Home of Buckinghamshire Gardens Trust’s patron David Gladstone.
In 1989 I was fortunate to meet Christopher Lamb, an architect who had worked with Donald Insall’s practice on the restoration of Wotton House under the guidance of the indefatigable Mrs Elaine Brunner who, in 1957, had purchased the main house and the adjoining Clock Pavilion, thus saving the house from demolition. At that time the house was empty, decaying, its fate in the hands of developers who planned to replace it with a housing estate.
The parish of Wotton Underwood had been home of the Grenville family for several centuries, but all the documentary evidence relating to the building of the original Wotton House, by Richard Grenville in 1704 – with the documentary evidence relating to the following 120 years – was destroyed when fire broke out in 1820.
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