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Wardour, Wiltshire

Historical Description

Wardour, a parish in Wiltshire, 2½ miles WSW of Tisbury station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Tisbury, under Salisbury. Acreage, 2015; population, 861. Wardour Castle is the seat of Lord Arundel of Wardour; was built in 1776-89; is in the Grecian style, with a centre and crescent wings; has a rotunda staircase, 144 feet round; contains a rich collection of paintings and other works of art, and stands in a finely wooded park about 5 miles in circuit. The manor passed from the Walerans to the St Martins. An ancient castle, now in ruins, was built by John, Lord Lovell in 1392; it passed through Lord Lovell, Lord Audley, and Lord Willoughby de Broke, and others, to the Arundells; was the birthplace of Lord Chief-Justice Hyde, of the 16th century; and was besieged, captured, and ruined in the Civil Wars of Charles I. The living is annexed to Tisbury.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP3
Post TownSalisbury