Kiplin Hall

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This hidden gem, situated between Richmond and Northallerton, was built in 1620 by George Calvert, Secretary of State to James I and Founder of Maryland, USA.
Since then, the Calverts, Crowes, Carpenters and Talbots, all related by blood or marriage, have left their stamp on the house.

A ‘Gothic’ wing was added to the original Jacobean house in the 1820s and redesigned in 1887 by W.E. Nesfield.

This intriguing house is now furnished as a comfortable Victorian home with 16 rooms, including the fascinating Travellers’ Bedroom, open to the public. The Hall is crowded with an eclectic mix of previous owners’ furniture, paintings, portraits and personalia, including many Arts and Crafts items.

The people who owned Kiplin Hall left behind an extensive and important collection of original paintings that date from the 16th – 19th century. These paintings hang throughout the Hall, and include works by notable artists including Joachim Beuckelaer, Luca Carlevarijs, Angelica Kauffman, George Cuit, Siegfried Bendixen and George Frederic Watts.

Many of the owners of Kiplin, family members and local communities have been touched by wars since the Hall was built, from the English Civil War of the 17th century to the Second World War when an RAF Maintenance Unit requisitioned the estate, supplying bombs to local airfields.

Duty Call, an exhibition, trails and events recount 300 years of Kiplin’s owners, family members and local communities in times of war.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Gardens, Grounds and Tea Room
Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from Sunday 1 February - Wednesday 28 October, 2015, 10am - 5pm (4pm February and March)

Hall and Archaeology Exhibition - Charting Chipeling: One Thousand and One Finds
Open Good Friday and Easter Saturday 3 and 4 April and then Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 5 April until 28 October, 2015, 2pm - 5pm

Last admissions - 45 minutes before closing

Admission charges

Hall, Gardens, & Grounds
Adult £8.30 Concession £7.30 Student £7.30 Child £4.30 Family (2 plus 3) £24.50
Gardens and Grounds
Adult £5.30 Concession £4.30 Student £4.30 Child £2.30 Family (2 plus 3) £14.50

Getting there

Kiplin Hall (DL10 6AT) is midway between Richmond and Northallerton
on the B6271, about 5 miles east of the A1.
Nearest Train Station: Northallerton
Bus Route – Number 55, Richmond - Northallerton service
Coast-to-Coast – Richmond to Danby Wiske section

Additional info

Access: The ground floor, including the Shop and Tea Room, is accessible to visitors in wheelchairs. An album of photographs of the first and second floors is available at the Reception Desk.
A large print version of the ‘Kiplin Hall Brief Tour’ (self-guided) is available.

In the late 19th century, Admiral Carpenter owned Kiplin Hall near Scorton. He and his wife, Beatrice, were interested in the current, national Arts and Crafts movement. This is reflected in the blue and white tiles in the Drawing Room fireplace, designed by the architect Philip Webb and sold by William Morris’s firm, Morris & Co., in London. The Library fireplace has richly glazed tiles by William de Morgan, with wonderful ships and sea monsters. Beatrice probably embroidered the fire screen in the Lady Waterford Room, worked from a kit which was sold by Morris & Co.

Beatrice taught classes in woodcarving and inlay, where local men made the furniture she designed. Many pieces are still at Kiplin Hall. Albert Hurwood (1875-1962) of Scorton attended Mrs Carpenter’s classes and made many carved items of furniture for his home. His most remarkable piece was a magnificent, oak fireplace with over mantel, carved with vines, which his grandsons have kindly donated to Kiplin Hall.

Collection details

Architecture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Arts and Crafts furniture
  • William de Morgan tiles
  • William Morris
  • Philip Webb
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Art - KS1 'Portrait Detectives' and KS2 'You and Me '

Kiplin Hall has a unique collection of portraits covering four hundred years of history. In KS1 'Portrait Detectives'children disuss portraits and use the Art Activity Station in the Clore Education Room to enhance what they have seen. They also sketch portraits of self and partner.
KS2 'You and Me'provides an opportunity to discuss the portraits, what the children observe, and what can be 'read' from the paintings - what the sitters might be feeling, what they are holding and what other features have been included in the painting. Children will also draw their own portrait.


  • Dawn Webster (Curator)
  • Amanda Moore (Education Consultant)

Buildings - Material - Patterns KS1 'The House is Talking' KS2 'Hall Detectives'

KS1 'The House is Talking'! - Patterns are everywhere around us. Children look for patterns in and outside the buildings, use the Clore Education Room, draw and make patterned/picture clay tile.
KS2 'Hall Detectives' - Using the Buildings Activity Station in the Education Room, using resource materials to plan a guidebook, following a trail in the grounds using teamnwork to solve clues.


  • Dawn Webster (Curator)
  • Amanda Moore (Education Consultant)

Life in Victorian Britain Key Stages 1 and 2

Children are greeted at the front door and slip into the feel of Victorian times, as they put on pinafores and collars, prior to an introduction to life in the Hall.
Taking part in activities around the house, they also make use of the Education Room where dressing up clothes, objects from everyday Victorian life and storyboards help children to understand life in the Victorian era.
KS1 - 'A Child from the Past' gives an insight into how children lived and played in Queen Victoria's reign.
KS2 'A Victorian Child' - Children take part in Victorian leisure activities.


  • Dawn Webster (Curator)
  • Amanda Moore(Education Consultant)

World War II - How Children Lived

During the Second World War, Kiplin Hall was requistioned by the army. Later it was converted to flats for RAF officers. Two rooms have been left as they were during this period and there is a collection of objects from the Home Front. A programme of activties related to the time has been designed to show children what life was like on the 'home front'.


  • Dawn Wenster (Curator)

Getting there

Kiplin Hall (DL10 6AT) is midway between Richmond and Northallerton
on the B6271, about 5 miles east of the A1.
Nearest Train Station: Northallerton
Bus Route – Number 55, Richmond - Northallerton service
Coast-to-Coast – Richmond to Danby Wiske section

Kiplin Hall
Near Scorton
North Yorkshire
DL10 6AT




01748 818178

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