Talk on Georgian life in a Yorkshire country house

A talk on Georgian life in a Yorkshire country house will take place in Richmond Town Hall later this week.

The talk on Thursday will be led by Kiplin Hall’s curator, Dawn Webster, and is part of Richmond’s GeorgeFest programme of events.

Dawn will tell the audience how the Georgian period was one of innovation, progress, elegance and education.

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In 1722, Christopher Crowe the Elder bought Kiplin Hall, near Scorton, and 800 acres from his stepson, the 5th Lord Baltimore, for £7,000.

His wife, the granddaughter of King Charles II, had just died and he was bringing up his four small children alone, albeit with the help of an army of servants.

Christopher and his sons and grandsons modernised the 100-year old Jacobean house, bought more than 3,000 acres of surrounding land, made improvements to the gardens and estate, and enjoyed the comfortable lifestyle of the Georgian gentry.

They were involved in local activities and events, particularly Christopher Crowe the Younger, who saved Richmond from fire and destruction by leading the local Yeomanry Cavalry to quell a riot by Swaledale and Wensleydale miners over the price of grain in 1757.

He was awarded the Freedom of Richmond and presented with an engraved silver-gilt tobacco box which is on display at Kiplin.

In the reign of King George IV, the 4th Earl of Tyrconnel married the Crowe heiress and brought family portraits, furniture and leather-bound books to grace Kiplin’s rooms.

This richly illustrated talk will look at the public and private lives of Kiplin’s Georgian owners, through their portraits, documents and personal belongings, ranging from a cavalry sabre to a tiny silver rouge pot, as well as some of their connections with Richmond.

Dawn Webster has been Curator of Kiplin Hall for 16 years. Her illustrated talk will take place at Richmond Town Hall, in the Market Place, on Thursday 17 August at 7.30 pm.

This is a free event, but donations would be appreciated towards conservation work at Kiplin Hall.

Call 01748 818178 for more information.