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Hermitage Gate - its historical and famous connections

7th Jun 2012

‘Hermitage Gate' was originally one of the gate houses for Bentley Priory, a Grade II* Listed Building dating back to 1775.

The house and 57-acre estate was sold to the Hon. James Hamilton in 1788 who set about enlarging the house by commissioning Sir John Soane, the foremost architect of his day. Notable visitors to the house included Prime Ministers William Pitt and George Canning, the Duke of Wellington, Sir Walter Scott and Lady Hamilton. In 1848 the Dowager Queen Adelaide, widow of William IV, leased the house, which was frequently visited by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.


Eventually it came into the possession of the Air Ministry and remained its home for more than 80 years – playing the vital role during the Second World War as Fighter Command HQ. Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding successfully executed command of the Battle of Britain and the D-Day landings from the house.

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Sales: Preston Bennett is a trading name of Countrywide Estate Agents, Registered in England Number 00789476. Registered Office Greenwood House, 1st Floor, 91-99 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0PP.

Lettings: Preston Bennett is a trading name of Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited, Registered Office Greenwood House, 1st Floor, 91-99 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0PP. Registered in England Number 02995024 which is an agent and subsidiary of Countrywide Estate Agents, Registered Office Greenwood House, 1st Floor, 91-99 New London Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0PP. Registered in England Number 00789476. Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited is regulated by RICS. Countrywide Estate Agents is an appointed representative of Countrywide Principal Services Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.