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  • House & Family History: In 1865 the Swell Bowl Estate was sold to Alfred Urbain Sartoris, who built a new Cotswold style L-plan house, completed in 1867, to the designs of Ewan Christian. Nicholas Kingsley, writing in "The Country Houses of Gloucestershire: Volume Three, 1830-2000," says of Christian's work at Abbotswood, it "cannot be regarded as one of his better buildings." In 1901 Mark Fenwick, a member of the Newcastle banking family, purchased Abbotswood. In 1902 Fenwick engaged Edwin Lutyens to make major alterations to the House and to layout a new garden. Lutyen's first reaction when seeing Abbotswood was "blow it up and start again." Fenwick died in 1945 and in 1946 Abbotswood was sold to inventor Harry Ferguson, who created a lake in the grounds and improved the gardens. The Scully family own the House today and open the gardens to the public in the summer months.

    Comments: Nicholas Kingsley believes that Abbotswood is Lutyen's most important work in Gloucestershire.

  • Architect: Ewan Christian

    Date: 1867
    Designed: Cotswold style L-plan house for Alfred Urbain Sartoris

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    Architect: Edwin Landseer Lutyens

    Date: 1902
    Designed: Major alterations to House and layout of new garden for Mark Fenwick

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  • Country Life: Sep 12, 1991, pgs. 122-125.

  • Title: Country Houses of Gloucestershire: Volume Three, 1830-2000, The
    Author: Kingsley, Nicholas; Hill, Michael
    Year Published: 2001
    Reference: pgs. 53-55
    Publisher: Sussex: Phillimore & Co. Ltd.
    ISBN: 1860771203
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Scully family

    Past Seat / Home of: Alfred Urbain Sartoris, mid-19th century. Mark Fenwick, 1901-45. Harry Ferguson, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: Limited Access to Grounds Only

    Historic Houses Member: No