Partner Michael Pitt-Rivers

Queer Places:
Rushmore estate & Larmer Tree Gardens, Larmer Tree, Tollard Royal, Salisbury SP5 5PY, Regno Unito

Image result for William Gronow-DavisWilliam Gronow-Davis (1941 – September 20, 2015) was the last partner of Michael Pitt-Rivers and inherited Rushmore Estate on his death.[1]

The Rushmore Estate had been in the Pitt-Rivers family for generations and was once described by novelist Thomas Hardy as "quite the prettiest sight I ever saw in my life."[2]

In 2009 Gronow-Davis built a 65ft folly, the tallest folly to be built in England in more than 100 years.[3]

Gronow-Davis was an established artist and held bi-annual exhibitions.[4] Gronow-Davis and his partner Pitt-Rivers were both collectors of art, especially Asian works of art. At his death in 2016 Gronow-Davis's art collection was auctioned off by Duke's.[5]

Gronow-Davis was the younger lover of Michael Pitt-Rivers, conservationist and owner of the Rushmore Estate, and moved to King John’s House, at Tollard Royal in Wiltshire in 1961.[5] When Pitt-Rivers died in 1999, the Trust which runs the estate was inherited by Gronow-Davis, who vowed to continue his conservation work.[2]

At William Gronow-Davis' death on September 20, 2015, the Larmer Tree Gardens estate was valued £50 million.[2]


  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/queerplaces/images/William_Gronow-Davis