1 : Introduction to Stourhead
2 : Stourton Village
3 : Stourton Church

4 : Stourhead Gardens
5 : Stourhead Grotto
6 : Stourhead Pantheon

7 : Stable Yards and Kitchen Gardens
8 : Stourhead House

STOURHEAD is a 1,072 hectare (2,650 acre) estate at the source of the River Stour near Mere in Wiltshire, England. The estate has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1946.

The Stourton family, the Barons of Stourton, had lived in the Stourhead estate for 500 years until they sold it to Sir Thomas Meres in 1714. His son, John Meres, sold it to Henry Hoare I, the son of wealthy banker Sir Richard Hoare, in 1717.

The original manor house was demolished and a new house, one of the first of its kind, was designed by Colen Campbell and built by Nathaniel Ireson between 1721 and 1725.

Over the next 200 years the Hoare family collected many heirlooms, including a large library and art collection.

In 1902 the house was gutted by fire. However, many of the heirlooms were saved, and the house rebuilt in a near identical style.

The last Hoare family member to own the property, Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare (pictured right), gave the Stourhead house and gardens to the National Trust in 1946, one year before his death.

His sole heir and son, Captain "Harry" Henry Colt Arthur Hoare of the Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry, had died of wounds received at the Battle of Mughar Ridge in World War I on 13 November 1917.

The last Hoare family member to be born in the house was Edward Hoare on 11 October 1949.

The village of Stourton forms part of the estate.

MAP OF STOURHEAD (above) with Number References (below) :

1) Visitor Reception and Entrance
2) Walled Garden
3) Clock Arch
4) Stables
8) Holiday Cottages
9) Temple of Flora
11) Obelisk
13) Grotto
14) Gothic Cottage
15) Pantheon
16) Waterwheel and Cascade
17) Temple of Apollo
18) Palladian Bridge
19) Bristol Cross
20) St Peter's Church
21) Spread Eagle Inn
23) Restaurant
26) Road to Kilmington

INFORMATION provided on this website has been obtained and edited from a number of other websites and documents.
Particular thanks and acknowledgement is given to the National Trust, 'Britain Express' (Editor : David Ross) and 'Wikipedia'.

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