‘Wicked William’ Long-Wellesley – The Greatest Cultural Vandal of the 19th Century


My Ph.D research encapsulates the life and times of William Long-Wellesley (1788-1857), whose epitaph declared him ‘redeemed by no single grace, adorned by no single virtue’. The purpose of this blog is to provide updates regarding William’s scandalous life and anything relating to Wanstead House, the magnificent Palladian mansion his actions destroyed. I will also be posting on other subjects relevant to the period. Please follow me on Twitter for Wicked William/Wanstead House related chat and other ramblings.

You might also follow Geraldine Roberts  who has knocked all our Wanstead House research into a thoroughly readable format without ever losing sight of the facts via her critically acclaimed book The Angel and the Cad.