SU9721 : Petworth House - Western fašade

taken 4 years ago, near to Petworth, West Sussex, Great Britain

Petworth House - Western façade
Petworth House - Western fašade
The great sweep of the C17th western fašade created for the 6th Duke of Somerset by a French architect. There is some disagreement over precisely who the architect was, between Pierre Puget or Daniel Marot.
See shared descriptions (with numerous links) below for much more information about the house.
Petworth House (National Trust)
Petworth House is an enormous Grade I listed mansion to the north of the small town of the same name in West Sussex. The home firstly of the Percy family, Earls of Norfolk then of the Dukes of Somerset for many years, it is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. See LinkExternal link
The first building here was erected by the first Baron Percy who was granted a licence to crenellate in 1309 - some of this building still remains at the heart of the present mansion, most notably the chapel.
The house as it is seen today is mainly due to the 6th Duke of Somerset (known as "The Proud") dating from 1688-96 along with some earlier enlargements by the 8th and 9th Earls of Northumberland at the end of the C16th and beginning of the C17th.
For much more detailed descriptions of the architecture of the house its history, see the various English Heritage listings below:
Petworth House (Main House) LinkExternal link
Petworth Park & Garden LinkExternal link
Servants' Wing LinkExternal link
Old Estate Office LinkExternal link
The Stables LinkExternal link
Church Street Entrance LinkExternal link
Fire Engine House & adjoining Temple LinkExternal link
Butler's House LinkExternal link
Garden Temple NE of Butlers House LinkExternal link
The Rotunda LinkExternal link
Petworth House and Park
Petworth, formerly known as Leconfield, is a major country estate on the outskirts of Petworth, itself a town created to serve the house. Described by English Heritage as "the most important residence in the County of Sussex", there was a manorial house here from 1309, but the present buildings were built for the Dukes of Somerset from the late 17th century, the park being landscaped by "Capability" Brown. They are now managed by the National Trust. The house contains a fine collection of paintings and sculptures.

The house itself is grade I listed (List Entry Number 1225989) and the park as a historic park (1000162). Several individual features in the park are also listed.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 30 July, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 17 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates 
Place (from Tags)
Petworth 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9757 2190 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:59.2946N 0:36.6750W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 9756 2195
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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