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commissioned C R Cockerell to build a second temple as a conservatory (now our theatre) in 1823 and F P Cockerell, his son, to add a second storey to the Smirke wing 20 years later. In 1824 C R Cockerell wrote “I shall never get entirely out of Smirke’s manner in my first works. I appealed to Smirke in all things & nothing but 7 years freedom and travel could ever relieve me from the master’s spell” While Verdi was composing Traviata in the 1850s,

Harriet Ashburton, wife of the second Lord Ashburton, who was said to be “the most conspicuous woman in the society of the present day”, was hosting grand house parties at the Grange for the political and literary élite, including Carlyle and Thackeray (see page 87). The house fell upon harder times in the 1930s and the Barings sold it to Charles Wallach in 1934, the same year that Cole Porter wrote Anything Goes. The present Lord Ashburton bought it back 30 years later. 1934 first performance Boston ANYTHING GOES

1853 first performance Venice LA TRAVIATA

1954 first performance Venice THE TURN OF THE SCREW 1964 JOHN BARING now Lord Ashburton

1817 THE BARING FAMILY

1934 CHARLES WALLACH

1787 THE DRUMMOND FAMILY

1975 Placed in the guardianship of ENGLISH HERITAGE

1795–1800 leased to THE PRINCE OF WALES later George IV

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c.1820 1823

1852

ROBERT SMIRKE Builds a single–storey private wing to the west

1868

JOHN COX Restructures interior

C R COCKERELL F P COCKERELL Builds the Conservatory Adds a second storey to and an elegant dining room Smirke’s west wing WILLIAM WILKINS Transforms the exterior of Samwell’s house into a Greek temple

WILLIAM WILKINS Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds 1819 National Gallery, London 1834–38 ROBERT SMIRKE Covent Garden Theatre, London 1808, now destroyed The British Museum, London 1823–47 C R COCKERELL Law Library, Cambridge 1837–42 Ashmolean, Oxford 1841–45

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F P COCKERELL Nos 1 & 2 South Audley Street, London 1878

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Grange Park Opera 2002 Programme  

Grange Park Opera 2002 Programme

Grange Park Opera 2002 Programme  

Grange Park Opera 2002 Programme