Hinton House

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Hinton House c. 1800

Hinton House is a large country house near Hinton St George in Somerset, England.

History[edit]

The house started life as a medieval hall house and was rebuilt around 1500 by Sir Amias Paulet.[1] Alterations were made for successive Lords Poulett by Matthew Brettingham, John Soane, James Wyatt, and Jeffry Wyattville.[2] The Tower House was added around 1814.[3]

The design of the south front is based on Inigo Jones's Banqueting House in Whitehall.[2] The South Range is Grade II* listed.[4]

The former stable block which was built in the late 18th century, designed by John Soane, is also a Grade II listed building.[5]

Immediately south of the main house is a sunken garden, surrounded by low open balustrading.[6]

During the Second World War, the house was used by the St Felix School for Girls, evacuated from Felixstowe.[7] The estate was broken up in August 1968, when it was sold by the childless 8th and last Earl Poulett. The house itself was divided into several flats.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hinton House". Parks and Gardens UK. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Robinson, p.123
  3. ^ "Tower House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hinton House, South Range". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wyatts Court". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Walls enclosing sunken garden immediately south of Hinton House". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Robinson, p.124

Coordinates: 50°54′29″N 2°49′44″W / 50.908°N 2.829°W / 50.908; -2.829