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Kimbolton Castle  England 
Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire, England

Circa Date: 1685

Status: Fully Extant

    

Special Info / Location/ Date

Special Info
Phonetic Pronunciation of House Name

Location
Country
England
District Today
Cambridgeshire
 Historic County
 City / Town / Village
Kimbolton
 Latitude
52.30106
 Longitude
-0.39231

Date
Start Date
Completion Date
Circa Date
1685
Images

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The Gate House
Architects

Designed   Gatehouse, entrance screen, gates
Date   1764-65

Designed   Courtyard interior
Date  
Attribution of this work is uncertain.

Designed   House w/Vanbrugh
Date   circa 1685

Designed   House w/Hawksmoor
Date   circa 1685

Extant / Listed / References

Extant
Extant Type
Fully Extant
Extant Details

Listed
House Listed As 
Unknown
Gardens Listed As  
Unknown
Country House:  Yes

References
Vitruvius Britannicus
Vitruvius Scoticus
J.B. Burke (Burke's Visitation of Seats)
Country Life
J.P. Neale (Neale's Views of Seats)
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
Phone Number If calling from the U.S., delete the first "0" in British numbers.
01480-860-505
Fax Number
01480-860-386
Email
Website
Awards

Current Ownership
Current Ownership Type
School
Primary Current Ownership Use
School
Current Ownership Use / Details
House is owned by the Governors of Kimbolton School.

Seat ("Seat" is loosely defined as any family that occupied the house for a period of 2 years or more)
Today Seat of
A Past Seat(s) of
Queen Katherine of Aragon. de Bohun family. Earl of Manchester and Duke of Manchester, 1615-1950.
Possible (Unsure) Seat of
History / Gardens & Park / Movies

History
Earlier House(s) / Building(s)
13th century fortified manor house
House Replaced By
Built / Designed For
House & Family History
The site was settled at least as far back as the Roman era, and at the time of the Norman invasion the manor was held by King Harold himself. After the Conquest a castle was built at Kimbolton, under the control of the powerful de Bohun family. The De Bohuns were also responsible for funding the rebuilding of the parish church in the 13th century. Kimbolton is most famous for its associations with Katherine of Aragon. In 1536 the unhappy former queen died in Kimbolton Castle after 4 years of imprisonment. The room where Katherine died is fittingly called "the Queen's Room" and was supposedly the inspiration for a scene from Shakespeareís "Henry VIII." The Castle was greatly remodeled during the 17th century, when it was in the possession of the Dukes of Manchester. A series of the most prominent architects of the day had a hand in remaking Kimbolton into a luxurious residence; Vanbrugh, Hawksmoor, and Robert Adam all took part in redesigning Kimbolton. Pelligrini painted the Venetian mural paintings on the Staircase and in the Boudoir.
Collections This field lists art objects that are currently or were previously in the collection of the house.

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The Kimbolton Cabinet, designed by Robert Adam circa 1776 for the Duchess of Manchester, is now in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. The cabinet was commissioned by the Duchess to display 11 Italian pietra dura (hardstone) plaques and stood in her bedchamber at Kimbolton. It is made of satinwood veneer, with ormolu mounts, set with the hardstone plaques.
Comments
Pelligriniís Venetian mural paintings are considered his finest work in England.

Gardens & Park
Garden, Park, Follies and Outbuildings
Robert Adam created the Gatehouse, entrance screen, and St. Neotís road gates for 4th Duke of Manchester, 1764-65.
Chapel & Church
Pelligrini executed the Venetian mural paintings in the chapel.

Movies
Location for Movies / TV
Bibliography

Author   NA
Year Published   1999
Reference  


Author   Colvin, Howard
Year Published   1995
Reference  


Author   Harris, John
Year Published   1998
Reference  


Author   Winch, Dinah
Year Published   2001
Reference  



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