Lawkland Hall and Garden and Giggleswick Chapel

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  • Tuesday 10 September 2013 - 10:30

Lawkland Hall and Garden

Mr & Mrs Giles  Bowring will guide this private visit . Fine old houses like Lawkland Hall, Austwick are unusual in the local area.  It is also unusual because eleven generations of the same family, the Inglebys, owned it for 350 years. The first hall on the site is said to have been built by the Yorke family in mediaeval times.  Peter Yorke, one of ten sons of a Lord Mayor of London, married a daughter of Sir William Ingleby of Ripley Castle near Harrogate, and later sold Lawkland to a relation, John Ingleby. The 18th century saw further rebuilding and refurbishment, notably a grander stairway to reach the first floor “great chamber”.

The Bowrings have made considerable changes to their lovely garden which includes the original stone lions from Italy and a sunken bath (copied from the Hotel Danieli in Venice).

Giggleswick Chapel.

Mr Bowring will show us round the chapel, which was the gift of Walter Morrison of Malham to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.  The architect, T. G. Jackson was challenged to design a Gothic building yet make it appear as if it were natural to the surroundings. It was also Morrison’s wish that the building should be finished and furnished  in every respect, leaving no room for subsequent intrusion of possibly unsympathetic work.

This event is organised by a local supporter group to help raise money for the Art Fund.