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28. Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

Early December 2009

The inner part of the entrance to the National Trust's Beningbrough Hall contains the gift shop, which you pass through en-route to the 'tearoom'!

 

The wonderful teapot made of metal frame on which are suspended lots of ceramic tiles.

 

The cafe-tearoom-restaurant by the walled garden where we had a lovely Christmas dinner lunch!

 

Above the entrance is a second hand bookshop and a display of photographs when Beningbrough Hall was used as an RAF base.

 

Part of the walled garden.

 

The south view of Beningbrough Hall. This is a grand red-brick mansion built in 1716 for John Bourchier, a York landowner.

 

The north face of Beningbrough Hall by which you enter the magnificent building of eleven bays of windows and the large stone quoins at the corners.

 

Looking north down the approach drive of the grounds of Beningbrough Hall.

 

The house was built some way above the banks of the River Ouse to avoid being flooded. Judging from the state of the grounds in early December 2009, a good move! Looking south to the River Ouse, the grounds do not contain an 'official' lake! (left: View from south side of Hall, right: view from south facing window)

 

The west end of the main buildings with some of the extra side buildings, viewed from the west outside (left picture) and through the west windows (right picture).

 

The great 'entrance Hall' as you enter through the north door.

 

Looking across the entrance hall along the west gallery of the first floor.

 

Looking across the entrance hall along the east gallery of the first floor.

 

Some 18th century items of dress?

 

Adam Walker and his family 1731-1821. Self-taught astronomer Adam Walker was an inventor, writer and travelling lecturer. He is shown with his family - wife, daughter, three sons, two of whom became astronomers. The painting is by George Romney (1734-1802) oil painting on canvas 1796-1801. The presence of a telescope in this domestic scene shows that by the 1790's astronomy was a popular domestic activity. As a long standing friend of the Walker's, Romney described this painting as 'his favourite picture of friendship'.

 

The National Trust, Beningbrough Hall, has an agreement with the National Portrait Gallery so that over 120 portrait paintings of important-famous 18th century figures are displayed in the rooms and galleries.

Some examples are shown above and below.

 

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In one room there are some sculptured heads.

 

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