Papplewick Hall, Nottinghamshire
Completed in the 1780s for the Hon. Frederick Montague, Pappelwick Hall is now a Grade I listed country. Probably designed by William Lindley of Doncaster, the house has the elegant simplicity, without severity, of the best Georgian design.
The exterior is nearly cubic, with a partially rusticated basement and ionic pilasters embracing the upper floors. The interiors have plaster work in the Adam style and sculpted panels by Flaxman. The most dramatic feature is the curving stone cantilevered staircase in the entrance hall.
Frederick Montague never married and died childless in 1800. The house passed to his niece Catherine Judith Fountayn, who also never married, who lived there until her death in 1822. The house then passed to an Andrew Montagu and was inherited by his nephew James Fountayne Montagu. James developed the estate as a stud farm but the business failed, due to the First World War, and the estate was bought by Alderman Albert Ball, a famous Mayor of Nottingham and father of flying ace Captain Albert Ball.
The estate lands are now divided, but the hall remains in private ownership.