Building record 1233400000 - DROPMORE, HEATHFIELD ROAD


Late eighteenth century country house called Dropmore built 1792-5 with early nineteenth century alterations, severely damaged by fire in 1990

Protected Status/Designation

  • Listed Building (I) 1317133: DROPMORE


Type and Period (1)

  • COUNTRY HOUSE (Built 1792-5, 18th Century to 19th Century - 1792 AD to 1809 AD)


Grade I. 1792-5 by Samuel Wyatt for Lord Grenville with alterations 1806-9 by C H Tatham. Gardens, Pinetum and Plantations designed and planted by Lord Grenville (died 1834) and Lady Grenville (died 1864). The Burnham/Taplow parish boundary passes through the house. Cement rendered and colourwashed; slate roof. ENTRANCE FACADE. 5 bays; 2 storeys except bays 2 and 4 which are of 3 and advanced somewhat. Central hexastyle single-storeyed portico with Tuscan columns. Ground floor with Tuscan pilasters supporting a triglyph entablature. Sash windows except in bays 2 and 4 which have tripartite windows with blank segmental arches over. 1st floor windows sashes except those of bays 2 and 4 which are tripartite and within moulded surrounds. The 3rd floor windows in bays 2 and 4 square sashes within moulded surrounds. Moulded cornice and blocking course. GARDEN FACADE. Wholly of 2 storeys and with 3 bows with shallow domed roofs. All along the ground floor, wooden trellis work with a conservatory between the bow windows on the right. This trellis work continues beyond the house on the left (SEE item 1/683). INTERIOR. Entrance hall with screen of
columns. Good plaster ceilings and fireplaces in several rooms. CL, 11 & 18 October 1956. To the right of the house, first, (SEE item 1/683) and of early C19 red brick. Against it on the S a lean-to with slate roof supported on decorative iron trellis work. Then, to the right of the house again, the stable yard. Early C19, considerably altered. Red brick; slate roof. Arched entrance with small wooden louvred cupola on skyline and clock facing into the yard. 2 storeyed ranges, that on the N with original horse stalls (B2).
Condition survey (B3).
Included in English Heritage's Buildings ar Risk Register. In 1999-2002 described as prorioty A: ''Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; no solution agreed'. In 2006 described as priority 3 (D): 'Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented'. In 2007-8 priority F: 'Repair scheme in progress and end use or user identified' (B8-13).
Buildings report held at NMR (B16)

Sources (28)

  • <1>SBC4637 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 1994. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England: Buckinghamshire. Part 4.
  • <3>SBC22164 Unpublished document: CgMs Consulting. 2004. Dropmore Estate: Description and Assessment of Significance.
  • <4>SBC22163 Unpublished document: CgMs Consulting. 2004. Dropmore House, Burnham: Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment.
  • <5>SBC22404 Graphic material: Daniel Forshaw. 2005. Measured survey drawings of garden loggia at Dropmore.
  • <5>SBC24655 Graphic material: Papa Architects. 2003. Measured survey drawings of the main house and associated buildings of the Dropmore Estate.
  • <5>SBC24656 Graphic material: Arena Property Services Limited. 2003. Measured tpographical survey of the Dropmore Estate.
  • <7>SBC22460 Unpublished document: Heritage Network. 2005. Dropmore Park, Burnham: Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Landscape Conservation Plan.
  • <8>SBC22671 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2006. English Heritage Register of Buildings at Risk 2006. p52.
  • <9>SBC19679 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 1999. English Heritage Register of Buildings at Risk 1999. p55.
  • <10>SBC19680 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2001. English Heritage Register of Buildings at Risk 2001. p58.
  • <11>SBC19681 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2002. English Heritage Register of Buildings at Risk 2002. p56.
  • <12>SBC22953 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2007. English Heritage Register of Buildings at Risk 2007. p50.
  • <13>SBC23138 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2008. Heritage at Risk Register 2008. p213.
  • <14>SBC23159 Article in serial: Charles Boot. 2008. 'The Gardens at Dropmore', in The Bucks Gardener 27/28 (Summer 2008) pp4-19. 27/28.
  • <15>SBC22842 Unpublished document: Stratascan. 2007. Geophysical Survey Report: Dropmore House, Buckinghamshire.
  • <16>SBC23358 Unpublished document: English Heritage. 2006. NMR Buildings Reports. BF060008.
  • <17>SBC23453 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2009. Heritage at Risk Register 2009: South East. p213.
  • <18>SBC23717 Unpublished document: Heritage Network. 2006. Proposed Access Road, Dropmore Park, Burnham.
  • <19>SBC23894 Bibliographic reference: John Claudius Loudon. 1990. In Search of English Gardens: The Travels of John Claudius Loudon and His Wife Jane.
  • <20>SBC24032 Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. 2011. Heritage at Risk Register 2011: South East.
  • <21>SBC24601 Digital archive: Historic England. 2015. Heritage at Risk Register 2015.
  • <22>SBC24775 Digital archive: Historic England. 2016. Heritage at Risk Register 2016.
  • <23>SBC24932 Digital archive: Historic England. 2017. Heritage at Risk Register 2017.
  • <24>SBC25083 Digital archive: Historic England. 2018. Heritage at Risk Register 2018.
  • <25>SBC25245 Digital archive: Historic England. 2019. Heritage at Risk Register 2019.
  • <26>SBC25497 Digital archive: Historic England. 2020. Heritage at Risk Register 2020.


Grid reference SU 92674 86025 (point) (Exact)
Civil Parish TAPLOW, South Bucks, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (4)

Related Events/Activities (4)

  • Event - Survey: Building Survey (EBC17761)
  • Event - Intervention: Evaluation trial trenching (Ref: HN547) (EBC16626)
  • Event - Survey: Site visit (EBC13597)
  • Event - Survey: Topographical survey of the Dropmore Estate (Ref: 01133) (EBC17762)

Record last edited

Sep 29 2021 2:18PM

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