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
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.
He died 1650.
Re-building completed 1653.
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.
From 1887 map. Surveyed 1877 to 1879.
Wilton House from the S.
3D view from Google Maps.
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