The Yorkshire Chippendale Trail
Yorkshire contains the biggest concentration of houses with documented furniture made by Thomas Chippendale the elder and younger, perhaps reflecting the family's origins in the county.
Bowling Hall Road
Telephone 01274 431814
With parts of the building dating from the Medieval period, Bolling Hall is a rambling mixture of styles with every nook and cranny packed with history. During the Civil War the household supported the Royalist cause, and the house provided a stronghold during the 'Siege of Bradford'.
Rooms are furnished and decorated to give an accurate taste of life at different periods of the house's history, and the fascinating furniture on display includes a superb bed made for Harewood House by Thomas Chippendale.
Cannon Hall Museum
Bark House Lane
Telephone 01226 790270
For almost 300 years Cannon Hall was home to the Spencer-Stanhope family who made their fortunes in the local iron industry. Between 1765 and 1785, over £30,000 was spent on major improvements to the Hall. Final major additions came in the late 19th century, including the ballroom and the Victorian Kitchens and Servants Quarters, all of which survive intact. An astounding mix of paintings, metalwork, ceramics, modern glassware and furniture collections are displayed in exhibition galleries throughout the Hall's historic rooms.
Telephone 0113 218 1010
When Edwin Lascelles started building Harewood House in 1759 he wanted nothing but the best for his new home. He employed the finest craftsmen of the time: York-born architect John Carr, fashionable interior designer Robert Adam, England’s greatest furniture maker Thomas Chippendale and visionary landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
Telephone 01924 863892
Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years. Sir Rowland Winn commissioned James Paine to build the house n 1733. His son, the 5th Baronet employed Robert Adam to finish it in the neoclassical style. Thomas Chippendale was hired to decorate and furnish the interiors. As a result, Nostell has one of the largest and finest Chippendale collections in the country.
Telephone 0845 4504068
Newby Hall is an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Built in the 1690s by Sir Christopher Wren the house was later enlarged and adapted by John Carr, and subsequently Robert Adam, who created a drawing room specifically for William Weddell's set of Gobelins tapestries which he ordered in Paris in 1763. Thomas Chippendale was commissioned to provide the sofas and chairs, designed to fit around the room under the tapestries. They are the only pieces of Chippendale furniture known to have retained their original upholstery and covers.
Telephone 01964 562400
On the face of it, an Elizabethan mansion, Burton Constable's history goes back to the 13th century. The building we see today, built in 1560, incorporates remains of the earlier manor house including the north lodgings wing and north tower, both of which were ‘modernised’ with new stone mullioned windows and mock quoins to match the new building. The rooms are filled with collections that range from Tudor portraits to William Constable's Cabinet of Curiosities to Chippendale chairs.
Telephone 01748 822000
This Georgian house was designed by John Carr, amongst others, and incorporates an earlier building. Aske has been the home of the Dundas family since 1763. It is open to the public only on the Heritage Open Days in September each year.
Temple Newsam House
Temple Newsam Road
Off Selby Road
Telephone 0113 336 7461
Built in 1518, Temple Newsam House is a Tudor-Jacobean country mansion with grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. Following extensive restoration over 40 interiors now display one of the most important collections of fine and decorative arts in Britain which were designated as being of pre-eminent importance in 1997 – the first country house to be recognised in this way. It is home to the Chippendale Society Collection.