The entrance facade
Detail of entrance facade door surround
The garden facade
Garden facade door surround
Garden and side facades
One of a set of two chandeliers made for Holme Lacy, later moved to Beningbrough Hall.
The 1911 royal warrant issued to Dobbie and Company by the Board of Green Cloth, signed the 10th Earl of Chesterfield.
Earlier Houses: There was an earlier Elizabethan manor house on, or near, the site of the current house.
Built / Designed For: John Bourchier III
House & Family History: Channeling the Roman Baroque, Beningbrough contains one of the most impressive Baroque interiors in England. The house is famous for its Baroque plasterwork, exceptional wood carving, and an unusual central corridor that spans the full length of the house. In 1916 Beningbrough was purchased by the 1st Baron Nunburnholme as a belated wedding gift for his daughter, Enid, who had married the 10th Earl of Chesterfield in 1900. During World War II the house was occupied by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Lord and Lady Chesterfield had no children; consequently, at her death in 1957, the house and estate were acquired by the National Trust in lieu of death duties. In a blast from the past, when the 10th Earl of Chesterfield died in 1933 his "New York Times" obituary specifically mentioned his exceptional taste in neckties, which “achieved the triumph of being brilliant without being loud or vulgar."
Collections: Beningbrough is noted for its fine collection of Asian porcelain and Kneller's famous portraits of the Kit Cat Club, part of the collection of over 100 portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London. In the early 20th century the Earl and Countess of Chesterfield restored the house and furnished it with paintings and heirlooms from Holme Lacy, one of Lord Chesterfield's ancestral seats. A gilded wood and metal chandelier (one of a pair) made circa 1710-15 for James, 3rd Viscount Scudmore, for the state apartments at Holme Lacy is today in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Louis XIV Baroque style chandelier (see "Images" section), with eight acanthus-scroll branches and feather-plumed masks, was installed at Beningbrough by the 10th Earl of Chesterfield as part of the early 20th century redecoration and refurnishing of the house; the chandelier was at Beningbrough from 1916 until 1958.
Garden & Outbuildings: In the early 1920s Lady Chesterfield established a stud farm at Beningbrough and bred thoroughbred racehorses, one of which, "Sun Castle," won the 1941 St. Leger Stakes. There is today an actively used walled garden and a Victorian laundry in the grounds of the house.
Architect: William ThorntonDate: 1716
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. 3, 1852.
Country Life: XX, 342, 1906. LXII, 772, 820, 1927. CLXX, 1950, 2098, 2170 plan, 1981.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 2008
Reference: pg. 1041
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardback
Title: Best Buildings of England, The
Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
Year Published: 1986
Publisher: London: Viking
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: Sir Ralph Bourchier, 1556-98. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: John Bourchier III, 1716-36; John Bourchier IV, 1736-59; Dr. Ralph Bourchier, 18th century; Bourchier family here from the 16th century until 1827. William Henry Dawnay, 6th Viscount Downe, 1827-46; Payan Dawnay, 19th century. Edwyn Francis Scudamore-Stanhope, 10th Earl of Chesterfield, 1916-33; Enid Edith Scudamore-Stanhope, Countess of Chesterfield, 1933-57.
Current Ownership Type: The National Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction