed into its current Gothic form in the early 19th century to the designs of James Wyatt for the 1st Lord Carrington.
House Listed: Grade II*
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat / Home of: William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne and 1st Marquess of Lansdowne, 18th century. Robert Smith, 1st Lord Carrington, 1798-1838.
Current Ownership Type: School
Primary Current Ownership Use: School
Ownership Details: Since 1896 Wycombe Abbey School, an independent girls' boarding school.