Wrest House and Park :: Shared Description

A historic landscape and mansion, the home of the de Grey family from the early-13C until 1917, when it was sold after the death of Auberon Herbert, the 9th Baron Lucas. The French chateau-style mansion, built in the 1830s, replaced an earlier house on the site. The landscape was influenced by: Henry, Duke of Kent, who laid out the massive formal woodland gardens, with water features and abundant statues and buildings, in the early 18C; Jemima, Marchioness Grey, modified the garden in the second half of the 18C in line with the then fashionable English landscape style; and Thomas Earl de Grey, who created the Upper Gardens in the 1830s after demolishing the original family house and building the existing house.
It was used as a hospital during WWI, bought in 1939 by the Sun Insurance Company as its WWII HQ. In 1946 it was bought by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works and leased to the National Institute of Agricultural Engineering, which became the Silsoe Institute, until that was incorporated with and moved to Cranfield University in 2006. When the Institute closed the house was taken over by English Heritage and a 20-year plan to restore the gardens was initiated to reveal their development and history from 1680-1917, the first phase of which was revealed in 2011. There is now a visitor centre, the house has office space to rent, and some of the ground floor has been opened to visitors with an exhibition of the history of the house. LinkExternal link
by M J Richardson
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TL0935 : Wrest House by M J Richardson
TL0934 : Wrest Park - Pavilion Trompe-l'œil dome interior by Rob Farrow
TL0934 : Wrest Park - Archer Pavilion or Banqueting House by Rob Farrow
TL0934 : The Long Canal, Wrest Park by Paul Gillett
TL0935 : Dog Sculpture, Wrest Park by Paul Gillett
TL0935 : Trees by North Broad Water by Paul Gillett
TL0935 : Wrest Park - The house from the Long Canal by Rob Farrow
TL0835 : Wrest Park by M J Richardson
TL0935 : Wrest Park - view southwards from the house by Rob Farrow
TL0935 : Italian Gardens - Wrest Park by Paul Gillett
TL0835 : Wrest Park - Avenue of young lime trees by Rob Farrow
TL0935 : French Parterre Garden, Wrest Park by Paul Gillett
TL0935 : Wrest House by M J Richardson
TL0935 : Portuguese Laurels, Wrest Park by Paul Gillett
TL0834 : Statue at Wrest Park by M J Richardson
TL0935 : Mown Lawns, Wrest House by Paul Gillett
TL0834 : The Serpentine at Wrest Park by M J Richardson
TL0935 : Leg of Mutton Lake, Wrest Park by Paul Gillett
TL0935 : Vista from Wrest House by M J Richardson
TL0934 : Wrest Park - The Pavilion - entrances by Rob Farrow
TL0835 : Avenue of trees - Wrest Park by Paul Gillett
TL0935 : Wrest Park - The House, southern façade by Rob Farrow
TL0835 : Pear Orchard, Wrest Park by Paul Gillett
TL0935 : Formal gardens at Wrest House by M J Richardson
TL0835 : Old Park Water at Wrest Park by M J Richardson

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Created: Tue, 3 Jul 2012, Updated: Thu, 5 Jul 2012

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