Kirby Hall is one of the many great Elizabethan homes in England, built in the late 16th century for Sir Humphrey Stafford. However, while it was still under construction in 1575 it was bought by Sir Christopher Hatton, the Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I.
The house is still held by descendants of the Hatton family line, the Finch-Hattons, although English Heritage now maintains the house and the surrounding grounds. The architectural design draws heavily from French classical style, which was quite an anomaly at the time due to bad relations with the country itself. Accordingly, many rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows and stone ornaments, often featuring gilding around their frames, the likes of which can be seen in many French renaissance stately homes. Some rooms in the house are somewhat dilapidated, with some even being roof-less, but the Great Hall and state rooms have remained intact, thankfully. The gardens in front of the estate feature various urns and stone sculptures, which have recently been restored.
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The grounds and home itself have featured on television multiple times over the last couple of decades, and enthusiasts with a keen eye will recognize Kirby Hall for appearing in Jane Austen’s film adaptation of Mansfield Park in 1999. More recently, it was a featured venue for the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow in 2014.
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Hardwick Road, Eynesbury, St Neots
Cambridgeshire, England, PE19 2PR
+44 (0)1480 474 404
- Address: Off Kirby Lane, Corby, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom, NN17 3EN
- GPS: 52.524322,-0.636928
- Phone: 0044 (0)1536 203 230
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: NN17 3EN
- Entrance Fees: Yes
- Disabled Access: Good
- Visibility from Road: Good - but from a distance
- Image Credits: Header Image: Graham Taylor