Lanwades is thought to be so named for a wadingplace through the river Kennett, which flows across the stud’s land. The stud was founded well before the 1880s and at that time encompassed also what is today our neighbour, The Animal Health Trust. The good stallions PETRARCH and KNIGHT OF THE GARTER were advertised as standing at Lanwades in the 1881 Racing Calendar.
Throughout the current ownership, Lanwades has been expanded and its facilities continually improved. With the addition of St Simon Stud in 1982, Staffordstown in Co. Meath, Ireland, in 1990, and parts of Meddler Stud in the late 1990s, Lanwades nowadays encompasses nearly 1,000 acres of prime grassland in Newmarket and Ireland.
Epsom Derby winner and Gr.1 sire NORTH LIGHT stood at Lanwades for 2014. In 2015 the first son of SEA THE STARS to retire to stud, the sensational German Derby winner SEA THE MOON, joined Lanwades. In 2017 Gr.1 Breeders' Cup Truf Sprint winner, BOBBY'S KITTEN, joined the stallion roster. BOBBY'S KITTEN is the first stallion son of KITTEN'S JOY (Champion Turf racehorse and multiple Champion sire in USA) to stand in Europe.