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TYRINGHAM HALL

Tyringham Hall was designed by Sir John Soane in 1792 for William Praed, renowned banker and MP. Soane is internationally regarded as one of the greatest architects of the neo-classical period. Tyringham was one of a series of new country houses designed by Soane, and the largest of the new villas constructed when his idiosyncratic style had fully matured.

Sir John Soane records in his memoirs “this villa, with its numerous offices, greenhouses, hothouses, extensive stabling, a great bridge, and the gateway and lodges were completed and occupied in the year 1797, after having engaged a large proportion of six of the most happy years of my life”.

The copper dome to the main house and the French Boiseries were later editions, easily contrasting with the predominately Greek style of the original building. In the 1920’s, the then owner, Frederick Konig, commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to construct the substantial outdoor swimming pool (now the ornamental pond), the bathing pavilion, the Temple of Music and the extensive landscaping. The Temple of Music received a gold medal for design around 1934 and both pavilions are unique to this country. To each side of the elegant, round basin between the two ornamental ponds are two pillars with leopard statues, designed by William Macmillan. Macmillan also designed the fountain to the front elevation of the house featuring Diana and Apollo.

Following Konig’s death in 1940, Tyringham became a maternity home during World War II and was subsequently purchased by the Australia and New Zealand Bank as a weekend club. In 1966, Tyringham Hall was sold to a Trust headed by Sir Maurice Laing and the Tyringham Naturopathic Clinic was opened in 1967 by Sydney Rose-Neil.

Anton Bilton purchased the property in 2001 and made extensive improvements throughout the house which have been enormously sympathetic to the original design.

Tyringham Hall has thus been transformed back into the excellent home that Sir John Soane originally intended.

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