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Description: Crabbet Park
Date Listed: 27 September 1962
English Heritage Building ID: 302896
OS Grid Reference: TQ3066637365
OS Grid Coordinates: 530666, 137365
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1207, -0.1344
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WORTH TURNERS HILL ROAD
TQ 33 NW 2/534 27/9/62
Occupied by the Blunt family from the C18 to the C20. The house was rebuilt
in its present form in 1873 in real neo-Queen Anne, but pre-Norman Shaw/Queen Anne,
style and was designed by Lady Anne Blunt, the granddaughter of Byron, and her
husband, Wilfred Scawen Blunt, the post, politician, traveller and breeder of
Arab horses. It was occupied by them until their deaths in 1917 and 1922
respectively and after that by their daughter, Lady Wentworth. It was the scene
of the famous Crabbet Club in the early years of the C20, of which all the leading
politicians and other prominent people were members. It was also here that
Wilfred Scawen Blunt, who was the first man to import and breed Arab horses into
England, had his stud.
The building is L-shaped. Red brick with stone window dressings, quoins, string-
course, cornice and balustraded parapet. Two storeys. The entrance front faces
north. Nine windows. The 3 centre window-bays project and are flanked by quoins
with a pediment over containing a round window set in a stone surround like a
star. Casement windows of 4 sections set in moulded stone architrave surrounds.
Doorway in similar surround with curved pediment over and double door of 8
fielded panels set at the head of 8 steps with curving stuccoed balustrade.
The east or garden front has 7 windows. the 3 centre ones project with pediment
over containing a large lunette window and on the ground floor a large curved
bay of 3 windows with balustrade over and 9 semi-circular steps leading up to
the bay. Grade I for the architectural importance of the house in the development
of C19 architecture and for its associations with Wilfred Scawen Blunt and his
Listing NGR: TQ3066637365
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Source: English Heritage
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