Tedworth House, South Tidworth, Wiltshire, restructured and extended by John Johnson, 1878-79 [Close-up of tower]. The origins of this fine old mansion are lost in the sands of time (see "Who Built Tedworth House?"). But it was for many years a well-known sporting estate, at one time the home of the statesman Lord Broughton (1786-1869), and visited by the Duke of Wellington. From the later 1870s it became the home of Sir John Kelk, the wealthy and distinguished building contractor with whom John Johnson worked on Alexandra Palace and other projects — including St Mary's, South Tidworth, on the edge of the estate. Sir John died at Tedworth House on 12 September 1886. "He was mourned locally as a generous host to both sporting associates and learned societies" (Hobhouse). The estate is now owned by the Ministry of Defence, and used as an officers' mess.
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ReferencesHobhouse, Hermione. "Kelk, Sir John, First Baronet (1816-1886)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online ed. Web. Viewed 8 August 2010.
Who built the original Tedworth House?" (a Wilthsire Local Council site). Web. Viewed 8 August 2010.
Last modified 9 August 2010