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LongleatA leat is an artificial waterway or channel such as that which supplies a watermill. is an English stately home, currently the seat of the Marquesses of Bath, adjacent to the village of Horningsham and near the towns of Warminster in Wiltshire and Frome in Somerset. It is noted for its Elizabethan country house, maze, landscaped parkland<!-- there is no Landscaped parkland article yet --> and safari park. The house is set in over of parkland, landscaped by Capability Brown, with of woods and farmland. It was the first stately home to open to the public, and also claims the first safari park outside Africa. The Sunday Times Retrieved February 18, 2011

The house was built by Sir John Thynne, and designed mainly by Robert Smythson, after the original priory was destroyed by fire in 1567. It took 12 years to complete and is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain. Longleat is currently occupied by Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, a direct descendant of the builder.

Longleat House and the Thynnes

<!--Information following taken from the house guide book "Longleat", 2006 edition. -->Longleat was purchased by Sir John Thynn in 1541. He was the first of the Thynne 'dynasty' - the family name was Thynn or Thynne in the 16th century, later Thynne only, but the present head of the family reverted to the...
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