UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE
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Upton House is now owned and managed by the National Trust.
We have organised a private tour of the House and afterwards there will be free time to wander around the gardens.
The booking form and Fact Sheet can be found at the right hand side of this page.
If for any reason you are unable to print off the booking slip then please write the required information on a sheet of paper and include with your cheque.
Places will be confirmed by email, or by telephone if not on email.
More Information about Upton House
The house was built on the site of the hamlet of Upton, which was destroyed in about 1500 when the land was cleared for pasture. The estate passed through various hands until the early 16th century when it was bought by Sir William Danvers. It remained with the Danvers family until 1688 when Sir Rushout Cullen purchased the estate for £7,000 (equivalent to £1,160,000 in 2016). Cullen built the house for himself in about 1695.
In 1757 the house was bought by banker Francis Child for use as a hunting lodge and it remained in the Jersey family until the end of the 19th century when it was held by George Child Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey. In 1927 the estate was acquired by Walter Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted, who owed his fortune to the fact that his father Marcus Samuel was the founder of the oil company Shell Transport & Trading. Lord Bearsted donated the house, gardens and art collection to the National Trust in 1948.
Lord Bearsted's son, the 3rd Viscount, lived at Upton from 1948 until his death in 1986 and added to the gift to the National Trust the collection of fine porcelain. On the death of the 3rd Viscount, the furniture and other items on view in the rooms were offered to the nation by his daughter, Hon. Mrs. R. Waley-Cohen, through the "in lieu" system, on condition that they remain at Upton and on view to the public.
Mrs. Waley-Cohen continued to live in the house until 1988, when the family moved to another property on the estate. In October 1991, she offered for sale by public auction, a large number of items which were considered surplus to requirements. The sale at the house by Christie's, in a total of 1083 separate lots, included pictures, furniture, porcelain, silver, objects and carpets.
Cost and Times of Excursions: Please see FACT SHEET and BOOKING FORM (Both forms will open up in a new tab or window)