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Kiplin Hall and Gardens

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Kiplin HallKiplin Hall stands by the River Swale in the Vale of Mowbray and is situated between Richmond and Northallerton.

The Jacobean house was built for George Calvert, Secretary of State to King James I, later Lord Baltimore and founder of Maryland, USA. It was initially built as a hunting lodge.

The land on which the hall was built was originally held by Easby Abbey. Following the dissolution of the monasteries under King Henry VIII, it became the property of John Scrope, 8th Baron Scrope of Bolton and later passed to Thomas Wharton, 2nd Baron Wharton. A loyal servant of the Catholic Queen Mary I, Wharton fell out of favour after her death, and sold the estate to the Calvert family in 1559. Since it was built in 1619, the house has belonged to four families, , the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots, all connected by blood or by marriage.

Throughout the centuries alterations and additions have been made to the house and gardens, including a large extension that housed a Gothic drawing room, designed in 1818 by the noted architect, P.F. Robinson. This room was altered later in the century to designs by W.E. Nesfield, to create a library with rooms above. The house is packed with the furniture, portraits, paintings, objects and personalia of the families who lived here.x The extensive and important collection of original paintings that date from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century and include works by notable artists including Joachim Beuckelaer, Luca Carlevarijs, Angelica Kauffman, George Cuit, Siegfried Bendixen and George Frederic Watts.

Following extensive twenty first century renovation and refurbishment, the property was opened to the public and represents an insight into almost four centuries of life in North Yorkshire. A permanent exhibition charts the founding of Maryland by George Calvert and the lives of the families who have lived in Kiplin Hall through the variuos centuries.

Kiplin Hall also provides programmes which support the National Curriculum Attainment Targets in art, art and design, patterns/materials/buildings, geography, history, physical education and science. Specific programmes include; Victorian Childhood, Portraits, Patterns and Materials, Nature Detectives, and the Second World War - How children lived.

The gardens and grounds at Kiplin Hall are undergoing major restoration and a small Garden Museum has recently been opened telling the history of the gardens since the Hall was built in 1620.The new White Garden provides views of the Hall across the topiary and flower-filled beds.

While in the pretty Rose Garden climbing roses grow against the mellow, red brick walls of the Victorian library wing and lavender and roses surround the paths. All the roses growing in this peaceful garden were chosen for their relationship to old rose varieties and for their fragrance and longevity.

The new Sensory Garden features the scent of camomile and thyme, the sound of the gently blowing grasses, the palette of colours and the mixture of textures are designed to appeal to the senses. Fresh fruit and veg from the Walled Garden are served in the Tea Room and sold on the Produce Cart. Cut flowers are also grown for display in the Hall. There are also woodland and lakeside walks.

Freshly prepared lunches, home baked scones and cakes are served in the award winning Tea Rooms.

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