Apethorpe Hall: An English Country House

Nick Hill

7th May 2016

St Andrew's Hospital, Billing Road, Northampton

Apethorpe Hall is one of Northamptonshire's most important country houses, dating back to the late 15th century.  It is particularly notable for its suite of state rooms, created in 1622-24 by Francis Lane, 1st Earl of Westmorland, at the command of James I.  The fine Jacobean interiors include decorative plaster ceilings, fireplaces and original panelling.  Much work was carried out in later centuries, including remodelling in the 1740s attributed to the leading Palladian architect Roger Morris.  The house suffered serious neglect in the 20th century, but was the focus of a major rescue project in 2004-14 by English Heritage.

Nick Hill is a chartered building surveyor and works for English Heritage (now Historic England).  He led the rescue works project at Apethorpe from the outset and has also been involved with the major multi-disciplinary research programme which accompanied the repair work. The research will culminate in the publication of a monograph on Apethorpe, to be published by Yale in summer 2016.

This lecture followed the Annual General Meeting of the Society.

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