Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1117804

Date first listed: 21-Dec-1967

Statutory Address: WADDESDON MANOR


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Statutory Address: WADDESDON MANOR

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County: Buckinghamshire

District: Aylesbury Vale (District Authority)

Parish: Waddesdon

National Grid Reference: SP 73311 16514


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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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Legacy System number: 42275

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Books and journals
Guide to Waddesdon Manor
Blunt, A, Destailleur at Waddesdon, (1977), 409-15
Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, Part 4 Buckinghamshire,

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