DiCamillo Companion

Burton Constable Hall

  • Earlier Houses: There was at least one earlier house on, or near, the site of the current house.

    Built / Designed For: John Constable or Sir Henry Constable

    House & Family History: The National Heritage Memorial Fund contributed £5,417,284 in 1992 toward the establishment of the charitable trust that today owns the house and grounds.

    Collections: Burton Constable is noted for its fine collection of Chippendale furniture. The National Heritage Memorial Fund allotment of £553,500 purchased some of the house contents between 1988 and 1990; the last member of the Constable family to live in the house donated the remaining contents and helped form an endowment for charitable trust. Jeremiah Hargrave's pair of sarcophagus wine cisterns, obtained for Burton Constable in 1769 by William Constable, was purchased by Leeds City Art Galleries for Temple Newsam for £120,000. Giacomo Raffaelli and Giuseppe Leonardi's pair of Italian marble and giltwood tables, purchased for Burton Constable by Sir Clifford Constable when in Rome, circa 1815, were purchased by the Leeds City Art Galleries for Temple Newsam for £565,000.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Between 1788 and 1789 Thomas Atkinson converted an existing greenhouse into the orangery for William Constable. In 1825 the body of a 58-foot-long male sperm whale (see "Images" section) washed up at Tunstall, on the Holderness coast. By the 1830s this skeleton of the world's largest toothed predator had been acquired by Sir Clifford Constable, who had the remains mounted in Burton Constable's parkland. It was here that it became an attraction that was viewed by writers, scientists, and tourists; included in that last category was Herman Melville, who described the scene in his famous 1851 novel, "Moby Dick."

  • Architect: Timothy Lightoler

    Date: Circa 1757-68
    Designed: Stable Block and interiors for William Constable

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    Architect: Lancelot Brown

    Date: 1767-82
    Designed: Landscaped Park for William Constable

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    Architect: James Wyatt

    Date: 1776-86
    Designed: Interiors of Drawing Room (1776) and castellated Old Lodge (1785-86), all for William Constable.

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    Architect: Thomas Atkinson

    Date: 1773-89
    Designed: Designed Blue Drawing Room and Billard Room (1773-76) and refaced Orangery (1788-89), all for William Constable.

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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: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 89, 1854.

    Country Life: XXI, 126, 1907. LXXII, 238, 266 plan, 1932. CLIX, 1476 [Furniture], 1622 [Furniture], 1976. Ivan Hall in May 13, 1982. CLXXI, 1114, 1198, 1278, 1358, 1982.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 1114
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Disintegration of a Heritage: Country Houses and their Collections, 1979-1992, The
    Author: Sayer, Michael
    Year Published: 1993
    Publisher: Norfolk: Michael Russell (Publishing)
    ISBN: 0859551970
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II*

  • "Treasure Hunt" (1989 - TV game show, episode 7.10, "Humberside").
  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: William Constable, 18th century; Sir Clifford Constable, 19th century; Constable family here from the 12th century until 1992.

    Current Ownership Type: Charity / Nonprofit

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

    Ownership Details: Owned by Burton Constable Foundation

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01964-562-400

    Fax: 01964-563-229

    Email: [email protected]

    Website: http://www.burtonconstable.com

    Historic Houses Member: Yes