Rating: 8,3/10 (2022 votes)Wilton House is located in Wiltshire and is owned by the Herbert family, the Earls of Pembrokes. It is they who have owned the palace and the adjacent lands for four and a half centuries, from the moment when King Henry VIII granted the then Wilton Abbey to the first local Earl William Herbert. I must say that the abbey was very ancient and by that time it was almost completely destroyed. On its ruins, the 1st Earl of Pembroke built a late Gothic palace that looked more like a castle. By the 1630s, it was hopelessly outdated and redesigned in the spirit of the architect Palladio. Only the entrance tower has survived to this day. The new project was created by the architect Inigo Jones, although, according to conversations, it was mainly another master, Jones' assistant, French Isaac Deco, who brought it to life. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Wilton House will have to be rebuilt and completed many times, as, for example, after a major fire in 1647. In the interior of this building, the numerous works of famous painters are especially striking: Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Del Sarto, Leli, etc. , this attempt cannot be called too successful. A significant contribution to the design and improvement of Wilton House was made by Ekaterina Semyonovna Vorontsova, a Russian princess who became a countess, having married the 11th Earl of Pembroke, George Herbert. Also, few people know that in the suburb of St. Petersburg Tsarskoye Selo there is a bridge, which was made by order of Catherine II and which almost completely repeats the Palladium Bridge that adorns Wilton House Park. The estate also hosted a number of films that needed the atmosphere of an English palace. These are the films Barry Lyndon, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, etc.
We also recommend reading Knowle House UK
Topic: Wilton House UK.