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Wilton House

Wilton House, at the village of Wilton, just W of Salisbury, Wiltshire.
See wider map and close-up satellite view. See other map.
The house is on the N bank of the River Nadder.

Wilton House. E facade.
Photo 2003. See full size.

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 1st Earl of Pembroke by 1544.
He built the first Wilton House 1540s.
Wilton House was rebuilt by 4th Earl of Pembroke from 1635.
He set up formal gardens, and planted the Cedars of Lebanon.

Formal gardens removed, and grounds landscaped by 9th Earl in mid-1700s.
He built the Palladian Bridge 1737.
The Riding School was built by 10th Earl 1755.
Wilton altered by 11th Earl 1801-16.

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

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

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

Wilton House, the N facade (the modern entrance)

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.
3D view from Google Maps.

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

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

Wilton House. S facade on left, E facade on right.
Photo 2003. See full size.


Wilton House from a drone.

Movie scenes shot in Wilton

Many movie scenes have been shot in Wilton. Movies especially like using the Double Cube Room with group portrait.

Movies arranged by the film director, the 17th Earl:

  1. Lady Caroline Lamb (1972).
  2. Romance with a Double Bass (1974) written by John Cleese.
  3. Barry Lyndon (1975) by Stanley Kubrick.

  4. The Return of a Man Called Horse (1976) starring Richard Harris
    • Includes outdoor scene of S front from river with Palladian Bridge, also Double Cube Room with group portrait, all before opening credits.

  5. A Voyage Round my Father (1982) by John Mortimer.
  6. The Bounty (1984) with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins.

  7. The Madness of King George (1994).

  8. Sense and Sensibility (1995) with Emma Thompson.
    • Includes ball scene in Double Cube Room with group portrait.

  9. Mrs. Brown (1997).
    • Has Queen Victoria at her desk, in Double Cube Room with group portrait.

Movies and TV arranged under the 18th Earl:

  1. Pride & Prejudice (2005) with Keira Knightley.

  2. The Young Victoria (2009).

  3. The Crown (TV series, 2016 on).
    • Double Cube Room used for Buckingham Palace interior.

  4. Emma (2020).
    • Many shots. Wilton exterior. Palladian Bridge. Double Cube Room.

  5. Bridgerton (TV series, 2020).
    • Double Cube Room. Palladian Bridge. Courtyard.
    • This is a bizarre woke history show, where half of Regency London is black.
    • It showcases the crackpot theory that Queen Charlotte was black.
    • The 10th Earl was a Lord of the Bedchamber to George III, while his wife was the principal lady-in-waiting to Queen Charlotte. The 10th Earl and his wife would have been utterly baffled by this show.

Clip from The Bounty (1984).
Shows Double Cube Room with group portrait.

The ball scene in Sense and Sensibility (1995).
Shows Double Cube Room with group portrait.

Filming of Pride & Prejudice (2005) at Wilton and other locations.

Trailer for Emma (2020).
Wilton features as Donwell Abbey, seat of Mr. Knightley.


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