DiCamillo Companion

Badger Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Isaac Hawkins Browne

    Collections: Some contents of Badger Hall were sold in September of 1945.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: The Doric-style Temple, a folly designed circa 1783 by James Wyatt for the iron and coal magnate Sir Isaac Hawkins Browne, was saved and restored in the 1990s by the Vivat Trust as holiday accommodation. Famous for its painted furniture designed by Wyatt, the folly was built as a platform to view the Dingle, a deep sandstone gorge through which flows the River Whorfe (reproductions of Wyatt's furniture for the Temple, commissioned in the late 20th century by the Vivat Trust, are today in the collection of Weston Park, where they are part of the furnishing of the Temple of Diana). Sir Isaac hired William Eames to further enhance the setting of the Temple by landscaping the grounds of Badger Hall. The Temple, today called The Birdhouse, is currently operated by The Landmark Trust as a venue short holiday breaks.

  • Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: 1779-83
    Designed: Remodeled House for Isaac Hawkins Browne

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    Architect: Edward Haycock Sr.

    Date: 1849
    Designed: Alterations to House for Robert Cheney

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    Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: Circa 1783
    Designed: Doric-style Temple for Sir Isaac Hawkins Browne

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    Architect: William Eames (Emes)

    Date: 18th century
    Designed: Landscape for Sir Isaac Hawkins Browne

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  • John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. I, p. 49, 1852.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 1115
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: No Voice From the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper
    Author: Harris, John
    Year Published: 1998
    Publisher: London: John Murray
    ISBN: 0719555671
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Demolished

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Isaac Hawkins Browne, 18th century. Robert Cheney, 19th century. Capel-Cure family.

    Current Ownership Type: Demolished

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished

  • House Open to Public: House Demolished - Folly Open by Appointment

    Historic Houses Member: No