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Berwick House (Berwick Hall) (Little Berwick) (Berwick Park)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house called Little Berwick on, or near, the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Thomas Powys

    House & Family History: Berwick is an early 18th century house, with later Victorian alterations, of nine bays and two-and-a-half stories. The interiors were almost completely redone in the 1870s, when Berwick was transformed into an Italianate Victorian house.

    Collections: Some of the contents were sold at auction in 2020 and 2021.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: A 1730s stableblock, complete with service court, is extant. There are also extant two late 18th century lodges with Tuscan-columned porches. The columned orangery designed by Mylne in the 1780s has been demolished. The wrought gates from Berwick were moved to Newnham Paddox, Warwickshire, where they remain today.

    Chapel & Church: In the grounds is a chapel built in 1672 in the Hawsksmoor English Baroque style.

  • Architect: Edward Jones

    Date: 1831
    Designed: Garden folly based on the Temple on the Ilissus (unclear if this folly was ever built)

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    Architect: Francis Smith

    Date: 1731
    Designed: House, and probably Stables, for Thomas Powys.

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    Architect: Robert Mylne

    Date: 1780
    Designed: Lodges (extant), Orangery (demolished), and alterations to House (removed), all for Thomas Jelf Powys.

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    Architect: Osborn & Reading

    Date: 1878
    Designed: Altered interiors and rebuilt exterior in Italianate Victorian style for James Watson

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  • Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume II: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire
    Author: Reid, Peter
    Year Published: 1980
    Reference: pg. 79
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110319
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Buildings of England: Shropshire, The - 2011
    Author: Newman, John; Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 2011
    Reference: pg. 146
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300120837
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Buildings of England: Shropshire, The - 1979
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1979
    Reference: pgs. 73-74
    Publisher: London: Penguin Books
    ISBN: 0140710167
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pgs. 554, 684, 889
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Smith of Warwick: Francis Smith, Architect and Master-Builder
    Author: Gomme, Andor
    Year Published: 2000
    Reference: pgs. 186, 515
    Publisher: Lincolnshire: Shaun Tyas
    ISBN: 1900289385
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • Current Seat / Home of: Angell-James family (descended from James Watson)

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Thomas Powys, early 18th century; Thomas Jelf Powys, late 18th century; The Hon. Henry Wentworth Fielding (added Powys to his surname upon inheriting Berwick in 1832), 19th century; Powys family here until 1875. Rudolph Basil, 8th Earl of Denbigh, 1875. James Watson, 1875-95. Phillipps family, late 19th century. Neale family, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No


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