in the Parish of

St Michaels (St Albans)


The Tudor House of Gorhambury
For details of its construction see Bricks: Gorhambury

London: Published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, Poultry, Aug 1, 1803
Engraved by J. Greig from a painting by G. Arnald
For the Beauties of England & Wales


 Of Sir Nicholas Bacon's mansion of 1568 the porch and masonry of the Hall and one projecting wing survive. The Porch is a would-be classical composition with Tuscan attached columns flanking the entrance arch on the ground floor, and Ionic columns and niches flanking the two-light flanking windows. It led to the screens passage. The dais end of the Hall is marked by a large window.

In 1777 a new house was begun by the third Viscount Grimston. The architect was Sir Robert Taylor. The house is ashlar-faced and has a grand Corinthian portico raised on a plinth with broad outer staircase and three windows on each side ... [The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire]

  Printed Sources
The Grimstons of Gorhambury
Gorhambury Guide Book
Early Stuart Household Accounts
A Gentleman's life in Soho and St Albans, 1660-1689 - The Gorhambury Account Books for Sir Harbottle Grimston in Herts Past & Present
Web Sites
Wikipedia: Old Gorhambury House; Nicholas Bacon; Francis Bacon; Earl of Verulam
St Albans History contains many relevant items

The Gorhambury Estate & Leverstock Green

Gorhambury, the Bacon Family and the 8 Shakespeare Quartos

Visitor Information
Other Information

Old News: Archery Meeting at St Albans in 1829

Manor Rental of Gorhambury, St Michaels, St Albans, 1655

Selected Answers

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St Albans, Gorhambury  Ruins of Lord Bacon's House 
card numbered 23285posted 1902


Gorhambury Ruins

Postcard painted by Sydbie

(Seat of Lord Viscount Grimston) 
Published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, Poultry, June 1, 1806
Engraved by J Greig from a drawing by E Shepherd
For the Beauties of England & Wales

Gorhambury House W.
Published by Boots
Undated - circa 1920??


 Lord Kitchener inspecting the troop at St Albans, September 1914

Lord Kitchener inspecting the troops on the Gorhambury Estate, September 1914

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November 2011   Significant restructuring with separate book pages
January 2012   Sydbie picture of ruins
September 2012   Page reformatted
May 2014   Link to new Kitchener page