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Witley Court by Frederick Lampitt

Witley Court by Frederick Lampitt

Witley Court

A spectacular ruined stately home, where Bob Dylan went ghost hunting, the Sistene Chapel of the north, and a famous fountain.

Witley Court
Postcode for Sat Nav:
WR6 6JT.
Grid reference:
SO 767647
Free car park 500m from the house
Brief history:
The house was re-designed by Samuel Daukes in the 1850's, and the gardens (including the fountains) by William Andrews Nesfield, who called it his 'monster work'. All this was paid for by the Earl of Dudley. Fire destroyed the house in 1937.
Big history:
On this website
Panoramic 360 degree pictures
Great Witley Church
Other places to see in this neighbourhood Elgar birthplace museum
Worcester cathedral tower

A disastrous fire in 1937 may have robbed the country of one of its finest stately homes, but the ruins of Witley Court still draw visitors, with their evocative beauty and mystery. 

Bob Dylan went ghost hunting there in the 1960's, and Procal Harum chose Witley Court as the backdrop for the video of their famous hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale".

One treasure that was mercifully spared from the ravages of the fire was the magnificent Great Witley Church.

Witley Court church ceiling

Church ceiling - Picture by Mark Austin

This baroque masterpiece has ceilings painted by Antonio Bellucci, and the church also has beautiful stained glass windows, and the kind of acoustics musicians love.

In the grounds of the house is the recently restored Perseus and Andromeda fountain, which can shoot water more than 100 feet into the air.

Witley Court is ten miles north west of Worcester on A443, and the property is looked after by English Heritage.

last updated: 14/07/2008 at 10:42
created: 14/07/2008

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