‪Kirby Hall‬

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Familie-Thompson
Nottingham UK105 مساهمات
ديسمبر 2021
‪Lovely example of an Elizabethan House. Great info boards and nice to see all the stages of the houses life and not just another mock up of an typical house of this time‬
كُتب بتاريخ 29 ديسمبر 2021
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Owenthomas
‪Berthoud‬, ‪Colorado‬819 مساهمة
أكتوبر 2021
‪It was one of the largest Elizabethan manor homes in the country. The great hall remains pretty much intact, and many nice wood and stone carvings. It has a nice garden.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 نوفمبر 2021
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Carol B
برمنجهام, UK5,082 مساهمة
أكتوبر 2021
‪Sunday 31st October 2021, my husband and I went to visit Kirby Hall under the care of The English Heritage.

Kirby Hall, was built from Barnack stone between 1570-1575, for Sir Humphrey Stafford, and afterwards passed into the hands of Sir Christopher Hatton.

Sir Christopher Hatton never found time to live in Kirby Hall, for he owned many fine properties, besides having to attend the Queen at Court. He didn’t go near it for five years after the purchase.

Favours were heaped upon him, even to the apparent absurdity of making him Lord Chancellor, but in the end the Queen tired of her devoted admirer and was cruel enough to insist upon the return of a Crown debt, money which had been advanced to pay for some of the fine furnishings of the house. This broke his heart, because he died shortly afterwards.

Sir Christopher never married, but Kirby remained with his heirs. The Hatton family kept Kirby Hall until 1764, when it passed to the Finch-Hattons.

Kirby Hall was abandoned in the 1800s; its owner moving to a newer and more commodious house, and it was left to solitude and destruction. Its lead was stripped from the roof, the oak wainscoting was carried off to ornament other houses in the district, and its stones were used to mend roads.

Its last absent-owner was Murray Edward Gordon Finch-Hatton, 13th Earl of Winchilsea. When he inherited the property, his first thought had been to preserve the home of his ancestors from complete ruin, and he did what was necessary to keep Kirby from falling to pieces.

In 1935, the ruined mansion was under the kindly protection of the Office of Works and had suffered well over a century the utter misery of neglect. With no one interested in it, or to watch over it, it had become a roofless ruin, its windows broken, more stones removed, and its beautiful interior woodwork long gone.

Kirby Hall is approached by an outer court, with fine gateways, and is enclosed by a stone balustrade, but the main structure consists of the quadrangular courtyard, surrounded by buildings like an Oxford college. The long east and west sides were occupied by a series of small apartments and connected with one another, in which the household and guests once resided, while the Great Hall was at the southern end.

Today, Kirby Hall and its gardens are still owned by the Earl of Winchilsea but is managed and maintained by English Heritage. Although the vast mansion remains partly roofless, the walls show the rich decoration that proclaims its successive owners were always at the forefront of new ideas about architecture and design. The Great Hall and state rooms remain intact, refitted and redecorated to authentic 17th and 18th century specifications.

My husband and I wandered around this lovely mansion with its lovingly restored parterre garden, which inspired me to write a poem called ‘Lost In Time’, we took lots of photos

This is a wonderful house to visit if you are in the area.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 15 نوفمبر 2021
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Al-Shumba
‪Bedfordshire‬, UK443 مساهمة
زوجان • أكتوبر 2021
‪Architectualy an interesting building, but it was in essence a ruin. It has been preserved as best as possible, but it was cold drafty and mostly open to the elements. To charge £30 for two adults was on the pricy side, as there is no tea room or place to purchase a meal or hot drinks, so you will need to take your own The gardens were well kept and the grass mown. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 أكتوبر 2021
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N D
‪Lincolnshire‬, UK880 مساهمة
زوجان • سبتمبر 2021
‪We had to book which was a little odd as most of the hall is open to the elements.
We used the audio guide which we would recommend.
This is a fascinating site with lots of little touches to bring its history to life.
The grounds aren’t extensive but there’s a public footpath running right next to it.
We were there for a couple of hours.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 12 سبتمبر 2021
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Lost_In_Dubai
دُبي, الإمارات العربية المتحدة71 مساهمة
زوجان • أكتوبر 2020
‪A hidden ruin that is worth a visit. We took a walk round the grounds during lockdown. There was no one about it was so peaceful. Them to our surprise we came across a family of peacocks. So beautiful.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 7 سبتمبر 2021
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Michelle B
‪Rotherham‬, UK849 مساهمة
زوجان • أغسطس 2021
‪Wow and wow again totally amazing places and dogs allowed everywhere apart from the great hall. Couldn't stop taking pictures ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 25 أغسطس 2021
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Ian S
‪Kettering‬, UK731 مساهمة
زوجان • أغسطس 2021
‪Been awhile since we visited here and not much has changed…unsurprisingly! However, English Heritage have added some displays which explain much about the rise and fall of this property. We thought this made it a better experience.
The property has a nice shop but no cafe…however you can picnic in the grounds.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 23 أغسطس 2021
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Haddonfamily
‪Northamptonshire‬, UK54 مساهمة
أغسطس 2021
‪A very interesting mixture of ruin and intact with enough displays and boards to understand the building, its inhabitants and the history. The evolution as the house changed over the centuries was well explained and you could see those changes in close up with the differing internal walls, coverings changing from tapestries to panelling to wall paper.
The gardens were nice for a little saunter and picnic benches were plentiful
Our teenager and ore pre-teenager enjoyed it more than I expected. Staff in ticket office/shop were very friendly
Audio tour well worth using‬
كُتب بتاريخ 17 أغسطس 2021
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S2701RVdiana
‪Chelmsford‬, UK61 مساهمة
أغسطس 2021
‪Lovely grounds, great for picnic. Very peaceful. Some ruined areas but also lots of rooms to walk through. Would recommend the audio guide as it gives lots of information and walks you through each area very clearly. Nice welcome‬
كُتب بتاريخ 15 أغسطس 2021
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