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Shardeloes House

Shardeloes House - © Sir John JohnsonBuilt for an important local family in the 18th century, Shardeloes House near Amersham is an imposing building which has had many uses over the years.

Shardeloes House is the ancestral home of the Tyrwhitt Drake family, Lords of the Manor of Amersham. They prospered during the 16th-19th centuries as a result of advantageous marriages.

William Drake acquired the Manors of Amersham and Shardeloes in 1632 and built a house. William Drake, MP for Amersham (a descendant) rebuilt it between 1758 and 1767. Designed by architects Stiff Leadbetter/Robert Adam, later, its exterior was altered by Wyatts (1773-85). The House is made of brick, stuccoed. It has a portico of Portland stone and Corinthian columns. The surrounding park was designed by Repton between 1793-4.

During the 19th and 20th centuries the fortunes of the Tyrwhitt Drakes declined, mainly as a result of having to pay high death duties, and they had to sell off many of their properties. During World War II Shardeloes House was used as a maternity hospital for women from London and over 5000 babies were born there. It was sub-divided into flats 1959-65.

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Located 1.5 miles west of Amersham overlooking the Misbourne Valley and A413

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What you can visit

No public access to house. A footpath crosses Lower Park beside the lake and gives excellent views.

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