Panshanger

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Panshanger House

Panshanger was a large country house located between the outer edge of Hertford and Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, England.

History[edit]

Earl Cowper, who later became Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, acquired the Cole Green estate c. 1700.[1] He remodelled the estate in 1704 and made alterations to the house in 1711.[2] The 5th Earl Cowper commissioned Samuel Wyatt and then William Atkinson to design a new house in a slightly different location in Regency-Gothic style; construction work started on site in 1806.[2] The park was landscaped with advice from Humphry Repton,[2] starting in 1799.[3] Following the death of the 7th Earl Cowper in 1905, the estate was inherited by Lady Desborough and, after she died in 1952 with no heir,[4] the estate was sold in lots by auction the following year but there was no interest in the house itself and it was demolished between 1953 and 1954.[3]

Present day[edit]

Panshanger Park is owned by Lafarge who extract sand and gravel from the site. Although Panshanger House was demolished, the orangery, nursery garden wall, stables, and a number of cottages and estate buildings remain,[5] all of which are listed by English Heritage.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, p. 157
  2. ^ a b c Robinson, p. 158
  3. ^ a b "1000916 - The National Heritage List for England". English Heritage. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Revelations of Ettie Desborough, an Edwardian A-lister". Daily Mail. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  5. ^ "England's Lost Country Houses | Panshanger". Lh.matthewbeckett.com. 1919-05-30. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 

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Coordinates: 51°48′08″N 0°07′50″W / 51.8023°N 0.1305°W / 51.8023; -0.1305