“My buildings are paper…and will be blown away in ten years after I am dead.”
Horace Walpole, 1761

History

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797) son of Sir Robert, Britain's first Prime Minister, built Strawberry Hill to house his vast collection of treasures. He also left over 3,000 letters which are a vivid commentary on his time.

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Lady Waldegrave

Lady Waldegrave was the chatelaine of Strawberry Hill during most of the 19th century. Preserving Walpole’s house, she added grand entertaining spaces now known as the Waldegrave Wing.

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St Mary’s College

In 1923 Strawberry Hill was purchased for St Mary’s.

In 2007 it was leased to The Strawberry Hill Trust to restore and open to the public.

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The Collections

Strawberry Hill was filled with art, antiquities and curiosities of every period from the ancient to the modern. Walpole described his treasures in A Description of the Villa of Horace Walpole.

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