Kirby Hall

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Kirby Hall
country house ruin
Kirby Hall - north front from forecourt.jpg
Kirby Hall 2016
Country England
Region Midlands
District Leicestershire
Municipality Corby
Founded 17th century
Owner English Heritage
Visitation accessible to the public for a fee (year round)

Kirby Hall is an Elizabethan country house, located near Gretton, Northamptonshire, England. The nearest main town is Corby. Kirby was owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I. It is a leading and early example of the Elizabethan prodigy house. Construction on the building began in 1570, based on the designs in French architectural pattern books and expanded in the classical style over the course of the decades. The house is now in a semi-ruined state with many parts roof-less although the Great Hall and state rooms remain intact. The gardens, with their elaborate ‘cutwork’ design, complete with statues and urns, have been recently restored.

The building and gardens are owned by The Earl of Winchilsea, and managed by English Heritage.

Kirby Hall has been used as a filming location in many productions. These include the following; an episode (6. Protest and Communication) of Kenneth Clark's Civilisation,[1] and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park[2][3] and A Christmas Carol for Ealing Studios in 1999, and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story in 2005. In 2014 it was the venue for an edition of BBC One's Antiques Roadshow.[4]

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  1. ^ Clark, Kenneth (1969) 6. Protest and Communication, Civilisation, BBC
  2. ^ "Mansfield Park". The Castles and Manor Houses of Cinema's Greatest Period Films. Architectural Digest. January 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mansfield Park". The Castles and Manor Houses of Cinema's Greatest Period Films. Architectural Digest. January 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
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Media related to Kirby Hall at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 52°31′27″N 0°38′14″W / 52.52417°N 0.63722°W / 52.52417; -0.63722