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Wilton House

Wilton House, the seat of the Earls of Pembroke.
At the village of Wilton, just W of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
See map and satellite view. See
The house is on the N bank of the River Nadder.

Wilton House. The S facade.
Photo 2014. See full size. From here.

Wilton Abbey was originally a 9th century nunnery.
Replaced by 12th century Abbey. Benedictine nuns.
Wilton Abbey was dissolved 1536 in the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

It was granted to the 1st Earl of Pembroke by 1544.
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 9th Earl in 1730s-1740s.
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.

Gardens and fountains were added by the 17th Earl.
Wilton is still seat of the Earl of Pembroke.


Wilton House, the N facade (the modern entrance)

Wilton House, the E facade (containing the Clock Tower)

Wilton House, the S facade (facing the bridge and the river)



The Palladian Bridge

The Cedars of Lebanon

Movie scenes shot in Wilton


Wilton House.
From 1887 map. Surveyed 1877 to 1879.

Wilton House.
Entrance to N. Palladian Bridge to S.
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From Google Maps.
See street view of N entrance.

Wilton House from the S.
3D view from Google Maps.

Wilton House from the air. From the W.
Photo 2006. See full size.
From Neil Gotadoro. Used with permission.


Historical images


"Topographical View of Wilton", c.1710, by Leonard Knijff.
From Meister Drucke art prints.
This shows the old formal gardens laid out by the 4th Earl in the 1630s.
These were to the S of the house. Later replaced by landscaped gardens by 9th Earl.

View of Wilton.
From p.39 of vol.2 (1904) of English literature; an illustrated record.

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.

Wilton House, 1870.
See full size.
From Liam Quin's "Pictures From Old Books" site.


Wilton House from a drone.



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