Situated at the top of Hyde End Lane, in the western-most part of the Parish, Little Park House is a building with a colourful history. Built back in 1869 by the Shuter family, it sits on land that was originally a part of the massive Crookham Manor Estate. According to the Brimpton Story, it is an unremarkable house from an architectural point of view, built in a fairly common Victorian style. The house originally had its own farm and a sprawling 134 acre estate, along with stables, a walled garden, a coach house and several cottages for the estate workers.
The Shuter family lived at the house from it’s original creation until the late 1800s. A few villagers are descended from workers who lived on the estate at the time, including the late Jack Butler, who was born in one of the Malthouse cottages. Those cottages have since been joined together, and at one stage were home to a children’s home.
Subsequent residents of Little Park House included the Langford family, who notably built the Village hall in memory of Mrs Langford’s mother. Another well-connected resident was Lady Delia Peel, who was the great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales. She lived at the house between the two World Wars, and was ‘Lady in Waiting’ to Queen Mary.
During the Second World War, the house was home to the King of Norway for a short time, who resided there with members of his government. At the end of the war, Constance Duchess of Westminster came to live at Little Park, which she was married to Wing Commander Lewis. Under their ownership the estate became even larger, with the addition of the East and West lodges for their staff.
Post-war, the house was used as a retirement home for many years, and then in 1992 it became a school for foreign students – mainly for Spanish-speaking children from South America and Spain.
These days the building is home to a variety of things, including a number of businesses – one notable example being Little Park Flowers.