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Sennowe Park (Sennowe Hall)

  • House & Family History: In the 19th century Sennowe was owned by Edmond Wodehouse, MP (died 1855). In the mid-19th century the house was purchased by the Morse-Boycott family, who sold up in 1887 to Bernard Le Neve-Foster, who was from the illegitimate branch of the Le Neve family of Ringland. In 1898 Sennowe was bought by Thomas Albert Cook, grandson of the founder of the famous Thomas Cook and Sons travel agents. In 1908 Cook employed Skipper to alter and significantly enlarge the existing Georgian house; the result is a house of two stories with a hipped roof and pedimented dormers with two 3-bay canted bows that have a third story with oval windows. Sennowe is an astonishing 17 bays on the east facade and five bays on the south facade.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: There was a park at Sennowe in the 18th century (the River Wensum flows through grounds). In the early 20th century Italianate terraces on three levels were laid out, together with two domed open pavilions, by George Skipper and Frederick W. Skipper. Extant are a conservatory and a large, timbered boathouse. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries music concerts were held in the park.

  • Architect: Frederick Wilemer Skipper

    Date: Early 20th century
    Designed: Laid out grounds, together with George Skipper, for Thomas Albert Cook.

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    Architect: George John Skipper

    Date: 1905-08
    Designed: Rebuilt House for Thomas Albert Cook. Worked with F.W. Skipper on grounds.

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  • Country Life: CLXX, 2242, 2298, 1981.

  • Title: Burke's & Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
    Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1981
    Reference: pgs. 180-181
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade II*

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (1991 - TV series, as Marsdon Manor in the episode "The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor"). "The Diets That Time Forgot" (2008 - TV documentary series, with Sir Roy Strong).
  • Current Seat / Home of: Charles and Virginia Temple-Richards

    Past Seat / Home of: Edmond Wodehouse, MP, 19th century. Morse-Boycott family, mid-19th century until 1887. Bernard Le Neve-Foster, late 19th century. Thomas Albert Cook, late 19th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

    Ownership Details: House is available for bespoke stays.

  • House Open to Public: By Appointment

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: https://www.sennowepark.com/

    Historic Houses Member: Yes