Visit: Apethorpe Hall
- Apethorpe Hall |
Apethorpe Hall is a Grade I listed country house of particular importance. Dating from the late 15th century, the Hall entertained Tudor and Stuart royalty, and contains one of the most important remaining Jacobean interiors in the country.
The Hall was the principal seat of the Mildmays and Fanes, Earls of Westmorland and remained in the family for over 350 years, until it was bought by Lord Brassey in 1904. Later in the 20th century, Apethorpe was turned into a school, but after this closed in 1982 it was bought by a private owner and unfortunately fell into disrepair. Since 2004 English Heritage have undertaken extensive restoration work on the Hall.
The visit to the house will be followed by going to the nearby church of St Leonard, which boasts an outstandingly grand monument of 1617 to Sir Anthony Mildmay and Sir Francis Fane. The monument is almost too high to fit into the chapel built to house it.