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Vanburgh Castle (Bastile House)  England 
Greenwich, London, England

Circa Date: 1717

Status: Fully Extant

Special Info / Location/ Date

Special Info
Phonetic Pronunciation of House Name

Location
Country
England
District Today
London
 Historic County
Kent
 City / Town / Village
Greenwich
 Latitude
51.484465
 Longitude
0.002435

Date
Start Date
Completion Date
Circa Date
1717
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Architects

Designed   House for himself
Date  

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
CLIX, 1406. 1976.
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.
No
Historic Houses Association Member
Phone Number If calling from the U.S., delete the first "0" in British numbers.
Fax Number
Email
Website
Awards

Current Ownership
Current Ownership Type
Flat Owners Company (aka Condo Association)
Primary Current Ownership Use
Flats
Current Ownership Use / Details

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
Sir John Vanbrugh, 18th century.
Possible (Unsure) Seat of
History / Gardens & Park / Movies

History
Earlier House(s) / Building(s)
House Replaced By
Built / Designed For
House & Family History
Vanburgh built this Gothic style house of yellow brick (originally called Bastile House) on Maze Hill on the east side of Greenwich Park in suburban London for himself. He built the House when he was Surveyor to the nearby Royal Naval Hospital and lived here from 1719 until his death in 1726. The House is modeled on the French Bastille, where Vanburgh was imprisoned (from 1690 until 1692) on charges of spying for the British. Bastile House was rebuilt in 1904 and is now known as Vanburgh Castle. Until 1975 the House was occupied by a school run by the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund for the sons of RAF personnel killed in service; it was restored by the Blackheath Preservation Trust in 1977 and is included within the boundaries of the World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich. The House is now divided into flats.
Collections This field lists art objects that are currently or were previously in the collection of the house.

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Comments

Gardens & Park
Garden, Park, Follies and Outbuildings
Chapel & Church

Movies
Location for Movies / TV
Bibliography

Author   Woodley, Roger
Year Published   2002
Reference  



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