Wilton Abbey was originally a 9th century nunnery.
granted to the 1st Earl of Pembroke
He built the first Wilton House in the 1540s.
Wilton House was rebuilt by 4th Earl of Pembroke from 1635.
He set up formal gardens, and planted the Cedars of Lebanon.
Much of the old Wilton House was destroyed in a fire about 1647.
The 4th Earl carried on re-building.
The formal gardens were removed, and
grounds landscaped by the
He built the Palladian Bridge in 1737.
The Riding School was built by the 10th Earl in 1755.
Wilton was altered by the 11th Earl in 1801-1816.
Wilton House from the S.
3D view from Google Maps.
Detail of a view of Wilton House from the SE.
Painted between 1758 and 1760 by Richard Wilson.
Shows the new Palladian Bridge.
See larger and full size.
From Wikimedia Commons.
See also here and here.
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