Wykehurst Place

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Coordinates: 51°00′22″N 0°12′22″W / 51.006°N 0.206°W / 51.006; -0.206

The south face of Wykehurst Park

Wykehurst Place (or Park) is a Gothic Revival mansion in Bolney, West Sussex, England, resembling more the châteaux of the Loire[1] than an English manor house. It was designed in 1871 by architect Edward Middleton Barry for the banker of German extraction, Henry Huth, MP (1815-1878), a bibliophile and collector of paintings.[2] At the time of construction (1871-74) it cost £35,000.[3] Its turrets, arches, conical roofs, and many architectural devices give it the appearance of a fairytale mansion.[4] The East lodge[5] fronts the main London-Brighton road. The large black entrance gates are fashioned in wrought iron. Massive griffins with spread wings perch on either side of the gates. The entrance to the property leads down a pebble drive to a grassed patio surrounding the house, descending from a 280-foot terrace to a garden and lawn at the back.

The mansion's exterior— "decaying at the time of writing" Nicholas Pevsner observed in 1965[6]— and grounds have appeared in a number of films dating back to the late 1960s, including Oh! What a Lovely War, Demons of the Mind, The Legend of Hell House, The Eagle Has Landed, and Holocaust 2000, among others.[7]

The acclaimed Iranian writer and film maker Ebrahim Golestan has owned and lived in this park ever since the 1980s.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Buildings for Bluestockings, by Margaret Birney Vickery, 139 ISBN 0-87413-697-0, ISBN 978-0-87413-697-5
  2. ^ His Portrait of Queen Isabel de Borbón, Queen of Spain by Diego Velázquez had come from the Spanish royal collection to Louis Philippe ("Spanish Paintings from El Greco to Picasso", (exhibition catalogue) p. 13).
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved February 18, 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.yourlocalweb.co.uk/west-sussex/bolney/pictures/
  5. ^ Geograph photo
  6. ^ Pevsner, Sussex (Buildings of England) 1965, s.v. ""Bolney".
  7. ^ "TV mansion saved from bulldozer".