Dorton House, Buckinghamshire

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Dorton House (Ashfold School)

Dorton House is a Grade I Listed Jacobean country house near the village of Dorton in Buckinghamshire, England. It was built between 1596 and 1626. It currently houses Ashfold School, an independent day and boarding preparatory school for about 270 pupils aged from 3 to 13 years.


The house was built between 1596 and 1626 by Sir John Dormer on the site of a previous house. The house is in a Gothic Style and is in a horseshoe shape. The house was built from bricks made from local clay fired at the bottom of Brill Hill.

The house was sold in 1783 to Sir John Fletcher and remained in his family until 1928 when it was sold to Major Michael Beaumont who served as a British soldier, Conservative Member of Parliament for Aylesbury, Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.[1][2][3]

The Royal London Society for the Blind purchased the house in 1939, as a school, before they moved to Wildernesse at Dorton House in Seal, Kent, in 1955.

In 1955 the house was purchased by James Harrison and turned into Ashfold preparatory school.

Ashfold school[edit]

Ashfold School is a co-educational independent day and boarding preparatory school for about 270 pupils aged from 3 to 13 years. Acting brothers Edward and James Fox attended the school when it was near Haywards Heath in West Sussex.[4]


  1. ^ "No. 33508". The London Gazette. 21 June 1929. pp. 4106–4107. 
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 295. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  3. ^ "No. 34482". The London Gazette. 15 February 1938. p. 973. 
  4. ^ Sale, Johnathan (27 March 2008). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Edward Fox, actor". London: The Independent. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°49′11″N 1°00′56″W / 51.819595°N 1.015635°W / 51.819595; -1.015635