Influential owners of Leith Hill Place
Some of the country’s most influential families have lived at Leith Hill Place. Their lineage includes the names of Wedgwood and Vaughan Williams, and these people are now woven deeply into the place’s history.
A close relative of the Wedgwood family, the English naturalist Charles Darwin, frequently stayed at Leith Hill Place. While here, he conducted research around the estate and his ‘worm-stone’ still sits within the grounds today.
Ralph Vaughan Williams, the English composer, was the last member of the family to own Leith Hill Place. He gave it to us in 1944.