Horace Walpole (1717-1797), known as a man of letters and author of the gothic novel, The Castle of Oranto (1764), moved to Twickenham
in 1747. Walpole spent many years enlarging his estate and transforming his villa into a Gothic castle.
During the recent work, the exterior render has been replaced to bring the building back to its original appearance and over twenty-five rooms on the ground and first floors are undergoing extensive restoration. (March 2011)
Walpole was inspired by the architecture of Gothic style religious buildings; arches are used throughout the building for doorways, windows and bookcases.
The collection of painted renaissance glass, which can be seen all over the house, has been restored through the efforts of those engaged in glass historical research and glass conservation.
In fact, a whole host of professional restorers have been involved in transforming Strawberry Hill House including surveyors, restoration architects, guilders, upholsterers and fabric weavers.
The £9 million repair was undertaken by the Strawberry Hill Trust and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.