Hampton Court, Herefordshire
Hampton Court seen from North
|Alternative names||Hampton Court Castle|
|Architectural style||Gothic, Gothic Revival|
|Location||Hope under Dinmore, England|
Hampton Court dates from 1427, when a Sir Rowland Lenthall built the original house on an estate which had been granted to him some years previously by King Henry IV on the occasion of his marriage to the king's cousin Margaret Fitzalan, a daughter of the Earl of Arundel. Sir Rowland's house was a quadrangular courtyard house, and despite numerous alterations over the centuries the house has retained this basic form.
The house was remodelled in the 1830s and 1840s to give it more of a castle air, reversing earlier attempts to make it appear more regular and domestic.
It has changed hands several more times. Between 1924 and 1972 it was the seat of Viscount Hereford and was bought by American businessman Robert Van Kampen in 1994. He died in 1999. The formal gardens were still opened with a celebration by the Van Kampen family in the year 2000, where the Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale was featured as a sacred choir and some members as a small madrigal choir.
Hampton Court Castle and grounds were sold by the Van Kampen family in 2008.
Hampton Court has a twelve acre garden which was largely created by the Van Kampens and is open to the public throughout the summer months, and now offers special events such as outdoor theatre productions, concerts and family days out.
The house featured extensively in the 1970s BBC TV Series Survivors: large parts of the first series were filmed in and around the house in spring and summer of 1975. The house was empty at the time.
- Official site
- Hampton Court section of Sola Scriptorum's site
- Photos of Hampton Court and surrounding area on geograph.org.uk
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