Shockerwick House

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Shockerwick House
Yellow stone mansion set in parkland of fields and trees
Location Bathford, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°24′04″N 2°18′14″W / 51.40111°N 2.30389°W / 51.40111; -2.30389Coordinates: 51°24′04″N 2°18′14″W / 51.40111°N 2.30389°W / 51.40111; -2.30389
Built c. 1750
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 1 February 1956[1]
Reference No. 32269
Shockerwick House is located in Somerset
Shockerwick House
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Location of Shockerwick House in Somerset

Shockerwick House in Bathford, Somerset, England was built as a manor house around 1750 by John Wood, the Elder. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1] It is set in 7.7 hectares (19 acres) of parkland[2] within the Bybrook River valley.

The site was a manor prior to its purchase in 1740, from the estate of Anthony Carew,[3] by the Wiltshire family. The Wiltshires commissioned John Wood, the Elder to design the house and grounds. Thomas Gainsborough was a frequent visitor and painted several canvases in the orangery of the house including that of Edward Orpin, Parish Clerk of Bradford-upon-Avon which is now in the Tate.[4] Another visitor was William Pitt the Younger who was at Shockerwick when he heard about Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.[2]

In the 1880s the house was bought by Charles Morley the Member of Parliament for Breconshire.[2] The house was altered in 1896 by Ernest George and Alfred B. Yeates. [1] The Morley family owned the house until 1955. In 1961 it was bought by Henry Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 9th Duke of Newcastle who sold it in 1970 to the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco company who used it as a training centre.[2]

Shockerwick House. Ink wash on paper by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm in 1790

Since 1983 it has been used as a Nursing Home and is run by Bupa.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Shockerwick House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Shockerwick House, Bath, England". Parks and Gardens UK. Parks and Gardens Data Services Ltd. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shockerwick House". Bathford Society. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Edward Orpin, Parish Clerk of Bradford-upon-Avon". Tate Gallery. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Shockerwick House Residential and Nursing Home". BUPA. Retrieved 22 December 2012.