Today Eastwood Park is known as a popular venue for weddings and events, but have you ever considered Eastwood Park’s rich history?
Highlights include a British Prime Minister, a companion to John Cabot, an important role in WW2 and a TV filming location – read on to reveal more about the venue you thought you knew!
1) Cabot's companion
The early members of the Jenkinson family were great travellers and seafaring men, including Anthony Jenkinson, who was the companion of Sebastian Cabot.
2) The Jenkinson Family
It was in the 18th century when the land was bought by Sir Charles Jenkinson. He was Seventh Baronet, First Baron of Hawkesbury and the First Earl of Liverpool. Charles’ son, Robert Banks Jenkinson, went on to become Prime Minister in 1812.
3) Royal clocks
The clock in the clocktower was cast by Benson, who was also clock maker to HRH Prince of Wales.
4) Family motto
The stained glass window by the staircase has the Jenkinson family motto “pareo non servio” which means “I obey, I do not serve”.
5) Air raid precautions
During the Second World War, the Ministry of Home Security used Eastwood Park as an Air Raid Precautions School.
6) Police training
The house was later used to train new police recruits, before being bought by the Department of Health in 1969.
7) Large estate
The entire estates grounds stretches over 200 acres!
8) Custom gates
The Eastwood Park gates in the courtyard of the clock tower were specially made for us, crafted from wrought iron.
9) Old features
Some features have not survived the passing of time, including the large turret on the porte-cochere and the orangery as seen here.
10) Television debut
In 2009, Eastwood Park served as a filming location for television shows such as Skins, Casualty, Holby City and Mistresses.