Tuesday 1st May-Lincolnshire Country Visit


Lincolnshire Country Visit:

(All day)

Doddington Hall & Stubton Hall

Stubton Hall, near Newark was redesigned by Jeffry Wyatt for Sir Robert Heron Bt MP 1813-14, with 5 x 2 bays in gault brick with ashlar dressings.  Heron kept a large menagerie which included kangaroos and lemurs.  Plenty of Wyatt classical detail (not the later neo-Gothic of Sir Jeffry Wyatville) ‒ shallow dome above bow and tripartite windows to S; shallow hipped roofs and parapet. The N approach elevation has projecting single-bay wings and a tetrastyle Doric porte cochère. Canted to the NW of this is the red-brick late C18 6-bay service wing and further NW an earlier red-brick service wing with an octagonal cupola.  Heron left Stubton in 1854 to his wife's great-nephew George Nevile.  It passed through several hands, becoming a County Council school in 1952 until rescued in 2006 and restored as a private hotel by Dr Claire Brainerd, art historian, and her late husband.

Doddington Hall: This great Elizabethan prodigy house by Robert Smythson was built for a lawyer Thomas Tailor 1595-1600 and has never changed 

hands, descending since then largely through the female line to the present owners, the Jarvis and Birch families.  The H-shaped Grade I mansion, of red brick with stone dressings, masks a neo-Classical interior remodelled almost in its entirety by a fashionable Lincolnshire architect Thomas Lumby for Sir John Hussey Delaval, Bt (later Lord Delaval) 1761-2.  Members will see some C18 wallpapers not normally on view and also St Peter's church rebuilt by Lumby, but working as a Gothic revivalist 1770-5.

Andrew Wells leads.