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Wyfold Court

  • Built / Designed For: Edward Hermon

    House & Family History: Wyfold was built for Edward Hermon, a wealthy Lancastrian cotton master and MP for Preston. The House is of scarlet brick, with detailing in yellow stone, and blue diapering. The front has two large towers with gargoyles, corner turrets, and traceried windows. The rooms are very large and sport Gothic-style fireplaces. The immense staircase Hall has a timber roof and an enormous window with stained glass shields of the kings and queens of England. Hermon's only daughter, Caroline, married Robert Trotter Hodge in 1877; in 1903 Hodge changed his surname to Hermon-Hodge and inherited Wyfold Hall. He was noted for his religious attendance at Henley Regatta each year and is remembered today by the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley. After a period of over 50 years as Borocourt Hospital, Wyfold was completely restored to its original appearance, both inside and out, in the early 21st century. The restoration was by P.J. Livesey Rural Heritage, which converted the House into 11 condos.

    Collections: Edward Hermon was a generous and enthusiastic supporter of contemporary (Victorian) artists. His collection of pictures from Wyfold was sold at Christie's in 1882.

    Comments: Pevsner called Wyfold "a Nightmare Abbey in spirit, French Flamboyant Gothic, with a touch of Scottish Baronial, in style."

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Today Wyfold sits in grounds of 180 acres which contain the Bailiff's House, The Grange, and cottages, all built 1872-78 to the designs of Somers Clarke.

  • Architect: George Somers Clarke

    Date: 1872-78
    Designed: House, plus outbuildings, for Edward Hermon.

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  • Title: Buildings of England: Oxfordshire, The
    Author: Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1974
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710450
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "A Dance to the Music of Time" (1997 - TV mini series). "The Unknown Soldier" (1998 - TV mini series, as the 2nd hospital in which Sophie worked). "Coming Home" (1998 - TV mini series, as St. Ursula's School).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Edward Hermon, 19th century; Robert Hermon-Hodge, 1st Baron Wyfold, 19th-20th centuries.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

    Ownership Details: Converted into 11 condos 1999-2000.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No