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Wynyard Hall Classic Car Show 28th May 2017
Wynyard Hall was designed by Philip Wyatt and Ignatius Bonomi, incorporating French and Italian marble, Spanish mahogany, stone from the family quarry, and exquisite stained glass. The elaborate interior design is a reflection of the extravagant style, popular during the reign of the French king, Louis XIV. The magnificent hall and its surroundings provided the perfect setting for lavish entertainment, fit for only the most important and influential people in the land. Generations of Londonderrys hosted everyone from royalty to writers and artists. Subsequent holders of the title, particularly the 5th, 6th, and 7th Marquesses, developed the estate further. Unfortunately, as the 20th century rolled on, crippling death duties and loss of mining income took its toll. After inheriting the title in 1955 at the age of 18, the 9th Marquess found himself unable to maintain the Londonderry family seat. In 1987, he sold the Wynyard Estate to Sir John Hall. who immediately embarked on an renovation programme, restoring the hall and parkland to its former glory. Wynyard Hall is now a four-star country house hotel with rose gardens in the grounds which is where the classic cars were displayed.