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Shockerwick House in Bathford, Somerset, England was built as a manor house around 1750 by John Wood, the Elder. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building. It is set in 7.7 hectares (19 acres) of parkland within the Bybrook River valley.

The site was a manor prior to its purchase in 1740, from the estate of Anthony Carew, by the Wiltshire family. The Wiltshires commissioned John Wood, the Elder to design the house and grounds. Thomas Gainsborough was a frequent visitor and painted several canvases in the orangery of the house including that of Edward Orpin, Parish Clerk of Bradford-upon-Avon which is now in the Tate. Another visitor was William Pitt the Younger who was at Shockerwick when he heard about Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.

In the 1880s the house was bought by Charles Morley the Member of Parliament for Breconshire. The house was altered in 1896 by Ernest George and Alfred B. Yeates.  The Morley family owned the house until 1955. In 1961 it was bought by Henry Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 9th Duke of Newcastle who sold it in 1970 to the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco company who used it as a training centre

 

 

HIGH SUMMER

 

 

Shockerwick House in Bathford, Somerset, England was built as a manor house around 1750 by John Wood, the Elder. It has been designated as a Grade I listed building. It is set in 7.7 hectares (19 acres) of parkland within the Bybrook River valley.

The site was a manor prior to its purchase in 1740, from the estate of Anthony Carew, by the Wiltshire family. The Wiltshires commissioned John Wood, the Elder to design the house and grounds. Thomas Gainsborough was a frequent visitor and painted several canvases in the orangery of the house including that of Edward Orpin, Parish Clerk of Bradford-upon-Avon which is now in the Tate. Another visitor was William Pitt the Younger who was at Shockerwick when he heard about Napoleon's victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.

In the 1880s the house was bought by Charles Morley the Member of Parliament for Breconshire. The house was altered in 1896 by Ernest George and Alfred B. Yeates.  The Morley family owned the house until 1955. In 1961 it was bought by Henry Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 9th Duke of Newcastle who sold it in 1970 to the W.D. & H.O. Wills tobacco company who used it as a training centre

 

 

comments (14)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 19 Aug 2018, 06:32
Quelle jolie vue sur ce manoir !
Chris: Thank you kindly Martine
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Aug 2018, 06:55
Some history there. I wonder if the house was filled with smoke during the days of ownership of the tobacco company?

I see that Henry Pelham-Cinton-Hope married Mary Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie; they could have ended up as Lord and Lady Pelham-Cinton-Hope-Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie.
Chris: It is as well then that they never took that final leap..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2018, 07:02
This image could make my sunday - Alan's comment is funny!
Chris: This lovely building, now a care home, is near Jackie's farm..
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England.
  • 19 Aug 2018, 07:08
Thomas Gainsborough is of course a Suffolk man.
Chris: I have no doubt whatever that you are right

You usually are

I hate you
Merci pour toutes ces explications j'aime beaucoup ta photo
Bonne journée
Chris: Thank you kindly Claudine
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 19 Aug 2018, 07:44
Ah, we have walked past that house twice this summer
Chris: This was taken on the occasion of the Box Nats walk Lisl
I bet the ceilings are nicotine stained
Chris: Doesn't bear thinking about..
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2018, 11:06
This is beautifully composed.
Chris: Thank you kindly Bonnie
Not only is the house beautiful but so is the wildflower meadow leading up to it.
Chris: Taken just prior to the very hot weather this summer
it's a stately looking house surrounded by wonderful trees Chris... good composition....petersmile
Chris: Thank you Peter
A fine house by the looks of it.
Chris: With a lot of interesting history too Tom
A fine setting for such a house, hard to believe it became a training centre for smokers, though Woodbines were an acquired taste to my recollection.
Chris: My father smoked un-tipped Woodbines all his life. And in the end they killed him..
I really like this photo - even without the interesting history!
Chris: Thank you very much Elizabeth
Your photo is really lovely and would make a lovely painting.

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