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Kiplin Hall near Scorton, Richmond, North Yorks. 19th Aug 2012
Kiplin Hall was the country seat of George Calvert, founder of Maryland, U.S.A., who built this handsome Jacobean Hall in a pretty vale between Richmond and Northallerton. From the 1620s, the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots, all related by blood or marriage, left their stamp on the house, altering the buildings to suit their needs. Each family brought furnishings, paintings and personal possessions. Much of these collections remain, and the Hall’s interior is a fine example of a Victorian country house at the close of the 19th century, which also retains characteristics of its Jacobean beginnings.
Kiplin Hall stands in one hundred acres of woodland, gardens, parkland and lake. The gardens were largely laid out by the mid-nineteenth century, but fell into disuse after the First World War. These ‘lost’ gardens are being restored, recreating the glorious period of the Carpenter family’s residence. Delightful formal gardens, woodland and lakeside walks, snowdrops, spring flowers. New planting in 2011: knot gardens, young fruit trees in the Walled Garden and a sensory garden.
The 18th century Pleasure Grounds included a delightful wood where beams of sunlight glance through the trees. Victorian owners of Kiplin added a lily pond in a glade in the woodland. Woodland Trails explore this magical place and lead to views into the parkland and back to the Hall. A mile-long footpath around the lake is a welcome addition to a visit to the Hall and presents beautiful views across the lake to the house. Wild flowers thrive here and it is home to herons, swans and other aquatic birds.