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Roundway Park

Roundway Park Date Photo Taken c.1950
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The house originated in Nicholas House, a later home of the Nicholas family who owned Roundway for several centuies. The estate eventually passed into the hands of the Sutton family of clothiers, of Devizes. In 1775 James Sutton II began rebuilding the house as New Place. His architect was James Wyatt, who used the original house as the kitchen block, and the grounds were landscaped by Humphrey Repton. There was a fire here in 1792 but it seems to have caused no permanent damage.

The estate was bought in 1840 by E. F. Colston and renamed Roundway Park. In 1916 C.E.H.A. Colston was created 1st Lord Roundway and the 2nd Lord Roundway sold the property in 1948. The houses, pleasure gardens, kitchen garden and a paddock were bought by Wiltshire County Council, who used part of the house for Civil Defence purposes. The land, consisting of 1,584 acres was bought by the Bristol Merchant Venturers as trustees for H. H. Wills charity for Chronic and Incurable Sufferers. The house was demolished in 1955.

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