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Melton Constable Hall

  • Built / Designed For: Sir Jacob Astley

    House & Family History: The Red Drawing Room ceiling contains original decoration from 1687. The balustrade was added in 1757 and the East Facade was extended in 1810.

    Comments: Melton Constable Hall is considered a significant example of the classical country house in the style of Sir Roger Pratt and Hugh May and the finest example of the Christopher Wren style of house.

  • Garden & Outbuildings: Capability Brown landscaped the grounds between 1764 and 1769. The lookout tower dates from the late 16th century.

  • Architect: Lancelot Brown

    Date: 1764-69
    Designed: Landscaping

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    Architect: Unknown (designed by an unknown architect)

    Date: 1810
    Designed: Extended East Façade

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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. II, p. 93, 1855.

    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: Vol. III, 1820.

    Country Life: XVIII, 378, 1905. LXIV, 364, 402, 478 [Needlework, furniture], 1928. LXXX, 266, 1936.

  • Title: Country Life: 100 Favourite Houses
    Author: Green, Candida Lycett
    Year Published: 1999
    Publisher: London: Boxtree
    ISBN: 0752213334
    Book Type: Hardback

    Title: Burke's and Savills Guide to Country Houses, Volume III: East Anglia
    Author: Kenworthy-Browne, John; Reid, Peter; Sayer, Michael; Watkin, David
    Year Published: 1981
    Publisher: London: Burke's Peerage
    ISBN: 0850110351
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Grade II

  • "The Go-Between" (1971).
  • Seat of: Roger Gawn; here since 1986.

    Past Seat of: Sir Jacob Astley, 17th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No