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The History

Goodwood, one of the finest country houses in England, has been the home of the Dukes of Richmond & Lennox for over 300 years.  The 1st Duke of Richmond was the natural son of King Charles II and his French mistress, Louise de Keroualle.  He originally bought Goodwood as a hunting lodge and subsequent Dukes enlarged the existing Jacobean house to create the magnificent house that we see today, set in mature parkland against the backdrop of the Sussex Downs. 

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The architects Roger Morris, Matthew Brettingham and James Wyatt were all involved at various stages during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Goodwood, like many other country homes, has an outstanding art collection, formed by successive generations of the family, which includes paintings by van Dyck, Canaletto, Stubbs and Reynolds, Sèvres porcelain, Gobelins tapestries and eighteenth-century French and English furniture.  


For further information please Call the curators secretary on 01243 755048 (office hours)

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