DiCamillo Companion

Beaufront Castle

  • Earlier Houses: The current 19th century house incorporates elements of the late 17th century house of the Errington family.

    House & Family History: The House (Palace House) was formerly the 14th century Great Gatehouse of Beaulieu Abbey, which was originally founded in 1204. The House has been in the Montagu family's ownership since 1538, when Sir Thomas Wriothesley, later 1st Earl of Southampton, bought the Estate after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Lord Henry Scott, was the first member of the family to actually live in Palace House. In the 1870s Lord Scott extended the house, using Arthur Blomfield as his architect. The House as seen today is a mixture of Victorian Gothic, medieval Gothic, and 18th century fortification styles.

  • Architect: John Dobson

    Date: 1836-41
    Designed: House for William Cuthbert

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    Architect: Joseph Aloysius Hansom

    Date: Circa 1870
    Designed: Additions

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  • Country Life: CLIX, 286, 342, 1976.

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Errington family, 17th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: William Cuthbert, 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Unknown

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Unknown

  • House Open to Public: Unknown

    Historic Houses Member: No


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