Lytton Mausoleum

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Mausoleum at Knebworth House Herts - - 476189.jpg
The mausoleum in 2007
General information
Architectural styleNeoclassical
Listed Building – Grade II
Official nameLytton Mausoleum in Knebworth Park, including railings
Reference no.1174579[1]
ClientElizabeth Bulwer-Lytton
Technical details
Structural systemstone
Design and construction
ArchitectJohn Buonarotti Papworth

The Lytton Mausoleum is a family mausoleum in Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, England. It was commissioned by Elizabeth Barbara Lytton and built in 1817.

The mausoleum is set in parkland at a distance from the Church of St Mary and St Thomas, a Grade I listed building which houses earlier monuments to the Lytton family.

Inside are a number of coffins.[2] Among the members of the family buried in the mausoleum is Lady Constance Bulwer-Lytton (1869-1923). She joined the suffragette movement,[3] and, as her epitaph states “sacrificed her health and talents in helping to bring victory to this cause”.[4]

Architecture and conservation[edit]

The architect of the octagonal, stone building was John Buonarotti Papworth. His design is neoclassical. The roof supports a sarcophagus with shell acroteria.[1] [5]

The building and the railings which enclose it were Grade II listed in the 1968.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Lytton Mausoleum in Knebworth Park, including railings". Historic England.
  2. ^ "Tragic story of Victorian novelist's distraught daughter". Telegraph. March 2017.
  3. ^ "An aristocratic freedom fighter". Hertfordshire Life ( November 2014. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  4. ^ "Lytton Mausoleum". Mausolea and Monuments Trust.
  5. ^ "Design for a sarcophagus". Retrieved 2019-03-14.

Coordinates: 51°52′31″N 0°12′44″W / 51.87521°N 0.21229°W / 51.87521; -0.21229