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Kirby Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Sir Humphrey Stafford and Sir Christopher Hatton

    House & Family History: Kirby Hall was begun in 1570 by Sir Humphrey Stafford, a courtier at the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Sir Humphrey's monumental house far outstripped his insignificant position at court and he sold the House, unfinished, to Sir Christopher Hatton, who completed Kirby in 1575. Sir Christopher was lord chancellor to Elizabeth I and finished the House in grand style. Kirby is a stone house constructed on a quadrangle and was one of the first buildings in England to employ Renaissance principles of classical architecture. The House was enlarged and altered in the 17th century. In the 19th century Kirby fell into a decline from which it never recovered. The House is today a partial ruin that is owned and operated by English Heritage. The H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory at the University of Bristol, designed by Oatley & Lawrence 1921-27, is closely modeled on Kirby Hall.

    Comments: Kirby is considered one of England's greatest Elizabethan houses.

  • Architect: Inigo Jones

    Date: 1638-40
    Designed: Attic story of House
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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  • John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. III, 1826.

    Country Life: XX, 558, 1906.

  • Title: Pevsner Architectural Guides: Bristol
    Author: Foyle, Andrew; Cherry, Bridget
    Year Published: 2004
    Reference: pg. 243
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300104421
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: V&A Guide to Period Styles: 400 Years of British Art and Design, The
    Author: Jackson, Anna; Hinton, Morna
    Year Published: 2002
    Reference: pg. 15
    Publisher: London: V&A Publications
    ISBN: 0810965909
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "Civilisation" (1969 - BBC TV series, episode 6, "Protest and Communication"). "Mansfield Park" (1999). "A Christmas Carol" (1999 - as Scrooge's school). "A History of Britain" (2000 - TV documentary series). "Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story" (2005).
  • Past Seat of: Sir Humphrey Stafford, 16th century. Sir Christopher Hatton, 16th century.

    Current Ownership Type: English Heritage

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Visitor Attraction

  • House Open to Public: Yes

    Phone: 01536-203-230

    Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk

    Website: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk

    Historic Houses Member: No