Childwickbury ManorEdit profile
Childwick Bury Manor is a manor in Hertfordshire, England, between St Albans and Harpenden. Previous owners were the Lomax family who bought the house in 1666 and who lived there until 1854 when Joshua Lomax sold it to Henry Hayman Toulmin, a wealthy ship owner and High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and mayor of St Albans. Toulmin left the property to Sir John Blundell Maple around 20 years later. Toulmin's granddaughter, the author Mary Carbery, was born at the house.
Sir John Blundell Maple bred and raced Thoroughbreds and built Childwick Bury Stud into a very successful horse breeding operation. Another prominent racehorse owner, Jack B. Joel, bought the estate including the stud farm farm in 1906. On his death in 1940, his son Jim Joel took over the operation. He too became a successful racehorse owner and breeder and maintained the property until 1978 when the stud and the manor were sold separately.
It was advertised thus:
The stud was sold to the Marquesa de Moratella.
Film director Stanley Kubrick bought the manor in 1978. He used the estate as both a home and a nerve centre for his film productions. The Shining was finished at this home and Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut were started and completed here. He lived there until his death in 1999 and is interred on its grounds together with his eldest daughter Anya Kubrick. His widow, Christiane Kubrick, still lives in the manor house.