75 years of looking after Stourhead
In 2021 we are marking 75 years of looking after Stourhead which was gifted to the National Trust by the Hoare family on 7 March 1946.
75 years on we continue to care for the the nature, beauty and history of Stourhead for the nation to enjoy. It’s all thanks to the millions of members, volunteers and staff that support us. Without your help, we wouldn't be able to care for this special place.
A generous gift
Stourhead was created in the 18th century by a banking family, the Hoares. After eight generations of family ownership, Henry Hoare gave the house, landscape gardens, and about 3,000 acres of surrounding land to the National Trust in 1946. This decision was triggered by the tragic death of his only son and heir, Harry in the first world war.
In part due to the outbreak of the Second World War, these negotiations took 10 years – but the paperwork was eventually signed on 7 March 1946 and the gift was made – a gift still cherished by the nation today.
" I feel about gifts of time even more than about gifts of money; that they are such a good thing they ought to be a joy to the giver."