Constable Burton Hall

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Marmaduke D'Arcy Wyvill on the steps of Constable Burton Hall

Constable Burton Hall is a grade I-listed Georgian mansion of dressed stone in an extensive and well wooded park in the village of Constable Burton in North Yorkshire, and is privately owned by the Wyvill family. The house is a two-storey ashlar faced structure with a five bay frontage having an elegant recessed Ionic portico. The principal entrance is approached by a double flight of steps. The side elevation has a pediment and there is a large projecting bay to the rear of the house.


Marmaduke Wyvill (1815–1896)

The estate came into the Wyvill family by marriage in the reign of Edward VI and a house was constructed in Elizabethan times to an H-shaped floor plan. In 1611 Marmaduke Wyvill was created a baronet. The house then passed down to the 7th Baronet, also Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, who in 1768 commissioned John Carr of York to renovate it in the Palladian style. The 7th Baronet was High Sheriff of Yorkshire for 1773 and died unmarried in 1774, causing the baronetcy to be extinguished.

He left the estate to his cousin and brother-in-law, the Rev. Christopher Wyvill, from whom it descended in turn via the latter's son Marmaduke, the MP for York, to Marmaduke's son, also Marmaduke (1815–1896). He represented Richmond in Parliament for many years and was also a world class chess player. The current owner is his grandson, Charles Wyvill.[1]

In 1984, the hall was listed as a grade II listed building.[2] The pub in the village is called The Wyvill Arms.[3] The house and gardens are private. Please consult website for special events

Popular culture[edit]

The hall was also featured in the British television series All Creatures Great and Small, in the episode "Be Prepared", as the home of Major Headingley.[4]


  1. ^ "Wyvill Family". Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Constable Burton Hall  (Grade II) (1001060)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  3. ^ Lloyd, Chris (21 April 2016). "Review: The Wyvill Arms, Constable Burton". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Constable Burton Hall, Constable Burton, N Yorks – All Creatures Great & Small, Be Prepared (1980)" -

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Coordinates: 54°18′58″N 1°45′00″W / 54.31609°N 1.75003°W / 54.31609; -1.75003