Stanway House

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Stanway House
Stanway House is located in Gloucestershire
Stanway House
Stanway House
Stanway House in Gloucestershire

Stanway House is a Jacobean manor house, located near the village of Stanway in Gloucestershire, England. The manor of Stanway was owned by Tewkesbury Abbey for 800 years then for 500 years by the Tracy family and their descendants, the Earls of Wemyss and March.

Stanway House, originally constructed in the late 16th and early 17th century for the Tracy family, is a Grade I listed building.[1] The principal rooms are in a long south-facing range forming an L-shape with the hall, unlike the usual Tudor house plan of a central hall. The north-east wing, remodelled in 1913 by Detmar Blow, was demolished in 1948. The kitchen court was designed by William Burn in 1859. The Gatehouse was built in about 1630.

The then Lord Neidpath, now the 13th Earl of Wemyss and March, has pursued a program of restoration for a number of years.

The estate[edit]

The gardens are Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[2] The estate brewery, an original Elizabethan feature has, with the permission of Lord Neidpath, recently been re-established.[3]

Cutsdean Quarry, which is a nature reserve and designated a Key Wildlife Site (KWS) in the Cotswolds, is part of the Stanway Estate.[4]

The fountain[edit]

The fountain

Stanway House is also home to the Stanway Fountain, which was opened on 5 June 2004. The single-jet fountain, which rises to over 300 feet (91 m), is the tallest fountain in Britain (seconded by Witley Court at 121 feet (37 m)), the tallest gravity fountain in the world (seconded by the Fountain of Fame at La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, Spain at 153 feet (47 m)), and the second tallest fountain in Europe, after the 400 feet (120 m) high turbine-driven fountain in Lake Geneva.

The fountain has a 2 inches (5.1 cm) bronze nozzle and is driven from a 100,000-gallon reservoir, 580 feet (180 m) above the canal in which it is situated. The 12 inches (30 cm) diameter pipe which feeds the fountain is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) long.[5] The fountain is operated by remote control.[citation needed]

Family use and media[edit]

The house is the home of James Charteris, 13th Earl of Wemyss and his wife, drug policy reformer Amanda Feilding. It also the family home of Fielding's son, Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council’s deputy leader Rock Feilding-Mellen, who has been involved in the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.[6]

In the Jeeves and Wooster TV series, Twing Hall was filmed at Stanway House for the episode "The Purity of the Turf".[citation needed] Interiors for the 2004 film Vanity Fair were shot there.[7] It was also used for The Christmas Candle.[8][9] In the Season 5 Episode 2 "The Labyrinth of the Minotaur" of Father Brown the house features as the home of the Malmort family, the location of the maze.[citation needed]



  1. ^ Historic England. "Stanway House (134908)". National Heritage List for England.
  2. ^ Historic England, "Stanway House (1000480)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 9 February 2016
  3. ^ "Stanway Brewery". Stanway Brewery. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  4. ^ "Cotswold District Local Plan, Appendix 2, Key Wildlife Sites". Archived from the original on 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  5. ^ ""The Fountain" at". 2004-06-05. Retrieved 2013-10-12.
  6. ^ "Londoner's Diary: K&C's Rock Feilding-Mellen avoids family estate bash". London Evening Standard. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Vanity Fair". The Castles and Manor Houses of Cinema's Greatest Period Films. Architectural Digest. January 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "The Cotswolds on Film - Movies". Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  9. ^ "The Christmas Candle (2013)". Retrieved 3 July 2017.

Other sources[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Stanway House at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 51°59′24″N 1°54′44″W / 51.9899°N 1.9122°W / 51.9899; -1.9122