Babington House

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Babington House
Babington House by Sean Gannon.jpg
Babington House
Location Babington, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°15′30″N 2°25′20″W / 51.25833°N 2.42222°W / 51.25833; -2.42222Coordinates: 51°15′30″N 2°25′20″W / 51.25833°N 2.42222°W / 51.25833; -2.42222
Built 1705
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 11 March 1968[1]
Reference No. 267924
Babington House is located in Somerset
Babington House
Location of Babington House in Somerset

Babington House is a Grade II* listed manor house, located in the village of Babington, between Radstock and Frome, in the county of Somerset, England.

Converted to a private members club and hotel by Nick Jones, it is currently owned by Soho House Ltd.

History[edit]

The village of Babington dates from medieval times, but appears to have been largely demolished to make way for the house around 1705.[2]

The manor was sold by Thomas and Mary Mankham to Joan Elcode, a widow, in a deed dated Easter 1572. The estate then contained 7 messuages, one cottage, 10 tofts, 1 water mill, 10 gardens, 14 orchards, 300 acres (121 hectares) of land, 120 acres (49 ha) of meadow, 160 acres (65 ha) of pasture, 20 acres (8 ha) of wood, 120 acres (49 ha) of furze and 4s annual rent and 1 pound (450 g) of pepper.[3]

The estate passed through several hands until it was forfeit to the Crown in 1593. By the late 17th century, the manor belonged to Thomas Pacey who left it to his sister, Margaret. She was married to a Bristol alderman, William Crabb, and subsequently passed the manor on to their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, wife of Henry Mompesson of Corston, Wiltshire (1633–1715) who was Sheriff of Somerset in 1698.[2]

The current house was built around 1705 for Henry Mompesson, probably on the foundations of an earlier building. It has since been extensively altered and extended, including in 1790, possibly by John Pinch the elder, for Captain Charles Knatchbull, who had inherited it via Mrs Elizabeth Long the Mompessons' niece.

Babington was inhabited by successive members of the Knatchbull family, until the house and immediate grounds were sold following the death in 1951 of Mrs Knatchbull. Better known under her maiden name as the pianist and composer Dora Bright,[4] she was the widow of Wyndham Knatchbull (1829–1900), a captain of the 3rd Dragoon Guards.[5]

The grounds include the Grade I listed Church of St Margaret.[6]

Hotel and private members club[edit]

In 1998, Nick Jones who had founded the Soho House club in Soho, London bought the property. He converted it to a hotel, club and wedding venue for the London members of Soho House club, as well as new Somerset members. The property is also part-owned by actor Neil Morrissey.

In that year, Nick Jones was cautioned by police after eleven Polish illegal immigrants were found working at the hotel.[7]

Notable weddings held at Babington House[edit]

Church of St Margaret and Babington House

Grounds[edit]

To the north of the House are lawns planted with 19th-century specimen deciduous and coniferous trees and ornamental shrubberies. From here there are views north and north-east across the park beyond the former north-west drive towards the grounds of Ammerdown House, Kilmersdon.

Within the grounds are a chain of five informal pools situated in a shallow valley about 70 metres (230 ft) west of the House. The pools are surrounded by mixed specimen trees and shrubberies. A walk on the western side of the pools leads to a kitchen garden south-west of the House.[2]

Architecture[edit]

The house of mainly Georgian architecture has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade II* listed building.[1] The 18th-century stable block and coach house have now been made into three separate dwellings.[29] The grounds also contain a listed ice house[30] and two sets of gates, which are Grade II listed.[31][32]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Park, Babington House, Babington". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Deserted medieval village, Babington". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  4. ^ Powell, Violet (1998). The Departure Platform: An Autobiography. London: Heinemann. pp. 25–26. ISBN 0-434-00507-X. 
  5. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (1999). "Brabourne". Burke's Peerage and Baronetage 1. Switzerland: Burke's Peerage. pp. 348–349. ISBN 2-940085-02-1. 
  6. ^ "Church of St Margaret". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  7. ^ Savill, Richard (2001-02-03). "Celebrities' hotel risks fine over immigrants". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  8. ^ Williams, Gill (2005-02-06). "Holidays: Bed and bawd". Sunday Mirror. 
  9. ^ Cooke, Rachel (13 April 2003). "Wanna be in my club?". The Observer (London). Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-60335938.html
  11. ^ Jones, Liz (2009-11-07). "I spend money to fill a hole in my soul... now I'm £150,000 in debt". Daily Mail (London). 
  12. ^ "Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal: Me & Missus Jones". The Independent (London). 2006-04-02. Archived from the original on 21 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-26. 
  13. ^ http://www.wedding-ireland.com/wedding_news.asp
  14. ^ "Natasha Kaplinsky". Rex Features. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  15. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/2006/03/31/east-ender-lucyweds-115875-16886115/
  16. ^ "Cutting It star ties knot". The Sun (London). 2007-05-17. 
  17. ^ http://www.lovetripper.com/bridalstars/2008/01/13008-bbc-radio-star-richard-bacons.html
  18. ^ http://www.lovetripper.com/bridalstars/2008/12/120608-pearl-lowe-and-danny-goffeys.html
  19. ^ Shttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1108326/The-Insider-Behind-scenes-Amanda-Holdens-wedding.htmlunday Times, 10 January 2010.
  20. ^ http://www.jpwilsonevents.co.uk/blog/read_15192/jenni-does-them-a-favour.html
  21. ^ http://www.herald.ie/entertainment/around-town/duffer-gets-over-the-hand-of-henry-by-taking-elaines-hand-in-marriage-2223729.html
  22. ^ Somerset Guardian, 24 June 2010
  23. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/tv/im-building-happy-family-says-2712495
  24. ^ http://www.sheptonmalletjournal.co.uk/50-Shades-Grey-film-directed-Sam-Taylor-Johnson/story-19367650-detail/story.html
  25. ^ http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/912124-james-corden-ties-the-knot-to-julia-carey-in-lavish-250-000-wedding
  26. ^ Greenstreet, Rosanna (9 February 2014). "Actress Katherine Kingsley shares her treasures". Daily Mail (London). 
  27. ^ Flint, Hanna (10 September 2013). "Here's to Mr and Mrs Manderson! Millie Mackintosh embraces new husband Professor Green at countryside wedding". Daily Mail (London). 
  28. ^ http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/BrideChores/bride-boggles-wedding-blog-invitations
  29. ^ "Stables and coach house adjacent to Babington House". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  30. ^ "Ice house in grounds to south-west of Babington House". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  31. ^ "Gate piers and flanking walls with secondary piers at former driveway entrance to Babington House". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  32. ^ "Pair of gate piers at former entrance to driveway to Babington House adjacent to Charity Cottage". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 

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