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Encyclopedia > Osterley Park
Osterley House with Stable Block to right
Osterley House with Stable Block to right
Design for the entrance facade of Osterley House by Robert Adam
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Design for the entrance facade of Osterley House by Robert Adam
A design for one of the walls of the Estruscan dressing room at Osterly Park by Robert Adam.
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A design for one of the walls of the Estruscan dressing room at Osterly Park by Robert Adam.

Osterley Park is a mansion set in a large park of the same name. It is now in the western suburbs of London, but when it was built it was in the country. It was one of a group of large houses close to London which served as country retreats for wealthy families, but were not true country houses on large agricultural estates. Other surviving country retreats of this type near London include Syon House and Chiswick House. The park is one of the largest open spaces in West London, though it is marred by the presence of the M4 motorway, which cuts across the middle of it. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1027x747, 123 KB)Osterley Park - taken March 2001 by User:DavidFarmbrough File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1027x747, 123 KB)Osterley Park - taken March 2001 by User:DavidFarmbrough File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Osterley_Park_-_main_facade. ... Image File history File links Osterley_Park_-_main_facade. ... Image File history File links Osterley_Park_-_design_for_the_Etruscan_room. ... Image File history File links Osterley_Park_-_design_for_the_Etruscan_room. ... An Australian park A park is any of a number of geographic features. ... The Houses of Parliament and the clock tower containing Big Ben Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... In Britain (and also in Ireland) the term country house generally refers to a large house which was built on an agricultural estate as the private residence of the landowner. ... Syon House and its 200 acre (800,000 m²) park is in southwest London, in England. ... Chiswick House Chiswick House is a Palladian villa in Burlington Lane, Chiswick, London W4, England. ... Greater London and the Regions of England. ... The M4 motorway is a motorway in the UK, which links London and west Wales via Bristol. ...


The original building on this site was a manor house built for banker Sir Thomas Gresham in the sixteenth century. It is known that Queen Elizabeth visited twice, on one occasion suggesting that a hedge would be a good idea in a certain location. It was built overnight! The stable block from this period remains at Osterley Park. A manor house is a country house, which has historically formed the centre of a manor (see Manorialism). ... Portrait by Anthonis Mor, c. ...


Two hundred years later the manor house was falling into disrepair, when it came into the ownership of Sir Francis Child, a goldsmith turned banker, as a result of a mortgage default. In 1761 he employed Robert Adam, who was just emerging as one of the most fashionable architects in England, to remodel the house. The house of red brick with white stone details and is approximately square, with turrets in the four corners. Adam's design, which incorporates some of the earlier structure, is highly unusual, and differs greatly in style from the original construction. One side is left almost open and is spanned by an ionic portico which is approached by a broad flight of steps and leads to a central courtyard, which is at piano nobile level. Kedleston Hall. ... From ancient Greece (Ionic) An Ionian is a member of one of the four great divisions of the ancient Greek people. ... Categories: Architectural elements | Stub ... Kedleston Hall. ...


Adam's neoclassical interiors are among his most notable sequences of rooms. Horace Walpole described the drawing room as, "worthy of Eve before the fall." The rooms are characterised by elaborate but restrained plasterwork and rich, highly varied colour schemes. Notable rooms include the entrance hall, which has large semi-circular alcoves at each end, and the Etruscan dressing room, which Adam said was inspired by the Etruscan vases in Sir William Hamilton's collection, illustrations of which had recently been published. Adam also designed some of the furniture, including the opulent domed state bed, which is still in the house. Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, more commonly known as Horace Walpole, (September 24, 1717 – March 2, 1797), was a politician, writer and forerunner of the Gothic revival. ... William Hamilton Sir William Douglas Hamilton (December 30, 1730–April 6, 1803) was a Scottish diplomat, antiquarian, archaeologist and volcanologist. ...


The Child family married into the family of the Earls of Jersey, and it was the 9th Earl who gave the house and much of the estate to the National Trust in 1949. It is now open to the public, and contains most of the original furniture in excellent condition. Earl of Jersey is a title in the Peerage of England. ... The standard of the National Trust The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as The National Trust, is a British preservation organization. ...


The grounds of Osterley Park were used for the training of the first members of the Local Defence Volunteers, who later became the British Home Guard in 1940. The Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) or Home Guard, was instituted by the British government during World War II to defend the UK in the event of an invasion by Germany. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ...


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External links

  • Osterley Park information at the National Trust
  • Osterley Park — a Gardens Guide review
  • Aerial photo and map
  • Drawings and photos


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