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Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon

Newby Hall and Gardens

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Newby Hall, near Ripon, is the Yorkshire home of Mr & Mrs Richard Compton. Featured in BBC television's "Heirs & Graces", this beautiful late 17th century house, with much of the interior later designed by Robert Adam, was built in the style of Sir Christopher Wren.

William Weddell, an ancestor of Mr Compton, was a prominent member of the Dilettanti society and had made the "Grand Tour" in 1765-6. Amongst the treasures he brought back from Europe were magnificent classical sculptures and a superb set of Gobelins Tapestries. In order to house all these treasures, Weddell commissioned the Architect Robert Adam to create the splendid domed Sculpture Gallery and Tapestry Room that we see today. Indeed the entire contents of the Tapestry Room are still in their original condition, which makes the room unique.

At the beginning of the 19th century the third Lord Grantham built the Regency Dining Room; it is in marked contrast to Adam's fine mouldings and the graceful elegance of the rest of the house - an elegance restored in recent years by Mrs Compton, who painstakingly researched Adam's original colours. Newby also possess many fine pieces of Chippendale furniture, porcelain and paintings.

Award Winning Gardens
25 acres of award-winning Gardens are full of rare and beautiful plants. Newby's famous double herbaceous borders form the main axis; off this central walk are formal compartmented gardens such as Sylvia's Garden, a species Rose Garden, Water Garden and even a Tropical Garden - truly "A Garden for All Seasons". The National Collection of CORNUS is also held at Newby.
Newby's exciting Adventure Garden for Children has been thoughtfully and safely designed for children of all ages - from the paddling pool, sandpit and swings for toddlers through to climbing frames and bridges, an aerial slide and pedalo boats for the older children. And of course, Newby's famous Miniature Railway is for children and adults alike - of all ages

Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon

Historic House, Gardens, Tea Room, Picnic Area, Children, Car Park, Private Group Tours, School Tours Available,

Weddings and Conferences
Newby Hall is perfectly placed to cater for a wedding (both civil ceremony & reception), dinner, drinks party (or a conference in the "Grantham Room").

Further Information

After over two years in the repair shop the Royal Scot replica steam locomotion has returned to the tracks of the mile and a half long miniature railway set alongside the River Ure in the beautiful gardens at Newby Hall.

This has been a labour of love which started nearly four years ago when David Driffield, who runs the miniature railway operation at Newby, discovered serious wear and tare on parts of the engine. After a full examination David realised that a full refit was required and specialist help would be needed. Hundreds of hours of repair and assembly work was carried out locally by Mike Stabbins working alongside companies who specialise in producing parts for wheel tyres, boiler parts, clupets, rings and pistons.

The work started by stripping down the engine and cleaning every nut and bolt of 50 years of oil and grime. A further challenge for Mike was the lack of any original plans for the 1953 engine which was built by Stanley Battison of Ilkleston as a 1/5th scale replica of the original Royal Scot. Purely by chance the team stumbled across Stanley’s daughter who provided invaluable information and eight months in to the rebuild some original drawings of Stanley’s engine were found at an engineering show.

Finally work by Ripon Paint and Body and sign writing by Karen Dodds have returned the Royal Scot to its former glory. The Royal Scot will once again run alongside The Countess De Grey and The Lady Mary Vyner, two diesel type class 52 locomotives.

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