Ham House, Richmond Surrey, North Front
Well known as a treasure house of the 17th century, Ham was extended, furnished and decorated by the Duke & Duchess of Lauderdale between 1672 and 1688. The house today is largely as they left it, with most of the furniture in the rooms as listed in the inventory of 1683. Some of the decoration was personally supervised by King Charles Ist, a close friend of William Murray, Earl of Dysart who undertook the earlier decoration.
The Duchess bought a fair amount of the furniture in Paris, and is believed to have visited Vaux-le-Vicomte, the magnificent house near Paris as her inspiration for Ham. She was in good company, for Louis XIV having imprisoned its owner, Nicolas Fouquet, marquis de Belle-Île, vicomte de Melun et Vaux, the Superintendent of Finances on charges of peculation, took over his architect, interior designer and chief gardener to design and decorate Versailles.
Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, South West London
Telephone: 020 8940 1950
The house is open from 1 April every day from Saturday to Wednesday
Closed Thursday & Friday
House Open: 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Tea Room Open: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Gardens Open: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Visit the National Trust website for more details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ham-house-and-garden
Located on Highgate Hill it was the Duke's London home before he moved to Ham House. Now an art centre. Nell Gwynn was a tenant after the Duke moved to Ham.
Maitlands have been associated with Haddington from around 1300, and have been buried in the Lauderdale Aisle at St Mary's Haddington.