Spectacular 17th-century house with original interiors and restored formal gardens
Ham House is unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th-century fashion and power. One of a series of palaces and grand houses along the banks of the Thames, it was built in 1610 and enlarged in the 1670s, when it was at the heart of Restoration court life and intrigue. It was then occupied by the same family until 1948. The formal garden is significant for its survival within the area known to be the cradle of the English Landscape Movement. The outbuildings include an orangery, ice house, still house and dairy with cast iron ‘cows legs’ supporting marble slabs
Name and credits for images of Ham House
Description of image – A bust in a niche of the garden wall at Ham House has a snowy cap, with hedges and grass covered in snow in the foreground.
Description of image – The South front of Ham house, built 1610, reconstructed, enlarged and re-fenestrated 1672-74, with thick snow on the lawn.
Credit for photograph: Rupert Truman
Copyright: ©NTPL/Rupert Truman
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