West Lawn

West Lawn

 

The Domesday Book of 1086 records the tenant-in-chief of Dyrham as William FitzWido (William son of Guy, Latinised as Willelmus Filius Widonis). In 1086 he held 7 hides in Dyrham, formerly the land of Aluric. He had formerly held also 3 hides of this manor which Durand de Pitres, Sheriff of Gloucester, had given to Pershore Abbey, by the King's command. These had apparently been given to Turstin FitzRolf by "Earl William", presumably William FitzOsbern, 1st Earl of Hereford. The manor then passed into the extensive fiefdom of Wynebald de Ballon, a magnate from Maine, France, who supported King William Rufus, and appears to have arrived in England with his brother Hamelin de Ballon between 1086 and 1088. Virtually the whole of Wynebald's fiefdom had formerly been held by Turstin FitzRolf, standard bearer to William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings, who appears to have rebelled against William II and been banished.

 

The house is set in 274 acres (1.1 km²) of gardens and parkland. The west front of 1692 was commissioned from the Huguenot architect, Samuel Hauduroy, and the east front of 1704 from William Talman, architect of Chatsworth, by William Blathwayt, who was Secretary at War to William III. Because of Blathwayt’s royal connections, and his influential uncle, Thomas Povey, Dyrham became a showcase of Dutch decorative arts. The collection includes delftware, paintings and furniture. 18th century additions include furniture by Gillow and Linnell. The interiors have remained little altered since decorated by Blathwayt. The Blathwayt family lived at the house until 1956.

 

Disabled parking in the main car park. A wheelchair-accessible shuttle bus from car park to house, garden, tea-room and shop operates when house/basement is open. Adapted toilets in visitor car park and near the house. Braille and large print guides available. There are five wheelchairs available to borrow - please ask at reception. The House has 11 steps to the main entrance, but there is alternative step-free wheelchair access to the ground and basement levels. Electric wheelchairs aren't admitted to house due to the fragile floors. The ground floor has uneven flooring. The first floor is accessible by stairs only. Garden - many accessible routes, some steep slopes. Cobbled courtyard and gravel paths. Assistance dogs are welcome.

 

Location : Dyrham, near Bath, Gloucestershire, SN14 8ER

Transport: Bath Spa (National Rail) then taxi. Bus Routes : No bus service.

Opening Times : Daily 11:00 to 17:00.

Tickets : Adults £11.20;  Children £5.80

Tickets Garden Only: Adults £4.60;  Children £2.30

Tel: 0117 937 2501