With 12th- and 15th-century origins, much of the core of Burton Constable Hall was built in the 1560s by Sir John Constable as an Elizabethan prodigy house. In the 1760s, William Constable remodelled the interiors, commissioning designs by architects including John Carr and Timothy Lightoler. The park surrounding the house was landscaped by Capability Brown between 1772 and 1782 and further redecoration of the interiors took place in the 19th century. The day will involve a tour of the house, including the private family apartments, and of the stables, which have recently been extensively restored and contain a varied range of stabling as well as accommodation for groom and servants. Members will also have the the opportunity to view some of the architectural drawings held in the archives. We will be joined by the Hall’s Curator, Philippa Wood, and its Director, Susan Hopkinson.
Outline for visit
Intro & talk – by Director, Susan Hopkinson, and Curator, Philippa Wood (who will guide throughout the day)
Tour the 30 rooms of the Hall, including servants’ quarters, family apartments and the Waterloo Room with its unique wallpaper created to commemorate Wellington’s famous victory in 1815
Lunch (with wine) in the Rose Room of the North Wing – a private grace and favour apartment never open to the public
Tour the recently restored magnificent Stable Block with its four carriage houses, extensive stabling for hunters and draught horses and accommodation for grooms and servants and access to unrestored areas not open to the public
Tea and a special viewing of the private architectural drawings from the Burton Constable archives.