Visit to Doddington Hall
Saturday, 8th September 2018
Our Visit to Doddington Hall on Tuesday was the last of the year. About twenty four members attended. We arrived in Lincoln in time for Lunch and had a couple of hours to explore the city centre. The day was overcast but not cold.
At Doddington Hall we were split into two groups, each of which received a separate guided tour. While the exterior of the house is Elizabethan, the interiors belong to the eighteenth century. Particularly note worthy is the staircase which rises through three storeys.
The restoration of a set of tapestries was going on on the first floor and the groups were able to watch the conservators at work.
The house was built in 1595 - 1600 for Thomas Tailor, a Lawyer from Lincoln, to the designs of Robert Smythson. The house has passed through the female line to the Hussey family and then to the Delevals. John Hussey Delaval, 1st Baron Delaval, employed Thomas and William Lumby of Lincoln to make improvements to the interior in 1761. ... (read more...)