New Place – A History

In 1904 Mrs.A.S.Franklyn of Shedfield Lodge commissioned Sir Edwin Lutyens to design a house firstly to incorporate the magnificent interior of an early 17th century mansion in Bristol scheduled for demolition which she had inherited and secondly to perpetuate the name of Shakespeare’s house in Stratford called New Place with which the Franklyn’s were connected through the Arden family branch of Shakespeare’s mother Mary Arden. The exquisite brick exterior made use of bricks from the Danes Hill Brickworks in Old Basing – owned by another Lutyens’s house owner, the brickworks was commissioned so that Daneshill could be built from its own bricks in 1903.

The Langton mansion in Bristol was built in 1623 for John Langton a highly respected wealthy merchant who became mayor of Bristol in1628 (thus in directly the foundations of New Place, Shirrell Heath, were laid.)

The interior was a fine example of the skill and craftsmanship in sculpture and wood carving which existed in that era but 1779 saw the decline of the Langton mansion when it was converted into a tobacco factory remaining as such until 1906 when it was demolished. Mrs. Franklyn salvaged the whole interior. The ceilings and panelling were removed in numbered sections and together with the inlaid mahogany door, staircase, balusters, ceilings and fireplaces, were transported by rail to Wickham and from there to Shirrell Heath by horse and wagon.

The Bristol Room is the most magnificent for it contains all the fittings from John Langton’s state rooms. The Lutyens Bar and Franklyn rooms also contain original ceilings, fireplaces and panelling from Bristol. The dining room ceiling is also original. New Place was ready for occupation in 1908 and Mrs. Franklyn gave it to her son, Captain Henry Arden Franklyn, as a wedding present.

New Place was sold in 1956 to Mr Patrick Harley for £12,000. Mr Harley ran New Place as a boy’s preparatory school, with seven boys. He remained Headmaster, teaching Latin and Maths for the following ten years when he sold the school to Mr.& Mrs P.A Deane as a flourishing prep school of seventy boys aged seven to thirteen.

The school closed in July 1978 and New Place and the grounds were purchased by the Simpact Company and run as a conference centre. In 1979 the first bedroom block was built and in 1980, the second. The centre was also used for weddings and dinner parties.

Now the Legacy Hotel Group are planning to reinstate the original layout of the upper floors of the building and to restore and/or reinstate many of the Lutyens features such as fireplaces, doors and window details. The Lutyens building will hold the bridal bedroom suites for weddings, whilst the existing bedroom blocks in the grounds will be refurbished for all the guests to enjoy.

Summer Luncheon at New Place

Sunday 13 August 2023, 1pm for 1:30pm – 4pm

New Place Hotel, High Street, Shirrell Heath, Hampshire SO32 2JY

Bringing a new addition to our regular events programme, the event’s committee is pleased to announced the first it what we hope will be a regular annual event – a Summer Luncheon at Lutyens’s New Place.

Members are invited to join us for a 3-course lunch in this 1904 masterpiece of brick – New Place.

Tickets are £59 per person. Drinks not included.

This event is for members only – join here to book.

Online bookings

Please make your booking online through PayPal using your credit / debit card or PayPal account.

Manual Bookings

If you wish to pay with a cheque, please use the online booking facility above, and then choose the “pay by cheque” option on the payments screen. This will reserve you a ticket(s) and give you instructions on where to send your cheque to. All cheques should be made payable to “The Lutyens Trust” and made to the sum of £59 (please add £3.00 per cheque, this is the charge banks make to us for banking cheques).


by Car

For those with Sat-Navs, used postcode SO32 2JY for the House. Parking is available at the front of the property, but not on the gravel circle.

Public Transport

From London, trains can be boarded at Waterloo to Winchester or Basingstoke, where you may used a taxi for onwards travel. Alternatively, alight at Eastleigh and board a train towards Portsmouth Harbour, alighting at Hedge End, which is a 15 minute taxi ride from New Place.