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Park House (Cheshire Home for the Disabled), Ampthill Park

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ampthill, Central Bedfordshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0404 / 52°2'25"N

Longitude: -0.5045 / 0°30'16"W

OS Eastings: 502670

OS Northings: 239058

OS Grid: TL026390

Mapcode National: GBR G38.57X

Mapcode Global: VHFQM.6ZN5

Entry Name: Park House (Cheshire Home for the Disabled), Ampthill Park

Listing Date: 17 July 1951

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1137595

English Heritage Legacy ID: 37308

Location: Ampthill, Central Bedfordshire, MK45

County: Central Bedfordshire

Civil Parish: Ampthill

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Ampthill

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text

1.
774 Park House
(Cheshire Home for
Disabled), Ampthill Park
TL 0239 5/2 17.7.51

II*


2.
Mansion built in 1694 for John, First Baron Ashburnham.
Main block, originally brick, of 3 storeys below a modillion cornice. Tiled
mansard roof with square dormers. 11 windows the central 3 in slight projection
beneath pediment. Widely splayed perron leads up to classical doorway
in centre of the piano nobile. In continuation of this storey run pilastered
wings connecting 2 rectangular blocks (4 windows by 4 windows) also of
only 2 storeys and beneath (later) hipped slate roofs, standing forward
of the main block. Early parts by Captain Wynn, designer of original Buckingham
House. Influence, if not authorship, of Wren, who was engaged on work
in Ampthill, is apparent. (All Souls drawing 1.84 reproduced in Wren Society,
Vol XII, p1 XIV, strongly resembles). Chambers remodelled the side blocks,
adding a 3-sided bay to the outer flank of north-east block, and much of
the main block, encasing the whole house in stucco. VCH page 27O. Lady
Holland, Whig political and literary hostess, lived here 1818-45.


Listing NGR: TL0267039058

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