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Finchcocks (Finchcox)

  • Earlier Houses: There was an earlier house on the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: Edward Bathurst

    House & Family History: Siegfried Sassoon visited Finchcocks and described the house in his 1942 memoir, "The Weald of Youth." During World War II the house was requisitioned by the British Army. Between 1960 and 1970 Finchcocks served as a school for The Legat Ballet. Richard Burnett, a fortepianist and promoter of the early piano, purchased Finchcocks in 1971. Together with his wife, Katrina, he built reproductions of historic keyboard instruments and restored the real things in workshops on the grounds. The 17th century statue of Queen Anne in the center niche over the entrance was installed in the late 19th century and supposedly came from the old Royal Exchange in London.

    Collections: Richard Burnett's noted collection of approximately 100 historical keyboard instruments (most of which were sold at auction in 2016, bringing a total of £835,462) made Finchcocks an international music destination.

  • Architect: Thomas Archer

    Date: 1725
    Designed: House
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  • Country Life: L, 132. XCIX, 670, 716.

  • Title: Country Life Cumulative Index: Volumes I to CXCIII to December 1999
    Author: NA
    Year Published: 2000
    Publisher: London: IPC Magazines Limited
    ISBN: NA
    Book Type: Light Softback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • "Flog It!" (2006 - BBC TV documentary, episode "Tunbridge Wells," interviewing the Burnetts with their pianos). "The Amazing Mr. Blunden" (2021 - TV movie).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Neil and Harriet Nichols; here since 2016.

    Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Edward Horden, 16th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: Edward Bathurst, 1725-72; The Rev. Thomas Bathurst, 1772-96. Robert Springett, 1797-1826; Richard Springett, 1826-63. Edward Hussey, 19th century. Captain A.W.J. Cecil, 1919-35. Francis Lycett-Green, 1930s. David St. Clair-Erskine, 20th century. Richard and Katrina Burnett, 1971-2015.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: Concerts are held in the house and rooms can be booked for overnight stays.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Phone: 01580-428-080

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.finchcocks.com/

    Historic Houses Member: No