Any Estate which has survived for almost a thousand years, will have a rich history and many stories to tell. Revesby is no different, and the Estate is very proud of the role its personalities have played on local, national and international stages over the years.


Monastic Revesby

The beginnings of today's Revesby Estate are almost 1,000 years old. Less than 100 years after the Norman Conquest in 1066, the Cistercian monks of the Rievalux Abbey joined the Estate's lands for the first time.
Henry VIII (1491-1547) on engraving from the 1800s.
King of England during 1509-1547. Engraved by Edwards from an original portrait by Holbein and published by Virtue in London England, 1848.

Henry VIII and Revesby as a Royal Gift

Having dissolved the monastery, Henry VIII made a royal gift of Revesby to his brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.
Joseph Banks (1743-1820) on engraving from the 1800s. Naturalist and patron of science. Engraved by H.Robinson and published in London by John Tallis & Company.

Joseph Banks, Revesby and Australia

The Banks family bought Revesby Estate in 1714. Four generations of Banks - all confusingly called Joseph - played their part in developing Revesby Estate into something recognisable today. Since which time the Estate has benefited from unbroken ownership.
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The First World War, Great loss

The First World War was not kind to the Stanhope family. Along with millions of his generation, the Honourable Richard Stanhope fought and died in war. He was killed at the Battle of the Somme on 15th September 1916.
Lady Beryl Groves

Lady Beryl Groves and the Roaring 20's

Having lost her husband in the war, Lady Beryl continued to take a very keen interest in the running of the Estate. She was a keen and knowledgeable agriculturalist, with a particular passion for breeding horses, especially for hunters and shires.

The Second World War

Revesby Estate again lost family members in the Second World War. Lady Beryl's son, Humphrey was killed in a Spitfire accident in 1942. However, before his death, Squadron Leader Humphrey Gilbert had served with distinction, fighting in the Battle of Britain and being awarded the DFC for exemplary gallantry.

The Estate Starts its in-hand farming operation

In this decade Revesby Estate saw large investment in land drainage and grain storage.

Boston no longer receives its drinking water from Revesby Estate

The reservoir is converted to commercial fisheries.

The beginning of the estate's green revolution

A carbon reduction plan results in closer monitoring of fossil fuels and the creation of five woodchip district heating networks. Natural habitats benefit from a ten year protection and improvement plan.
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The estate grows into a total of seven departments

Farms, forestry and energy, lifestyle, fisheries, events, lettings and investments.

The arrival of the coronavirus

Covid19 sweeps through the country and the rest of the world. The Revesby community comes together to support each other.