Kiplin Hall (Yorkshire)

I had wanted to visit Kiplin Hall but it is so far North that it took until 2016 to get there.

It looks very pretty doesn’t it?  Indeed it does, but I’d suggest that if you do not want any expectations to rest unmet, that you don’t go inside.

The interior has not been lived in for longer than time can forgive and it needs an extensive overhaul to get it anywhere near fit for a wonderful experience.  I’d even go as far as saying that if a private buyer could be found for this house and the property could be made into a private home, it should be.

It’s sad when I see a property in this condition.  It’s looked after by a trust but the evident flair of the gardening team (show in the walled garden) is putting those who care for the property to shame.  Either they lack funds or correct guidance, or both.

It was a disappointment.

When I criticise a house that is run (often) by dedicated volunteers, there are always some out there that disagree with me.  However, in this case I tend to agree with the National Trust’s estimation of the house.  I would wish the volunteers good luck.

“The National Trust was Miss Talbot’s [the last owner] greatest hope and letters were exchanged between them from 1938 until their final rejection of the estate in 1958. The Trust’s officers were never keen to accept Kiplin, stating that it was of no particular architectural or historic interest. In the somewhat unlikely event of its acceptance, conditions would include the provision of a suitable endowment to maintain the estate and the demolition of the post-Jacobean service and library wings. Miss Talbot was vehemently against knocking down the Library and had her own set of conditions for the Trust. A mutually agreeable solution was impossible and in April 1958 an article in The Times carried the headline Yorkshire Mansion to be Demolished. But Bridget Talbot had been knocked down on a pedestrian crossing and was in a London nursing home with a broken leg. She did not telephone the demolition firm and the Hall remained standing.

She visited Maryland in 1963 and made one last attempt to enlist help from there in 1967. When nothing came of this, Miss Talbot set up the Kiplin Hall Trust and registered it with the Charity Commission in February 1968. Its purpose was To hold Kiplin Hall and its appurtenances upon Trust permanently to preserve the same for the benefit of the nation as a place of beauty and historical and architectural interest… Her cousin, Hugh Chetwynd Talbot, was the first Chairman of Trustees. Bridget Talbot died at Kiplin Hall on 29 November 1971, leaving the contents of the house to the Trustees in her will.”

When visited: August 2016

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