Kirby Hall

Kirby Hall(科比)

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mr f
英国里士满24 条分享
a nice place to go for a look
a nice look around
nowhere to get a drink or food
the gardens are brill
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Chris L
英国北安普敦337 条分享
This is a really interesting place to visit, from one angle you could imagine this still being a really impressive hall and it's older than you may think.

Great that they have provided some rooms and stairs you can climb to explore and had some interesting facts about the way the rooms were all designed.

Gardens are all amazing too and there were quite a few peacocks around when we visited which added and extra dimension to the visit.
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英国剑桥3 条分享
2022年2月 • 夫妻情侣
You will find the enchanting Elizabethan hall, part ruins, part restored with beautiful gardens and surroundings countryside to explore!
It’s also always so very peaceful and welcoming, the staff here are so friendly and helpful, and you can also chose to take the audio guide if you prefer which we found really informative,
It’s a wonderful place to relax and reflect and we come here often though out the year, added treat are the peacocks who freely roam around.
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英国贝德福德299 条分享
2022年3月 • 夫妻情侣
Really enjoyed our visit to Kirby Hall in the Northamptonshire countryside! We were fortunate that our visit was a very quiet one as it was a Tuesday; we virtually had the place to ourselves.

The approach road you walk along from the car park is beautiful with mature trees and thousands of snowdrops lining the way (a good show being as it was the beginning of March).

There is plenty of really helpful and interesting information dotted around where needed and along with the audio guides that are included in the entry fee, you’ll come away feeling really immersed in the history of the house.

The lady on the pay desk was friendly, welcoming and helpful.

The impressive house itself was huge with plenty of areas to walk through and explore at your own pace. We dithered for ages taking photos and enjoying the grandeur of the building. I’d suggest around 2 to 2 and a half hours is plenty to get the best of your visit, perhaps a bit longer if you want to enjoy the gardens too, but as it was a wet day we just admired them from the large picture windows on the upper floor. Sadly we didn’t spot any peacocks but we could hear one in the distance!

Toilets are nicely tucked out of sight in a Portacabin but easy to find and less than a one minute walk from the house itself.

Definitely a very pleasant visit!
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英国诺丁汉108 条分享
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
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科罗拉多Berthoud878 条分享
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.
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Carol B
英国伯明翰5,537 条分享
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.
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英国贝德福德郡448 条分享
2021年10月 • 夫妻情侣
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.
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英国Lincolnshire964 条分享
2021年9月 • 夫妻情侣
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.
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阿联酋迪拜71 条分享
2020年10月 • 夫妻情侣
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.
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