Amport House

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Amport House
Located near Amport in Hampshire
Amport House near Andover, Hampshire MOD 45154000.jpg
Amport House
Amport House is located in Hampshire
Amport House
Amport House
Coordinates 51°11′42″N 1°34′34″W / 51.1950°N 1.5761°W / 51.1950; -1.5761
Type Manor house, Chaplaincy Centre
Site information
Owner Ministry of Defence
Controlled by Ministry of Defence
Site history
Built 1857 (1857)
In use 1939-Present
Garrison information
Garrison RAF Maintenance Command
Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre

Amport House, currently the British Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre (AFCC), is a manor house (at grid reference SU296440) in the village of Amport, near Andover, Hampshire. It is now a Grade II listed building.

History[edit]

The current house, which was built in an Elizabethan style, was constructed near the village of Amport in 1857 by John Paulet, 14th Marquess of Winchester and replaced two earlier houses built on the site.[1] The gardens were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and planted by Gertrude Jekyll.[1] During the 1930s the house was owned by Col. Sofer-Whitburn until it was taken over and used as the headquarters of Royal Air Force Maintenance Command during World War II.[1]

The last of the Paulet family to reside at Amport was Henry Paulet, 16th Marquess of Winchester, who died in 1962.[2] Later that year the Royal Air Force Chaplains' School moved from Dowdeswell Court in Dowdeswell to Amport House.[3] The School, which had included a Royal Navy chaplain staff member, became the tri-service Armed Forces Chaplaincy Centre in 1996 on the closure of the depot of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department at Bagshot Park.[4] There is also a gatehouse and a pleached avenue of lime trees, believed to be the longest such avenue in the United Kingdom.[5]

A converted stable block of the house also holds the Museum of Army Chaplaincy.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Amport House". Doomsday Reloaded. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Parishes: Amport, A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4". 1911. p. 337-344. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Parishes: Dowdeswell, A History of the County of Gloucester: volume 9: Bradley hundred. The Northleach area of the Cotswolds". 2001. p. 42-69. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bagshot Park Conservation Area". Surrey Heath Borough Council. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Amport House". Ministry of Defence. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Museum of Army Chaplaincy". National Archives. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 

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