- Ascott, Buckinghamshire
Infobox UK place
country = England
static_image_caption= Ascott House
region= South East England
post_town= LEIGHTON BUZZARD
The hamlet lies completely within the boundary of the Ascott Estate; it is home to many of the estate and house staff.
Prior to the
Norman Conquestthere was an abbeyat Ascott, that had been given by a royal to a Benedictine conventin Angiers. In 1415 however, the same year as the Battle of Agincourt, the convent was seized by the English church because it belonged to the French and awarded to the Convent of St Mary du Pre, near St Albans.
In the early 16th century the abbey (along with the manor of Wing) was seized by
the Crownand given to Cardinal Wolsey, however not long after it was seized once again in the Dissolution of the Monasteriesand given to Lord Dormer. It was in 1554 that Dormer entertained Princess Elizabeth at the house, when she was on the road to Londonunder arrest as a Protestantbecause her sister Mary had just taken the throne.
The former abbey, now a house, itself once featured additions that were attributed to
Inigo Jones. The house fell into decay following the death without heir of its owner the Earl of Caernarvonin 1709. In 1727 the house and estate were broken up, the deer sold and all the timber cut down and sold off. In the late 19th century members of the Rothschild banking family began to acquire estates in the area, including Ascott. In 1873 a farm house in the parish known as Ascott Hall was bought by Baron Mayer de Rothschild he gave it to his nephew Leopold de Rothschildwho employed the architect George Deveyto enlarge the property into a substantial country house. Today this is the National Trust property known as Ascott Houseor sometimes known more simply as just "Ascott".
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