Bolehyde Manor

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Bolehyde Manor
Frontage of the Manor
Location Allington, North Wiltshire, England
Coordinates 51°28′46″N 2°09′22″W / 51.4795°N 2.1561°W / 51.4795; -2.1561Coordinates: 51°28′46″N 2°09′22″W / 51.4795°N 2.1561°W / 51.4795; -2.1561
OS grid reference ST 893 756
Built c1400
Architectural style(s) Georgian
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 1 June 1952
Reference no. 1283450
Bolehyde Manor is located in Wiltshire
Bolehyde Manor
Location in Wiltshire

Bolehyde Manor is a 17th-century manor house at Allington, near Chippenham, in Wiltshire, England. It is a Grade II* listed[1] building within the Allington conservation area.[2]


The house takes its name from Thomas de Bolehyde who was a tenant, however, it is said to have been built with money embezzled from the monks, and thought to have been in the possession of Glastonbury Abbey.[3]

It later came into the possession of the Snell family of Kington St. Michael, probably in the 16th century, and was sold by Sir Charles Snell to John Cole in 1635, remaining in the possession of that family until the late 19th century.[3]

Between 1957 and 1967 the house and farm were in the hands of David and Diana Tylden-Wright, who changed the spelling of the name to "Bullidge House", reflecting the traditional pronunciation, after they sold it, the new owner restored the previous spelling.[4]

Andrew and Camilla Parker Bowles moved into the house in 1973. Its vegetable garden was reputed, incorrectly, to be the location of Prince Charles's proposal of marriage to Lady Diana Spencer, the house is now occupied by the Earl and Countess Cairns.[5][6]


The house is a large 17th-century stone-tiled rubble stone building, some parts are possibly 16th century, containing a Tudor-arched fireplace. The grounds have a mid 17th-century dovecote and two summer houses, the frontage includes a two-storey porch topped by a balustrade having Georgian busts at its front corners. It has been said that a skirmish between Cornish troops of King Charles I and the Roundheads took place in the locality.[3]

Modern times[edit]

The gardens of the house are open to the public on one day each year through the National Gardens Scheme.[5]