Provender House

Provender House
Provender, a medieval house on Provender Road - - 1236176.jpg
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The front of the house in 2009
Coordinates51°18′41″N 0°49′49″E / 51.31126°N 0.83020°E / 51.31126; 0.83020Coordinates:51°18′41″N 0°49′49″E / 51.31126°N 0.83020°E / 51.31126; 0.83020
Built forLucas de Vienne
OwnerPrincess Olga Romanoff
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated27 August 1952

Provender House is an English country house in Norton near Faversham in the English county of Kent.[1] It is privately owned but open for tours on certain days, and is an event venue.[2]


The house is reached along Provender Lane, Norton, a village in the Swale district of Kent.[1] It has been listed as Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England since 27 August 1952.[3]


The house was built in 1342 for Lucas of Vienne, the Chief Archer to Edward, the Black Prince.[1] It was altered and extended between the 15th and the 19th centuries, with James Huguesson buying the property in 1633. The house remained in the Huguesson and Knatchbull-Hugessen families for over 300 years. Sir Edward Knatchbull, 9th Baronet inherited it from Dorothea Hugessen, who had married naturalist Joseph Banks but died childless, and the estate was farmed by William Knatchbull-Hugessen in the 1860s.[4][5]

The widowed Constance Borgström née Paterson started to live there as a tenant in the 1890s. She was the widow of a rich Finnish businessman, consul Emil Borgström, one of the younger sons of Councillor Henrik Borgström and his wife Carolina née Kjemmer. Emil was from a key Finnish banking family who had British business links since his training with British merchants in the early part of the century.

One of Constance's daughters, Sylvia, a Finnish-born heiress, married Colonel Herbert McDougall of the British Army in 1906,[6] and bought the house and its land in 1912. Since then, the property has passed from mother to daughter twice.[1]

Sylvia's eldest daughter and heiress was Nadine McDougall (1908–2000), who became the second wife of Prince Andrew (or Andrei) of Russia (1897–1981). He was the eldest son of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, sister of the last Tsar. The house became Prince Andrew's main residence in exile from 1950.[1]

The next owner is their daughter, Princess Olga Andreevna Romanoff,[1] who has three surviving children. The princess, of a state no longer having a royal family but being the maternal family of King George V who died in 1936, saw the house refurbished in the 2000s by the architect Ptolemy Dean.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Historic Houses Association: Provender
  2. ^ Provender House website
  3. ^ Historic England, "Provender (1374517)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 November 2017
  4. ^ The History of Provender House, Provender House website. Retrieved 1 August 2021.
  5. ^ Carlaw D (2020) Kent County Cricketers A to Z. Part One: 1806–1914 (revised edition), pp.313–314. (Available online at the Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. Retrieved 1 August 2021.)
  6. ^ ”McDOUGALL, Herbert / Faversham 2a 1323”, “BORGSTROM, Sylvia / Faversham 2a 1323”, in General Index to Marriages in England and Wales, 1906

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Provender, a medieval house on Provender Road - - 1236176.jpg
(c) pam fray, CC BY-SA 2.0
Provender, a medieval house on Provender Road This house, which looks Elizabethan, is medieval and was reputedly a hunting lodge of the Black Prince. It is now owned by a descendant of the Russian Romanoff family, Princess Olga Romanoff and, with the help of English Heritage and architect Ptolemy Dean, it is being restored to its former glory.