SU7717 : Uppark House

taken 5 years ago, near to South Harting, West Sussex, Great Britain

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Uppark House
Uppark House
Viewed from the NW near the stable block
Uppark is a fine country house dating from about 1689. It got its somewhat unusual name in order to distinguish it from Down Park in the same Parish, which has long since vanished.
Built originally for Ford Lord Grey of Warke who was created Earl of Tankerville in 1701 it was sold to the Fetherstonhaugh family in 1747 who remained its owners until it was given to the National Trust.
During restoration work on the roof in 1989 which was nearing completion, heat from an oxy-acetylene torch being used to seal the lead caused the 300 year old timbers in the roof to catch fire. The fire spread disastrously despite up to 27 fire appliances attempting to control the blaze. The damage was such that demolition was a serious option, but the outside fabric of the building was remarkably intact and most of the precious items in the lower floors had been saved by staff, volunteers and firefighters. The upper floors were completely gutted and sadly the donor family who lived in that part of the house, lost many of their possessions.
The decision was made to renovate the building completely and restore the ground floor rooms to their pre-fire status. This was all managed by 1995 when the house reopened. Today, apart from some scorched and charred wooden floor panels, you would not be able to tell there had ever been a fire as you tour the house; a great feat of restoration by the Trust and the skilled craftsmen and women they employed.
Uppark Visitor Information (NT) LinkExternal link
English Heritage Listings:
The House (Grade I) LinkExternal link
Old Laundry and Kitchen Block (Grade I) LinkExternal link
Stable Block (Grade I) LinkExternal link
Dairy (Grade II) LinkExternal link
Game Larder (Grade II) LinkExternal link
Gothic Garden Seat (Grade II) LinkExternal link
Entrance Gates (Grade II) LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 8 October, 2014   (more nearby)
Thursday, 9 October, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates 
Place (from Tags)
Uppark House 
Listed (from Tags)
Grade 1 
Primary Subject of Photo
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 77971 17570 [1m precision]
WGS84: 50:57.1379N 0:53.4810W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 77922 17613
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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