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New Wardour Castle (Wardour Castle)

  • Earlier Houses: New Wardour Castle replaced the 14th century Old Wardour Castle [qv], today a ruin administered by English Heritage.

    Built / Designed For: 8th Baron Arundell of Wardour

    House & Family History: Richard Woods produced at least two complete sets of designs for a new house, all of which were ultimately rejected by Lord Arundell in favor of James Paine's designs. Wardour is a Palladian style house constructed of limestone ashlar with hipped Welsh slate roofs. Common for 18th century Palladian houses, the house has a main square block with flanking pavilions. Wardour is noted for its magnificent staircase rotunda: 144 feet round, with a black and white marble ground floor and sweeping staircases to either side. Bellevue House, an early 20th century house in Newport, Rhode Island, designed by Odgen Codman contains a replica of the staircase rotunda at Wardour. In 1944, after the death of John Francis, the 16th and last Lord Arundell, Wardour was sold and became Cranbourne Chase School. The school built an extension to the southeast (demolished) that contained classrooms, dormitories, and a dining hall, in addition to three free-standing staff houses to the west. In 1990 Cranbourne Chase School closed and Wardour Castle, together with five cottages, six tennis courts, and a swimming pool was sold and converted into luxury condominiums. One of the most famous condo owners was Jasper Conran, who lived at Wardour until 2021.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Richard Woods laid out the grounds, designing a rustic bridge, temples, greenhouses, and various other garden buildings. He also probably designed the new stableblock.

    Chapel & Church: The Roman Catholic All Saints Chapel (Wardour Chapel) was designed by Paine in 1776 and extended by Soane between 1788 and 1790 to accommodate the sumptuous altar, a gift of Pope Pius VI. The altar, designed by Giacomo Quarenghi and made in Rome, features, as its base, a large slab of sienna marble, into which is inserted the verd antique marble sarcophagus, with the whole decorated with alabastro fiorito and a variety of other colored marbles. The sanctuary lamps are by Luigi Valadier. The chapel remains the property of the Arundell family.

  • Architect: Lancelot Brown

    Date: 1773-75
    Designed: Consulted on grounds

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    Architect: Giuseppe Manocchi

    Date: 1775
    Designed: Saloon on the east side of house

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    Architect: John Soane

    Date: 1788-90
    Designed: Extended chapel; minor alterations to house.

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    Architect: James Paine Sr.

    Date: 1770-76
    Designed: House for 8th Lord Arundell

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    Architect: Richard Woods

    Date: 1764-70
    Designed: Grounds for 8th Lord Arundell, including tree planting, temples, greenhouses, a bath house, a rustic bridge, and probably the new stableblock.

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 166, 1852.

    John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. V, 1822.

    Country Life: LXVIII, 646, 676, 1930. CXLIV, 908 [Chapel], 1968.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 771
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: William Beckford: Composing for Mozart
    Author: Mowl, Timothy
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719558298
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: James Paine
    Author: Leach, Peter
    Year Published: 1988
    Reference: pgs. 213-215
    Publisher: London: A. Zwemmer Ltd.
    ISBN: 0302006028
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II*

  • "First Born" (1998 - TV mini series). "Billy Elliot" (2000 - as the Royal Ballet School, London).
  • Past Seat / Home of: Henry Arundell, 8th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1775-1808; James Everard Arundell, 9th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1808-17; James Everard Arundell, 10th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1817-34; Henry Benedict Arundell, 11th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1834-62; John Francis Arundell, 12th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1862-1906; Everard Aloysius Gonzaga Arundell, 13th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1906-07; Edgar Clifford Arundell, 14th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1907-21; Gerald Arthur Arundell, 15th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1921-39; John Francis Arundell, 16th Baron Arundell of Wardour, 1939-44.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No