The Story of Uppark
At first glance, the Uppark of today appears as a homage to its fine 18th-century furnishings and its beautiful parkland setting. But beneath the surface there's a far more complex story, one of political allegiances, pioneering conservation, tragedy and triumph.
Uppark's story begins with the creation of a deer park in the 14th century, recorded in a later survey as 'Le Upparke, with pasture and wood.' By 1440, it was being leased as a pair - 'Up Parke and Down Parke' - but it's not until 1595 that a house is recorded here, built by the Ford family. One of the Ford daughters married Ralph, the 2nd Lord Grey of Warke, and it's their son - Ford Grey - who built Uppark house in 1690.