The owners of Ightham Mote

The modest ambition of Ightham Mote's owners are the reason that the house has survived. The original builder, although unknown, was clearly someone of wealth. The rest were squires, sheriffs, MPs, even courtiers, but they never aspired to higher office or lavish entertainment, and were mostly indifferent to changes in fashion. But who were they?

Stone effigy of Thomas Cawne at Ightham Church

The Cawnes - our earliest known owners

A man of chivalry and virtue? The medieval knights are not how we image them and Sir Thomas Cawne is no exception.

The courtyard, with Victorian dog kennel

The Hautes of Ightham Mote - a family with influence

Find our about the Hautes of Ightham Mote - a family at the forefront of one of the most fascinating periods of English history.

Detail of Richard Clement's funerary brass

Richard Clement - Ightham Mote's Royal Courtier

Richard Clement, a force to be reckoned with in 16th century Kent. His life would make a great novel.

Painting of Dame Dorothy appearing between a curtain, with red hair, white face, elaborate lace ruff and period Elizabethan dress.

The Selbys - Ightham Mote's longest reigning family

With nearly 300 years at Ightham Mote, here's a glimpse into the lives of our longest reigning family, the Selbys.