Sir Robert Smirke's Birthday
Sunday, 1st October 1780
Born this day in 1780 in London, Robert Smirke is best known for designing the British Museum. He usually worked in a Greek Revival style but could sometimes adopt a mediaeval mode, as he did at Wilton Castle in North Yorkshire. From 1830 to 32 he restored York Minster following an arson attack. He died in 1867.
Normanby Hall, once the seat of the Sheffields, was built between 1825 and 1830 to the designs of Sir Robert Smirke. Walter H Brierley added wings in 1906. Smirke’s marble chimney-pieces, carved perhaps by one of the Westmacotts, remain, and Smirke’s colour scheme has been restored in the halls, library and music room. http://www.northlincs.gov.uk/tourism-museums-and-the-arts/normanby-hall-country-park/ (read more...)