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Wilton House is a county house in Wiltshire. It has been the country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years. Circa 1544 King Henry VIII granted the estate to William Herbert. Herbert married Anne Parr, sister of the future queen consort Catherine Parr. The 1st Earl of Pembroke built a Tudor house that only lasted 80 years. The 4th Earl pulled down the southern wing and erected a new complex of staterooms designed by Inigo Jones. In one of the staterooms hangs Wilton’s greatest treasure, a portrait by Rembrandt. The 11th Earl called upon James Wyatt in 1801 to modernize the house.
The original Great Hall of the Tudor house, the chapel and De Caus painted staircase were swept away. At the present time the 18th Earl of Pembroke (William Herbert) and his family live in the house. Wilton House has been used in multiple films and television productions including The Young Victoria, Mrs. Brown and Pride and Prejudice.
Wilton house is still in private ownership and is currently owned by the 18th Earl of Pembroke. It has been open to the public since 1951.
What Makes Wilton House Famous?
Wilton House has been described as being the best example of Palladian architecture in the UK, it’s Single and Double Cube Rooms have been described as being the finest staterooms in England and its collection of van Dyck paintings has been described as the best in the world. The country seat of the Earls of Pembroke for over 400 years, Wilton House is an architectural and artistic gem.
Wilton House in TV and Film
The Young Victoria (2009)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Mrs Brown (1997)
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
The Madness of King George (1994)
The Bounty (1984)
Blackadder (1986 TV Series)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
The Double Cube Room, Wilton House
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