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A manor at Witley is owned by Urso d'Abetot, a cousin of William the Conqueror.
The medieval house is rebuilt on a grander scale by the Russell family.
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Thomas Foley, whose family fortunes come from the iron industry, buys Witley.
A succession of eight Thomas Foleys own and renovate the Witley estate. The family gradually transforms from industrial wealth to landed aristocracy and politicians.
The seventh Thomas hires John Nash to design ambitious alterations. These include massive new stone porticos, rebuilding the east wing, and adding a dining room and library.
The last Thomas sells Witley for £900,000 (about £48 million today) to the trustees of 16-year-old William Ward, one of the wealthiest individuals in England.
William takes over Witley. He inherits income from a vast portfolio of assets inherited from a distant relation.
Witley is let to Queen Adelaide, widow of William IV. She is a popular local figure, financing the building of the first village school.
After his new bride dies in childbirth, William (later Earl of Dudley) throws himself into a major transformation of Witley. The ornate Italian design is by architect Samuel Whitfield Dukes.
Financial troubles arise. Two large urns flanking the main staircase allegedly become filled with unpaid bills that the 2nd Earl tosses there each morning before breakfast.
William's son William inherits. He befriends the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), who becomes a regular visitor at elaborate parties.
The Earl and his second wife, Georgina, agree to a legal separation. Georgina takes over Witley and shows a great interest in the gardens.
Lady Dudley is drowned in a swimming accident at the family house in County Galway. The Earl immediately sells the Witley estate to a wealthy carpet manufacturer, Sir Herbert Smith.
Smith buys the house with its furnishings and spends money installing electricity, abandoning parts of the house.
While Smith is away, a fire breaks out, probably in the basement bakery. Most of the contents are saved but strong winds destroy much of the house.
Insurance only covers a quarter of the cost of rebuilding. Smith auctions the contents over eight days. A Mr Banks buys the estate for just £4,000 (£150,000 today).
An antique dealer buys the house, stripping it of any remaining valuable items.
There is increasing interest in demolition to make way for a motor-racing circuit, caravan park or housing estate. A Building Preservation Order is issued to protect Witley.
The house is scheduled an Ancient Monument, and restoration work begins.
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