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Stourhead

The Palladian villa of Stourhead was built in 1721-4 by Colen Campbell for Henry Hoare, a London banker. Henry Hoare II, who together with his architect Henry Flitcroft was responsible for Stourhead’s spectacular garden, brought together the nucleus of the present collection of paintings and sculpture. In 1792 Richard Colt Hoare added two pavilions to Campbell’s original house, one for the picture collection and the other for his library. After a fire damaged the main block in 1902, a local architect made a series of unsound alterations. The roof timbers began to sag and Sir Aston Webb, the designer of Admiralty Arch and the east front of Buckingham Palace, was called in to remedy the situation. Inside, there is a mixture of Neo-classical decoration and heavy Edwardian plasterwork.

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Address:
near Mere,
Wiltshire,
England,
BA12 6QF

Telephone: 01747 841152

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

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Stourhead, Wiltshire (Accredited Museum)

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The Palladian villa of Stourhead House, built and modified by generations of the Hoare family, is the centre piece of the world famous landscape garden. Held within its walls are significant collections of furniture, designed by Chippendale the Younger, and paintings collected by Henry Hoare I and Richard Colt Hoare on their Grand Tours. Of the many people in Stourhead’s history, one man overcame grief to create this living work of art.

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