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Latitude: 51.8424 / 51°50'32"N
Longitude: -0.9373 / 0°56'14"W
OS Eastings: 473311
OS Northings: 216514
OS Grid: SP733165
Mapcode National: GBR C11.HVN
Mapcode Global: VHDTW.PYWG
Entry Name: Waddesdon Manor
Listing Date: 21 December 1967
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1117804
English Heritage Legacy ID: 42275
Location: Waddesdon, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, HP18
District: Aylesbury Vale
Civil Parish: Waddesdon
Traditional County: Buckinghamshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire
Church of England Parish: Waddesdon with Over Winchendon and Fleet Marston
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
10/128 Waddesdon Manor
Mansion. 1874-83, by Hippolyte Alexandre Destailleur, for Baron
Ferdinand de Rothschild. Bath stone, steeply pitched slate roofs.
In the style of a C16 French chateau, incorporating elements from
Blois, Maintenon, Chambord and Chaumont. Approximately E-plan
with circular staircase towers in angles with side wings. Other round
towers to front of N.E. wing and to rear at S.W. corner. Small wing
added to S.W. 1889; Service wing attached to N.E. with Bachelors' wing
altered 1890s by Andre Destailleur, to rear. 2 storeys and attic.
Main range has 7 bays articulated by paired pilasters, entablatures, and
parapet with wave ornament and large carved urn finials. Ground floor
has arched windows, balustraded aprons, and Composite pilasters. First
floor has stone mullion and transom windows, and panelled aprons and
pilasters. Attic dormers with flanking festoon scrolls and elaborate
gables. Tall panelled chimneys with segmental pediments on scroll
modillion cornices. Centre bay has projection with rusticated quoins
and separate pavilion roof, the first floor with French doors between
Composite columns, the attic having an elaborate dormer with oculus in
cartouche, swan-neck pediment on paired scrolls, and urn finial. Ground
floor has projecting porch with segmental arches, paired Composite columns,
and strapwork parapet with urn finials and central heraldic crest.
Domed staircase towers with spiral balustrades, the attic storey with
carved terms. Side wings have panelled pilasters, entablatures,
mock machicolations below plain attic storeys, and very steep pavilion
roofs with parapets and tall urn finials. Round tower to left with
steep conical roof. 1889 extension to right is similar to side wings
but with elaborate doorway and bay window in decorated Gothic style to
rear. Fine S.E. front, the end bays and centre-piece with arched windows
and Composite columns. Interior: Entrance hall and oval vestibule are of
stone with coffered vaults, niches,carved cartouches and marble architrave
frames to doors. Flanking Galleries, small Library and West Hall have
panelling incorporating carved mid C18 French boiseries from demolished
Parisian houses. Breakfast Room at E. end, and Grey Drawing Room have more
complete panelling of similar origin, in delicate Rococo style, with large
mirrors and carved marble fireplaces. Late C19 plaster ceilings with
richly decorated coves. Dining Room is late C19 with grey marble panelling
framing C18 French mirrors and pair of tapestries. C19 white marble
fireplace with lamp-holding putti seated on the mantelshelf. Similarly
panelled ante-room with 2 carved marble basins and access to conservatory.
Red Drawing Room, to centre, has painted ceiling canvas of 1725 by Jacob de
Wit, showing Apotheosis of Hercules, in elaborate C19 gilt cornice. Same
room has wood and gilt carved doorcases, one with marble relief of
Louis XIV's son The Grand Dauphin. Octagonal room in S.W. tower is fitted
with later C18 French wooden arcading and marble gilt fireplace. Similar
fireplaces in adjacent Baron's Room and room above. Stone spiral staircases
in the manner of Chambord with decoratively panelled newel. 4 bedrooms
on the first floor have more mid C18 French panelling, as does the very
fine Green Boudoir, green and gilt, with large opposing mirrors and
pink marble fireplace. N.E. wing has mezzanine room with panelling and
fireplace of similar date, and access to Bachelor Wing decorated in
heavier Renaissance style. Smoking room has painted beam ceiling, heavily
carved wooden doorcases and carved wooden fireplace with ceramic tiles
and display cabinet above. Billiard room has elaborate marble fireplace,
C17 and imitation French panelling, and depressed barrel vault with stone
ribs and large modillion scrolls.
House now belongs to National Trust.
(National Trust Guide to Waddesdon Manor. Anthony Blunt, Apollo, June 1977,
p.409-15, "Destailleur at Waddesdon.")
Listing NGR: SP7331116514
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