Knebwoth House, Knebworth


Knebworth House

Jones' views of the seats, mansions, castles, &c  1829

[before the Victorian "improvements"]


The house was described by Sir Henry Chauncy in 1700 as a large pile of brick with a fair quadrangle in the middle of it, seated upon a dry hill, in a fair large park, stocked with the best deer in the country, excellent timber and well wooded and from thence you may behold a most lovely prospect to the East.

There is an official Knebworth House web site and a Wikipedia Page

Views of the House by a selection of different Post Card Publishers

Knebworh House, Herts, Raaphael Tuck post card Knebworth House, Herts, early undivided back post card

Knebworth - Seat of Lord Lytton

Raphael Tuck & Sons "County" Postcard No 2271 "Hertfordshire"

Phototyped in Berlin - Undivided back - posted 1902



No Title -No publisher - undivided back - posted 1902 

(Sender incorrectly identifies it with Hatfield House)

Note the pool is different shape so this photograph must be earlier

Divided Backs

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire


Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, post card

Knebworth House

Published by E. Munnings, Hertford - back "Inland postage only


Knebworth House

[Blum & Degan] No 15609 - back "Inland use only"

Knebworth House


Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, post card

Knebworth House

Great Northern Railway "Stately Houses of England" Series

back circa 1910 with descriptive text


Knebworth House

The Ancestral home of the Lyttons

Rush & Warwick Art Printers, Bedford - posted 1908

Same Photographs - but different cards

Knebworth House


Knebworth House

Knebworth House

The Star Series - G. D. & D., London - Inland only back

 (Gottschalk, Dreyfus & Davis)


Knebworth House

[Star Logo] - G. D. & D., London - Inland only back

 (Gottschalk, Dreyfus & Davis)

Picture also used in Knebworth (Earl of Lytton) - "Yes or No" Series - Inland only back


The Commode Charles Dickens may have used at Knebworth House
from Hertfordshire Privies

Hertfordshire Genealogy



Knebworth House

Home of the Lytton family since 1492

English Life Publications, 1971

Glossy Booklet, 23.5 * 18 cm, 28 pages, packed with b/w & colour photographs


In addition to being a wonderful old mansion, with a great collection, and with royal connections, the house was the home of the 19th century author Bulwer Lytton. He wrote many novels including The Last Days of Pompeii. He was also a politician, and became Colonial Secretary in 1858, He was made Baron Lytton in 1866.

[The 1974 edition appears to be identical to the 1971 edition, apart from the addition of a junior name (Rosina Kim Lytton Cobbold) on the Lytton family tree.]



  • Introduction

  • The Banqueting Hall

  • The White Drawing Room

  • The Library

  • The Staircase

  • Bulwer Lytton

  • The State Drawing Room

  • The Minstrels' Gallery

  • The Falkland Room

  • The Hampden Room

  • Mrs Bulwer-Lytton's Bedroom

  • The Queen Elizabeth Room

  • The Building of Knebworth

  • Victorian Knebworth

  • The Owners of Knebworth

  • The Lyttons and the Cobbolds

The Lyttons of Knebworth (Family Tree from Sir Robert Lytton (d 1505) to the present)

November 2012   Page created using old information