Hedsor House

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Hedsor House
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Hedsor House is located in Buckinghamshire
Hedsor House
Hedsor House
Location within Buckinghamshire
Hedsor House is located in England
Hedsor House
Hedsor House
Hedsor House (England)
General information
StatusCompleted
Typecountry house
Architectural styleItalianate
LocationHedsor, Buckinghamshire, England
Coordinates51°33′56″N 0°41′29″W / 51.5656°N 0.6914°W / 51.5656; -0.6914Coordinates: 51°33′56″N 0°41′29″W / 51.5656°N 0.6914°W / 51.5656; -0.6914
Construction started1166

Hedsor House is an Italianate-style mansion in the United Kingdom, located in Hedsor in Buckinghamshire. Perched overlooking the River Thames, a manor house at Hedsor can be dated back to 1166 when the estate was owned by the de Hedsor Family. In the 18th century it was a royal residence of Princess Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales.[1]

History[edit]

Hedsor, which dates back to 1166, was once the home of Princess Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales, mother of George III and the founder of Kew Gardens. The house and its 85-acre park overlooking the Thames then regularly welcomed the Kings and Queens from Windsor Castle as the home of Lord Boston from 1764.

The house was originally designed by Sir William Chambers, architect of Somerset House in London, with the aid of George III and Queen Charlotte, who picked the location specifically for its position high above the Thames. Badly damaged by fire in 1795, a new house was completed in 1868 by James Knowles, unusually modelled on the Italian villa style but with a domed hall rather than an open courtyard.[2]

King George III and later, Queen Victoria were both frequent visitors, with Baron Boston building the Hedsor Folly to commemorate King George's victory at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.[3]

Current[edit]

The present house was built in the Italianate style. The house is at the end of a kilometre-long private drive in an 85-acre (34-hectare) estate.[4] The surrounding park is Grade II listed on the English Heritage National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[5]

In 1934, Philip and Florence Shephard were given Hedsor House as their wedding present by Philip's father.

In the 1950s, Hedsor House was leased by the US Air Force as a Cold War military spy base.

The 1960s, the house was leased as a conference centre for International Computers Limited (ICL). Management courses were run by ICL with overnight accommodation in rooms in the house and in the stable yard. The company only leased the house and the immediate grounds for parking. The bulk of the site was out of bounds.

The house is now used for weddings and corporate events and run by the 4th generation of the Shephard family.[4]

Hedsor Park[edit]

Hedsor Park is the listed historic park that surrounds Hedsor House. Regularly visited by Queen Victoria, Hedsor Park is listed under English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England Grade II.[6]

Parties[edit]

The house has hosted many celebrity parties including for David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Elton John, Jason Statham, George Clooney, Keira Knightley amongst others.

In September 2008, Mark Ronson held his 33rd birthday at Madonna and Guy Ritchie’s pub The Punch Bowl,[7][8][9] Mayfair, London, and Hedsor House,[10][11] including Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Daisy Lowe, Nick Grimshaw, and The Kaiser Chiefs.

Filming[edit]

The house has been used as a film location for both television dramas and feature films including The Golden Compass and Spooks. It was used to represent The White House in The Special Relationship and Downing Street in The Day of the Triffids. It was also used for a MTV reality show The Girls of Hedsor Hall, based on the British reality series Ladette to Lady.[12] and the music videos for Jay Sean's song "Down" and Zara Larsson's song "Ain't My Fault". It featured Tom Hardy in the 2015 film Legend and in 2016 as the mansion to which George Clooney is taken when kidnapped in a Nespresso advert.

Quartet[edit]

It was also the location of Quartet,[13][14] a 2012 comedy drama film directed by Dustin Hoffman, based on the play by Ronald Harwood. It was filmed in its entirety at Hedsor House, in Autumn 2011. The film stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly. Hedsor House features as "Beecham House", the retirement home for professional musicians.[15]

Mortdecai[edit]

Hedsor House was also used as one of the locations for the 2015 film Mortdecai, an action comedy film directed by David Koepp which starred Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow.[16]

Awards[edit]

Hedsor House is registered as a wedding venue.[17][18] It was included in a list of "Top 10 Regal Wedding Venues in the UK" by The Times.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Hedsor House". Hedsor House. Archived from the original on 22 March 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  2. ^ "About Hedsor House & Grounds". Hedsor House. 2011. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  3. ^ Brenchley Wheals, Brian (1984). Theirs Were But Human Hearts A Local History of Three Thameside Parishes: Wooburn, Little Marlow and Hedsor. Bourne End, Buckinghamshire: H.S. Publishing. p. 85. ISBN 0-9509053-0-5.
  4. ^ a b "Hedsor House is open for business" (PDF). Britain Calling. VisitBritain: 22. February 2008. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Hedsor House: Description". Parks & Gardens UK. Parks & Gardens Data Services. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Hedsor Park". Great Parks of England. Parks and Gardens: 22. January 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  7. ^ "Punk rocker Jaime Winstone leads the fancy dress pack at Mark Ronson's". Evening Standard. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Mark Ronson's birthday party". Marie Claire. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  9. ^ Hardie, Beth (5 September 2008). "In pictures: Stars dress up for Mark Ronson's birthday party". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Hedsor House". Payne & Gunter. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  11. ^ Powell, Rosalind (6 November 2017). "The family home where George Clooney films, Mark Ronson parties and the drawing room is a makeshift Cabinet Office". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  12. ^ Cristina Kinon. "Donald Trump's 'Hall' seeks Tara Conner-fic comeback tale". New York Daily News. Retrieved 27 January 2009.
  13. ^ "IMDB - The Special Relationship Locations". Retrieved 19 January 2010.
  14. ^ "Dark Materials: Design and Locations of The Golden Compass". Visual Hollywood. 2007. Retrieved 27 April 2008.
  15. ^ "Hedsor House, Location of Dustin Hoffman's Quartet". www.hedsor.com. 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  16. ^ "Hedsor House used in the film Mortdecai (2015)". Hedsor House. 2015. Archived from the original on 21 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  17. ^ "Hedsor House Wedding Venue". Hitched. 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  18. ^ "Hedsor House Wedding venue". Bridebook. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  19. ^ "Top 10 Regal Wedding Venues in the UK". The Times (UK). 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011.

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