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Grimsthorpe Castle  England 
Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

Circa Date: Tudor core w/1722-30 rebuild

Status: Fully Extant

    

Special Info / Location/ Date

Special Info
Phonetic Pronunciation of House Name

Location
Country
England
District Today
Lincolnshire
 Historic County
 City / Town / Village
Bourne
 Latitude
52.7923
 Longitude
-0.4523

Date
Start Date
Completion Date
Circa Date
Tudor core w/1722-30 rebuild
Images

The North Front

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The North Front
The South Front
King John's Tower
Architects

Designed   Forecourt
Date   1729-30

Designed   Rebuilt North Façade for 1st Duke of Ancaster
Date   1722-26

Extant / Listed / References

Extant
Extant Type
Fully Extant
Extant Details

Listed
House Listed As 
Grade I
Gardens Listed As  
Grade I
Country House:  Yes

References
Vitruvius Britannicus
C. III, pls. 11-14, 1725.
Vitruvius Scoticus
J.B. Burke (Burke's Visitation of Seats)
Vol. II, p. 57, 1853.
Country Life
CIV, 272, corr. 351. LV, 572, 614, 650. LIX, 429.
J.P. Neale (Neale's Views of Seats)
Vol. II, 1819.
Access / Ownership / Seat

Access
Open to Public Please note: Houses listed as being open "By Appointment" are usually country house hotels, B&Bs, or schools.
Yes
Historic Houses Association Member
Yes
Phone Number If calling from the U.S., delete the first "0" in British numbers.
01778-591-205
Fax Number
01778-591-259
Email
Website
Awards

Current Ownership
Current Ownership Type
Private Non-Profit
Primary Current Ownership Use
Private Home
Current Ownership Use / Details
House is owned by the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust Limited.

Seat ("Seat" is loosely defined as any family that occupied the house for a period of 2 years or more)
Today Seat of
The 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby
A Past Seat(s) of
1st Lord Gwydir, 19th century. Duke of Ancaster
Possible (Unsure) Seat of
History / Gardens & Park / Movies

History
Earlier House(s) / Building(s)
House Replaced By
Built / Designed For
House & Family History
Collections This field lists art objects that are currently or were previously in the collection of the house.

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Two chairs from Grimsthorpe, designed for the Duke of Ancaster, are now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. A life-size portrait of James I after Van Somer today hangs in the King James Room at the house. The Tapestry Drawing Room at Grimsthorpe is hung with yellow Soho tapestries woven by Joshua Morris, circa 1730, for Sir Gilbert Heathcote, Lord Mayor of London, for the State Bedroom at his country house, Normanton Park in Rutland. The tapestries came to Grimsthorpe, with much furniture and pictures, after the demolition of Normanton, another of the family's seats, in 1924.
Comments
Grimsthorpe is considered to be among Vanbrugh’s most important last works.

Gardens & Park
Garden, Park, Follies and Outbuildings
The grounds contain 3,000 acres of landscaped park within an estate of 13,000 acres, encompassing 200 houses and 20 farms.
Chapel & Church

Movies
Location for Movies / TV
"Middlemarch" (1994 - TV mini series). "The Buccaneers" (1995 - TV mini series, as the interiors of Allfriars). "The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders" (1996 - TV mini series).
Bibliography

Author   NA
Year Published   1999
Reference  


Author   Colvin, Howard
Year Published   1995
Reference   pg. 1008


Author   NA
Year Published   2000
Reference  


Author   Knox, Tim
Year Published   1996
Reference  



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