TQ4857 : Chevening House

taken 7 years ago, near to Chevening, Kent, Great Britain

Chevening House
Chevening House
Built in 1620 in the English Renaissance style, the design influenced by Inigo Jones. The house and estate were bought in 1717 by Major General James Stanhope, who the following year became the 1st Earl Stanhope. The house remained the seat of the Stanhopes until 1967, when on the death without issue of the 7th Earl it was bequeathed to the nation, with conditions on who should live there, namely someone of Royal lineage, or the Prime Minister or Cabinet Minister. The original intention was that it would become the residence of Prince Charles, but when he decided to live at Highgrove in Gloucestershire, it instead from 1980 became the official residence of the Foreign Secretary, starting with Lord Carrington. Under the 2010 coalition government it is shared between William Hague, Foreign Secretary, and Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister.

It is Grade I listed - for listing particulars see LinkExternal link.

Seen here across the lake, dug as part of the redesign of the grounds by the 3rd Earl, in the late 18th century.

In the distance, just below the skyline, can be seen The Keyhole - see TQ4758 : The Keyhole and TQ4857 : Through The Keyhole.

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TQ4857, 126 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 20 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010
Category
Mansion   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 487 576 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:17.9178N 0:7.9022E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 489 572
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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