Barrington Court, Somerset, the National Trust
property that was chosen to be one of the filming locations for Wolf Hall.
Although the estate had been occupied since the 11th century the
Tudor manor house was not built until the 1500’s. One of the early
owners, a Giles Daubney, was courtier, diplomat and
military commander under Edward IV and Henry VII.
Later Henry Daubney inherited the estate and was created Earl of Bridgewater
for his services to Henry VIII.
He eventually went bankrupt and was involved in the disgrace of Catherine
Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife so the state was forfeit to the crown.
It had various owners since then including Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk who
then sold it to the Cliftons
John Clifton was thought to be responsible for most of the
building work at Barrington .
By the early 19th century the property was almost derelict and Barrington Court
was acquired by the National Trust in 1907 and was leased to
Col. Abram Arthur Lyle of Tate & Lyle in the 1920's who
refurbished the court house and renovated Strode House (built in 1674) which
was originally a stable and coach block. It was at this time that the Lyles contracted
Gertrude Jekyll to design the three formal gardens on the property that are
now maintained by the head gardener.
The original stables were used as a location with Mark Rylance leaving his horse
in this amazing building. ( minus the wicker cow!)
The interiors are fitted with Colonel Lyle’s collection of
salvaged antique woodwork.
The house was one of the first large properties acquired by the National Trust, at that time
they did not realise just how extensive the repairs and maintenance would be, but do not
let this put you off visiting this property, its well worth a visit if you are in the area.